John Bolton’s book release delayed due to government review

John Bolton, whose role as a potential witness in the Trump impeachment trial ignited a firestorm, is going to have to wait longer before selling his new book.

Bolton became such a culturally known figure that even Brad Pitt mentioned him in his Oscar’s acceptance speech, wryly joking that “I only have 45 seconds. Which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton”

TheHill reports the release date for former national security adviser John Bolton’s memoir about his time in the Trump administration has been delayed due to an ongoing government classification review, the book’s publisher said Tuesday.

A spokesperson for Simon and Schuster said Bolton’s forthcoming book, “The Room Where It Happened,” is now scheduled to be released on May 12. Its original publication date was March 17.

“The new date reflects the fact that the government review of the work is ongoing,” the spokesperson said.

The White House in January sent a letter to Bolton seeking to block publication of certain aspects of his book, saying they contained “significant amounts of classified information.”

It is standard for former government officials to submit their manuscripts to be reviewed for classified information, though critics interpreted the letter as an attempt to prevent Bolton’s book from detailing damaging information about the president.