Bill Barr and The Department of Justice just made their move to block a prolific Trump leaker. In very suspicious timing, the new book full of an anti-Trump leaker’s account of the White House will come out right in the middle of Pelosi’s impeachment.
Imagine that…as the impeachment is gearing up in the House and right around the time the official vote will be held, the mother of all leaks will be dumped on an unsuspecting public.
Steve Bannon for one has been calling this genius political maneuvering by Pelosi and it sure looks like a well-orchestrated smear job.
Enter Bill Barr who is trying to stop the publication by reminding the publishers that they may be violating “one or more nondisclosure agreements” by writing the anti-Trump book.
“Our author knows that the President is determined to unmask whistleblowers who may be in his midst. That’s one of the reasons A WARNING was written,” the literacy agency Javelin said in a statement. “But we support the publisher in its resolve that the administration’s effort to intimidate and expose the senior official who has seen misconduct at the highest levels will not prevent this book from moving forward.”
“A Warning” is set to come out on November 19, though it is likely to leak sooner. It is written by the same senior Trump administration official who was behind a 2018 New York Times op-ed expressing profound concern about the president’s competence. Top editors at The Times said they knew the identity of the author, but granted the person anonymity to protect them from retaliation.
The person intends to remain anonymous, but knows that his or her identity may be unmasked during the book rollout.
“Elaborate precautions have been taken to protect the author’s identity,” a source told CNN’s Jake Tapper when the book was announced last month.
But the president sought to expose the author of the op-ed last year. Trump accused the person of treason and the White House engaged in a furious hunt for the leaker.
Monday’s letter from the Justice Department takes a different approach. It was delivered to Carol Ross, the top lawyer for Hachette Book Group, as well as Javelin agents Matt Latimer and Keith Urbahn.
“If the author is, in fact, a current or former ‘senior official’ in the Trump Administration, publication of the book may violate that official’s legal obligations under one or more nondisclosure agreements, including nondisclosure agreements that are routinely required with respect to information obtained in the course of one’s official responsibilities or as a condition for access to classified information,” assistant attorney general Joseph H. Hunt wrote in the letter.
“Such agreements typically require that any written work potentially containing protected information be submitted for pre-publication review,” Hunt added.