A federal grand jury has issued criminal subpoenas to a publishing company and a literary agency in connection with a book by former Trump national security adviser John Bolton, NPR has confirmed.
The move signals the Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation surrounding the publication of Bolton’s book The Room Where It Happened after an unsuccessful effort to block from being published in June.
Hundreds of thousands of copies of the book had already been distributed, and Judge Royce Lamberth concluded at the time that the emergency request from the Trump administration had come too late.
But in his 10-page ruling, Lamberth issued a warning to Bolton, writing that he “has gambled with the national security of the United States. He has exposed his country to harm and himself to civil (and potentially criminal) liability” for possibly disclosing national security secrets.
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