Simon & Schuster UK will publish former national security adviser John Bolton’s memoir about his time working with Donald Trump, as the controversy over the manuscript rages on, with the US President calling for the book's publication to be blocked.
S&S UK has confirmed to The Bookseller it will publish the The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir simultaneously with S&S US on 17th March. More details about the title are to be released soon.
The book is reportedly being contested by the National Security Council in the US, which said the book contains "significant amounts" of classified information and cannot be published in its current form, according to a letter the council sent to Bolton’s lawyer, the Wall Street Journal has reported.
"Under federal law and the nondisclosure agreements your client signed as a condition for gaining access to classified information, the manuscript may not be published or otherwise disclosed without the deletion of this classified information," said the letter from the council, apparently seen by the WSJ. On Sunday, the New York Times published details of the manuscript. In the report, Bolton alleges Trump said in August he wanted to keep $391m aid to Ukraine frozen until the country aided investigations into Democrats, including former vice-president Joe Biden, one of Trump’s top 2020 presidential campaign rivals, and Biden’s son. Trump has denied the allegation.
An S&S US spokesman told the New York Post that there is "no change" to the publication date for the book. Bolton's lawyer Charles Cooper said he does not believe the book contains classified material, but is pushing for an expeditious decision from the National Security Council on its content, while Bolton could still be called to testify in the Senate impeachment trial.
The synopsis for the 528-page book reads: "John Bolton served as National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump for 519 days. A seasoned public servant who had previously worked for Presidents Reagan, Bush #41 and Bush #43, Bolton brought to the administration 30 years of experience in international issues and a reputation for tough, blunt talk. In his memoir, he offers a substantive and factual account of his time in the room where it happened."