Former national security adviser John Bolton on Monday hinted at further revelations in his upcoming book, reports The New York Times.
According to the New York Post, the book is under review by the federal government — a process he likened to “censorship.”
olton was discussing his book during a foreign policy discussion at Duke University on Monday. He said only a small part of the volume — the “sprinkles” on the sundae — pertained to President Trump’s interactions with Ukraine, which spurred the recently concluded impeachment proceedings against him.
“For all the focus on Ukraine and the impeachment trial and all that, to me, there are portions of the manuscript that deal with Ukraine, I view that like the sprinkles on the ice cream sundae in terms of what’s in the book,” Bolton told his audience at the Duke forum.
“This is an effort to write history and I did it the best I can. We’ll have to see what comes out of the censorship.”
Bolton has been caught in a battle with the White House over “significant amounts of classified information” in his manuscript, per the White House’s National Security Council.
His comments Monday were his first public remarks since Trump’s impeachment trial. Democrats had been hoping that Bolton would testify in the Senate impeachment trial, but a measure to call witnesses was voted down and the president was acquitted of two articles of impeachment — abusing the power of his office and obstructing Congress in its investigation.
“I’m hoping ultimately I can get the book published,” Bolton said. “I hope it’s not suppressed.”
Bolton also said he hoped his conversations with Trump could be “public someday.”
As the Post reported, the leaked details from Bolton’s book, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” included an allegation that Trump told Bolton in an August 2019 meeting that the withholding of millions in military aid was tied to investigations into prominent Democrats including Vice President Joe Biden. Biden has long been viewed as a major 2020 rival to Trump.
For his part, the president has emphatically denied the allegations.
“He tweets, but I can’t talk about it. How fair is that?” he said during a discussion with Peter Feaver, a political science and public policy professor at Duke.
Asked if he agreed with Trump’s assertion that the July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr was “perfect,” Bolton responded, “You’ll love Chapter 14.”