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U.S. Seeks to Seize John Bolton Book Profits Without a Trial

July 30, 2020, 11:35 PM

The U.S. government asked a federal judge in Washington to rule in its favor without a trial as it seeks to seize the proceeds from former National Security Advisor John Bolton’s tell-all memoir.

The government said in a court filing on Thursday that Bolton violated nondisclosure agreements when he released his memoir, “The Room Where It Happened,” without completing a pre-publication review to ensure the book didn’t contain classified information. After failing to prevent the book’s publication, the government is now seeking to seize his $2 million advance as well as any royalties he receives.

John Bolton’s book “The Room Where it Happened”
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Bolton was “repeatedly...

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