Bolton's former chief of staff urges him to withdraw Trump book

by Jordyn Pair · Jan 28th, 2020 8:54 am

Last Updated Jan 28th, 2020 at 9:40 am

The previous chief of staff for John Bolton criticized the former national security adviser for writing a "tell-all" book in an editorial published in Fox News on Monday.

"Given the importance of protecting a president's confidential discussions with his senior advisers, I strongly disagree with Bolton's decision to release the book before the November presidential election and call on him to withdraw it from the publisher immediately," said Fred Fleitz, the former NSA chief of staff.

Bolton's book, "The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir," is slated for release on March 17. It reportedly includes claims that Trump tied aid to Ukraine to an investigation into the Biden family. Fleitz said writing the book could set a "dangerous precedent."

"Presidents must be able to candidly consult with their advisers without worrying they will leak these discussions to the press or obtain high-dollar book contracts to publish them," Fleitz wrote. "A book by a former national security adviser ahead of a president's reelection bid may set a dangerous precedent since it could discourage future presidents from seeking advice from expert advisers on sensitive national security matters."

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