A federal judge denied efforts by President Donald Trump’s administration to block the release of former national security adviser John Bolton’s memoir. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth made it clear in his Saturday morning ruling that while the White House may have a point that the book could reveal classified information that could harm the country, it was simply too late to do anything about it. “With hundreds of thousands of copies around the globe—many in newsrooms — the damage is done. There is no restoring the status quo,” wrote Lamberth of the Federal District Court of the District of Columbia.
Even though the ruling marked a victory for Bolton, who will now be able to continue with the scheduled release of his memoir on Tuesday, Lamberth repeatedly criticized the former national security adviser in his 10-page ruling. The judge said that “Bolton’s unilateral conduct raises grave national security concerns” as he suggested Bolton could have to give up his $2 million advance and he could face prosecution for going ahead with publication before receiving the final notice from the White House that a prepublication review to detect classified information had been finished.