Chuck Cooper, lawyer for former National Security Adviser John Bolton has issued a statement on Bolton’s manuscript being leaked to the NY Times.
Cooper claims he submitted the book to the National Security Council’s records management division for a security review and it was “regrettably” then leaked to the NY Times.
Many Republicans believe due to the near perfect timing to help Democrats in their impeachment case, the leak was likely coordinated.
Chuck Cooper Statement:
On December 30, 2019, I submitted, on behalf of Ambassador Bolton, a book manuscript to the National Security Council’s Records Management Division for standard prepublication security review for classified information.
As explained in my cover letter to Ellen J. Knight, Senior Director of the Records Management Division, we submitted the manuscript notwithstanding our firm belief that the manuscript contained no information that could reasonably be considered classified and on the assurance that the ‘process of reviewing submitted materials is restricted to those career government officials and employees regularly charged with responsibility for such reviews’ and the ‘contents of Ambassador Bolton’s manuscript will not be reviewed or otherwise disclosed to any personals not regularly involved in that process.
A copy of my December 30 letter is attached. It is clear, regrettably, from The New York Times article published today that the prepublication review process has been corrupted and that information has been disclosed by persons other than those properly involved in reviewing the manuscript.
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