Former Trump National Security Adviser John Bolton gained a temporary win on Saturday, when a Federal Judge rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to block the release of Bolton’s memoir about his time in the administration.
However, though Democrat celebrated the ruling, the judge slammed Bolton’s brazen violation of his non-disclosure agreement and said Bolton has opened himself up to criminal charges. Numerous legal experts agree that the Trump administration could prosecute and even imprison Bolton due to his betrayal of the American people.
Just The News reported:
Joseph diGenova, a former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, said Saturday that Bolton’s possible publication of classified materials could lead to a prison sentence.
“According to published reports, there were classified affidavits filed in the civil case by the Intelligence Community which alleged major compromises of sources and methods, including the identities of persons of great significance,” diGenova told Just the News.
“If that is all true,” he continued, “not only do I expect the government to file a civil lawsuit under Snepp, but if in fact there are human sources as well as signals intelligence that have been compromised, I expect him to be indicted.”
“The reason is very simple,” he said. “A person of that stature who flouts and betrays the standards of classified information must not be allowed to tell other people subject to those restrictions that they can get away with it. The department almost has no choice.”
DiGenova, who said he was “absolutely disgusted” with the former Trump official, claimed Bolton’s behavior was “not only a betrayal of the POTUS, who he purported to serve, but it is a betrayal of the trust of the American people.”
Legal commentator Alan Dershowitz chimed in on the speculation that Bolton could face dire consequences for his defiance of the White House’s request for additional editing.
Dershowitz told Just The News that there “may be a basis for a lawsuit against Bolton by the government,” pointing to a similar case in which a CIA intelligence analyst in Saigon during the Vietnam War published a book following his departure from the agency.
The government sued the writer, and the Supreme Court ruled that the writer had to “surrender his monetary earnings to the federal government and enjoining him from future publication without prepublication review from the government.”
Though Dershowitz expressed that he’s on Bolton’s side in the impending legal kerfuffle, “the law is not necessarily in his favor.”
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