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The attorney for former national security adviser John Bolton released a scathing statement Monday implying that White House officials were responsible for the leak of details from his forthcoming book.
Cooper added that he submitted Bolton’s manuscript to the National Security Council’s records management division on Dec. 30 to allow it to confirm that no classified information was included, something that is standard for ex-government officials who have written books.
“We submitted the manuscript … on the assurance that the ‘process of reviewing submitted materials is restricted to those career government officials and employees regularly charged with responsibility for such reviews’ and that the ‘contents of Ambassador Bolton’s manuscript will not be reviewed or otherwise disclosed to any persons not regularly involved in that process.’”
Cooper’s statement comes a day after details of portions of Bolton’s book were leaked to the New York Times, specifically including claims Trump told Bolton that the withholding of military aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats during an August 2019 meeting.
Following the leak of the manuscript, Trump took to Twitter to deny the claims.