Secretary of state Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard Pompeo The State Department silences the journalist in an information call to inquire about Bolton’s book. Democrats in the House of Representatives request testimony from senior state officials about the firing of surveillance Night Defense: Highlights of sections of the Defense Bill of the House Armed Services subcommittees | Bill would ask troops if they have faced “racist, anti-Semitic or supremacist” activities | Pompeo’s aide to testify next week on expulsion of watchdog MORE rejected the claims on the former national security adviser John BoltonJohn Bolton South Korea criticizes Bolton’s book as “distorting reality” of nuclear talks Democrats face tough questions with Bolton Nadler to quote AG Barr over Berman’s firing MOREMemories of Monday night, telling Fox News Sean HannitySean Patrick Hannity Nightly Healthcare: Trump Refuses to Say If He Slowed Coronavirus Testing | COVID-19 cases in the United States are increasing, marking an ugly contrast with Europe | Trump health officials will testify to the continuing dangers of the coronavirus pandemic. Cases of US COVID-19. USA They increase, marking an ugly contrast with Europe Trump, the Republican Party is strongly committed to the economy by 2020 MORE Bolton was frozen from the meetings on suspicion that he might leak or lie about the issues discussed.
“I have not read the book in its entirety, but the excerpts that I have seen, there are many falsehoods, there are many lies contained therein,” Pompeo told Hannity, saying he disagreed even with the title, “The Room Where It Happened.”
“The president and others, including myself, had to suspend him from meetings because he was leaking or twisting things or lying,” said Pompeo. “It was a really difficult situation where John Bolton thought he was more important than the President of the United States and the American people.”
Pompeo also rejected Bolton’s general criticism of President TrumpDonald John Trump South Korea criticizes Bolton’s book as ‘distorting reality’ of nuclear talks Democrats face tough questions with Bolton protesters trying to tear down Andrew Jackson statue near White House MOREThis country’s foreign policy says, “This president’s foreign policy is something that John Bolton should have been proud of and instead walked away in a way that fundamentally misrepresents what we have done.” Pompeo compared Bolton to Edward Snowden, the former CIA contractor-turned-whistleblower who leaked classified information about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.
“The information you have disclosed imposes direct criminal liability on you. We all saw what happened when people leaked information classified as Edward Snowden. What John Bolton did here is no different than that, ”said Pompeo. “And while we will leave the Department of Justice open to take action, this type of information is disclosed, presents real risk and real harm to the United States of America.”
The White House has claimed that Bolton’s memoirs contain classified information and the Justice Department has sued to block his release, scheduled for Tuesday. A federal judge ruled last week that the publication could continue.