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Justice Dept. Ends Criminal Inquiry, Lawsuit on John Bolton?s Book

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A federal judge had given Mr. Cooper approval to begin deposing those officials, but a settlement would end that litigation.A spokeswoman for the Justice Department declined to comment.The legal action against Mr. Bolton began last year after Mr. Trump publicly and privately pressured White House aides and Justice Department officials to use their powers to stop Mr. Bolton from publishing his book about his time working in Mr. Trump’s White House, “The Room Where It Happened.” In June 2020, the Justice Department sued Mr. Bolton seeking to stop the publication of the memoir and to recoup profits he made from it; a judge ruled that the department could continue to seek the profits but could not stop its publication.It was revealed last September that the Justice Department had opened a criminal investigation into whether Mr. Bolton had unlawfully disclosed classified information in the book — an inquiry that started after the Trump administration failed to halt its publication.

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