John Bolton compared the White House book review process to “censorship” during a public speaking engagement at Duke University on Monday night.
Bolton was discussing his new book about his time as President Trump’s national security adviser when he claimed only a small section addressed the sensitive matter of Ukraine.
“For all the focus on Ukraine and impeachment trial: to me there are portions of the manuscript that deal with Ukraine — I view that as the sprinkles on an ice cream sundae, in terms of the book,” Bolton said about the tome, according to a transcript from CNN.
“This is an effort to write history. I did the best I can … We’ll see what happens with the censorship.”
Democrats had been hoping that Bolton would testify in the Senate impeachment trial, but a measure to call witnesses was voted down.
“I hope my book is not suppressed,” Bolton added.
Among the leaked details from Bolton’s book, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” was an allegation that Trump held up nearly $400 million in military assistance to Ukraine.
Trump has denied Bolton’s claims.
Bolton’s upcoming book was submitted to the National Security Council’s records management division on Dec. 30 for a standard review for classified information.
In a letter to the National Security Council, Bolton’s lawyer, Charles Cooper asked the White House to expedite the review process due to the “highly time-sensitive” publishing schedule.
The White House has said Bolton’s book contains classified information that rises to top-secret level.
The book, which is scheduled to be released March 17, is still under review.
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