Pompeo: Bolton left out of meetings 'because he was leaking or he would twist things or he'd lie'

Pompeo: Bolton left out of meetings 'because he was leaking or he would twist things or he'd lie'

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHillicon Valley: FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden | Treasury Dept. sanctions Iranian government-backed hackers Treasury Dept. sanctions Iranian government-backed hackers The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Pence lauds Harris as 'experienced debater'; Trump, Biden diverge over debate prep MORE pushed back on claims in former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonDiplomacy with China is good for America The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Pence lauds Harris as 'experienced debater'; Trump, Biden diverge over debate prep DOJ launches probe into Bolton book for possible classified information disclosures MORE’s memoir late Monday, telling Fox News’s Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityTrump ABC town hall pulls in fewer viewers than 'America's Got Talent,' NBA, Fox News Dershowitz suing CNN for 0 million in defamation suit If Trump doesn't know why he should be president again, how can voters? MORE that Bolton was frozen out of meetings over suspicions he would either leak or lie about the topics discussed.

“I haven’t read the book in its entirety, but the excerpts I’ve seen, there’s lots of falsehoods, there’s lot of lies contained there,” Pompeo told Hannity, saying he took issue with even the title, “The Room Where It Happened.”

“The president and others, myself included, had to cut him out of meetings because he was leaking or he would twist things or he'd lie,” Pompeo said. “It was a really difficult situation where John Bolton thought he was more important than the president of the United States and the American people.”

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Pompeo also pushed back on Bolton's general critiques of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE’s foreign policy, saying: “This president’s foreign policy is something that John Bolton should have been proud of, and instead, he stepped away in a way that fundamentally misrepresents what we’ve done.” Pompeo went on to compare Bolton to Edward Snowden, the former CIA contractor turned whistleblower who leaked classified information on the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.

“The information he has released puts criminal liability squarely on him. We all saw what’s happened when people leak classified information like Edward Snowden. What John Bolton did here is not dissimilar from that,” Pompeo said.  “And while we’ll leave open for the Justice Department to take its action, this kind of information getting out, it presents real risk and real harm to the United States of America.”

The White House has claimed Bolton’s memoir contains classified information and the Justice Department has sued to block its release, set for Tuesday. A federal judge ruled last week that the publication could proceed.