A copy of “The Room Where It Happened,” by former national security adviser John Bolton is staged by a television crew at the White House on Thursday, June 18, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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The Department of Justice has opened a criminal inquiry related to the publication of former national security advisor John Bolton’s highly critical tell-all book about his time working for President Donald Trump, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.
The Justice Department convened a grand jury and has subpoenaed for documents from publisher Simon & Schuster as it investigates whether Bolton, author of “The Room Where it Happened,” mishandled classified information, according to reports from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
The DOJ has also reportedly subpoenaed Javelin, Bolton’s literary agency, for documents.
The subpoenas seek all communications between Bolton and the two companies, the Journal reported. Bolton has not been hit with a subpoena, according to the outlet. An attorney for Bolton did not immediately return request for comment.
The book was released in June, after a federal judged denied the DOJ’s request to block its publication.
The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the reports. Simon & Schuster declined to comment.
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