Justice US opens criminal investigation into book Bolton

The US Department of Justice has opened a criminal investigation into whether President Trumps former national security adviser, John Bolton, revealed secret information when he published a book about his time in the White House this summer.

The New York Times reported that federal prosecutors sent subpoenas to Boltons publisher Simon & Schuster on Monday. The book The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir gives a shocking account of Boltons seventeen months at Trump.

A spokeswoman from the Ministry of Justice refused to comment, just like the publisher of the book.

The summons asked for all communication with Bolton, the newspaper reported, citing anonymous sources. The newspaper also said that Bolton himself had not received a writ of summons.

The Trump government had previously tried, by means of a court order, to prevent publication of the book, which is very critical of Trump.

The Justice Department had argued that the book contained secret information that could jeopardise national security.