The US sues Bolton, former Trump adviser for blocking book publishing

The United States on Tuesday sued former national security adviser John Bolton, seeking to prevent it from publishing a book about its time in the White House, saying it contained classified information and would compromise national security.

US President Donald Trump said a day later that the publication of the book would violate Bolton's law.

The White House National Security Council has determined that in its current form, some passages in the manuscript - some long paragraphs - contain classified national security information, ”the lawsuit said.

The publication of the book is "irreparable because exposure to examples of classified information in the manuscript can be expected to cause serious harm or an extraordinary risk to the national security of the United States," according to the lawsuit.

Trump fired Bolton last September after nearly 17 months as a national security adviser.

Trump said Monday that Bolton knew he had categorized the information in his book and had not completed the clearing process for books written by former government officials with sensitive information.

Attorney General William Burr said the Justice Department is trying to complete the Bolton approval process and "essentially remove classified information."

Bolton's "The Room When It Happened: A White House Memoir" will be published on June 23rd.

The publisher, Simon & Schuster, says the book provides an insider account of Trump's "inconsistent, ugly decision-making process."

Simon and Schuster did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.

The book describes Trump's dealings with China, Russia, Ukraine, North Korea, Iran, Britain, France and Germany.

"This is a Donald Trump book that you don't want to read."

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