Washington (CNN)Former national security adviser John Bolton accuses President Donald Trump of lying more than once while in office during an interview with ABC News to be broadcast on Sunday, according to a promotional clip released by the network.
“Is the President lying?” ABC’s Martha Raddatz asks Bolton.
“Yes, he is. And it’s not the first time,” Bolton responds.
Bolton’s book has already shipped to warehouses ahead of its scheduled release. He has taped the interview with ABC slated to air Sunday. And a source close to him says he is intent on publishing the book as scheduled Tuesday, meaning he expects to deal with any ramifications from the administration in the aftermath, not before.
The Justice Department, in its filing on Tuesday, didn’t ask for emergency action in court, so Bolton may take several weeks before he responds, and the judge may not weigh in until after — long past the book’s publication date.
Bolton’s publisher, Simon & Schuster, said in a statement Tuesday that the lawsuit “is nothing more than the latest in a long running series of efforts by the Administration to quash publication of a book it deems unflattering to the President.”
“Ambassador Bolton has worked in full cooperation with the NSC in its pre-publication review to address its concerns and Simon & Schuster fully supports his First Amendment right to tell the story of his time in the White House to the American public,” the statement said.