Former Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton fired back at former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s assertion that he should be jailed over his Trump tell-all book, calling the secretary of state’s comment “beyond reckless.”
In a new book Pompeo calls Bolton a “scumbag loser” over his book The Room Where It Happened, in which Bolton relays Trump’s private conversations and what Pompeo says were highly sensitive material.
Pompeo in the book compares Bolton to Edward Snowden, who leaked surveillance secrets to the media in 2013, except that Snowden “at least had the decency not to lie about his motive.”
Bolton, Pompeo writes, should “be in jail, for spilling classified information” and that he hopes to one day testify at Bolton’s trial.
Speaking on CNN, Bolton responded: “What he knows, in fact — or should know — is that my book went through a four-month-long pre-publication review process precisely to make sure there was no classified information in the book. It was arduous at times I can tell you. The National Security Council senior director responsible for that review cleared the book. And inside the White House, because Donald Trump didn’t want the book published before the election, he fired the senior director, a career employee of the National Archives, from her job and tried to get another review going.”
Bolton said that Pompeo “knows or should have known” that the book cleared the review process with the federal government to ensure that no classified or sensitive information was in it.
“If he didn’t know about it,” Bolton added, “it’s incompetence in writing the book for not checking out the facts before he put it down on paper. And if he did know about it, that’s malicious and well beyond reckless to say things like that.”
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