Bolton’s book

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President Donald Trump speaks as National security advisor John Bolton listens during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House on in Washington DC, USA. The Justice Department has filed a civil complaint against former national security adviser John Bolton to try to stop him from publishing a book about his tenure in the White House, arguing that it contains "classified information" that could compromise national security. President Trump addressed his deep displeasure with Bolton and his book in a meeting in the Cabinet Room on Monday. May 22, 2018. Photo by Oliver Contreras/Pool/ABACAPRESS.COM

The US government is suing former national security adviser John Bolton. Details about Bolton’s tell-all White House memoir started to come out right after we taped this episode, but let’s focus on the big issues here: the president is using the US Department of Justice to stop a former government official from talking about him. The suit says John Bolton breached both his obligation not to disclose classified information and his obligations under a non-disclosure agreement he signed when he took the job at the White House. President Trump says any conversation he has with people is classified — that’s not true, but it does reflect the expansive view he has of his ability to suppress public comments of his former employees.

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Josh Barro, Ken White

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Sara Fay