“I haven’t read the book, but from the excerpts I’ve published, John Bolton is spreading various lies, half-rotating half-truths and completely false,” Pompeo said in a statement. “It’s sad and dangerous that John Bolton’s final public role is that of a traitor who hurt America by violating his sacred trust with its people.”
“To our friends around the world: you know that President Trump’s America is a force for good in the world,” he said.
Bolton describes a meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un in which the North Korean leader accused the troubled relations between his country and the United States of the actions of previous administrations. Stressing the meetings that Trump had held, Kim told the President that they could break the mistrust and work quickly for a nuclear deal.
After Trump told Kim he would ask the Senate to ratify any agreement with North Korea, Bolton wrote that Pompeo had given him a notebook. The message read, “It’s so full of shit.”
“I agree,” Bolton wrote, noting that Kim had not promised any further nuclear tests.
“I have no pressure on Pompeo. No, I have a very good relationship with Pompeo,” he said, adding later that “Pompeo and Bolton had a terrible relationship.”
In a court hearing Wednesday night, the Justice Department asked DC District Court Judge Roy Lambert to make an emergency decision to stop the book’s circulation, arguing that it may contain catastrophic details of national security.
“To be clear: the defendant’s handwriting still contains classified information,” Justice Department lawyers wrote on Wednesday. “This means that it contains cases of information that, if disclosed, could reasonably be expected to cause serious damage, or extremely serious damage, to the national security of the United States.”
Bolton’s lawyer said he had carefully reviewed the administration’s book review process, taken care to avoid disclosing classified details, and was told the process was complete.
CNN’s Katelyn Polantz contributed to this report.