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John Bolton can gather evidence about classification process, judge rules

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Former national security adviser John Bolton can seek evidence about the classification process around his book in case there was bad faith decision-making by the White House and intelligence community meant to protect President Donald Trump politically, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.

(CNN)Former national security adviser John Bolton can seek evidence about the classification process around his book in case there was bad faith decision-making by the White House and intelligence community meant to protect President Donald Trump politically, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.

The court case over whether the federal government can take Bolton's proceeds related to the book will continue.

Bolton maintains he didn't intend to reveal classified information and believed the Trump administration classified information about the President after the book had gone through almost all needed approval steps.

The book approval official Bolton worked with has backed up his retelling of the process, saying through her lawyer that Trump allies sought to protect the President.

"Bolton may conduct discovery only on his allegations that President Trump or senior White House officials acted in bad faith by intentionally delaying prepublication review and by attempting to attempting unduly influence classification decisions," Lamberth wrote.

Former Attorney General William Barr had signed off on a White House request to sue to stop the publication of Bolton's book, an extraordinary move days before its release.

The lawyers advised that an attempt to stop Bolton's book publication was ill-fated.

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