The Room Where It Happened

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The Room Where It Happened:
A White House Memoir
The Room Where It Happened - cover.jpg
AuthorJohn Bolton
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Publication date
March 17, 2020

The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir is an upcoming memoir by John Bolton, who served as national security adviser for U.S. President Donald Trump.[1][2]

In late December 2019, one copy of the manuscript was provided to the White House for standard pre-publication review. In late January 2020, during the Senate impeachment trial, news of the book broke. Bolton's team was surprised that multiple copies of the manuscript had apparently been made and circulated.[3][4] Leaked information about the book's contents increased the pressure for having Bolton testify in the Senate trial of Trump.[5]

Per Bolton's as yet unpublished draft manuscript, William Barr and Bolton had a conversation about concerns Trump had appeared to have undue influence over two Justice Department investigations of companies in China and Turkey; specifically regarding China’s paramount leader Xi Jinping with regards to ZTE and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with regards to Halkbank.[6][7]

Publication and release[edit]

The White House on January 23 issued a formal threat to stop Bolton from publishing his book, citing national security concerns, according to CNN. Neither Bolton nor publisher Simon & Schuster responded to a request for comment.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Reid, Paula; Becket, Stefan (January 27, 2020). "Report: Bolton book says Trump tied Ukraine military aid to Biden probe". CBS News. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  2. ^ Weiland, Noah (January 26, 2020). "5 Takeaways on Trump and Ukraine From John Bolton's Book". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  3. ^ Brigham, Bob (January 27, 2020). "Bolton book leaked after the White House made copies of the single manuscript they were given: report". The Raw Story. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  4. ^ Jacobs, Emily (January 27, 2020). "Bolton lawyer implies that White House leaked book manuscript". New York Post. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  5. ^ Ballhaus, Rebecca; Hughes, Siobhan (January 27, 2020). "Pressure Grows for Bolton to Testify at Impeachment Trial". Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  6. ^ Lipton, Eric; Rappeport, Alan (January 28, 2020). "Bolton Book Puts New Focus on Trump's Actions in Turkey and China Cases". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  7. ^ LeBlanc, Paul. "New York Times: Bolton wrote he was concerned Trump was granting favors to autocratic leaders". CNN. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  8. ^ Tapper, Jake. "White House has issued formal threat to Bolton to keep him from publishing book". CNN. Retrieved January 30, 2020.