Ex-Mattis aide sues Pentagon claiming they are delaying his memoir

Ex-Mattis aide sues Pentagon claiming they are delaying his memoir
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A onetime aide to former Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisMattis warns 'ISIS will resurge' without U.S. pressure on Syria Trump's incoherent Syria pullback should surprise no one Five things to know about Trump's decision on Syria, Turkey and the Kurds MORE sued the Pentagon on Thursday, alleging it “obstructed” the publication of his memoir.

Navy veteran Guy Snodgrass, who was communications director for Mattis through August 2018, argued in the lawsuit that the Department of Defense (DoD) has “intentionally withheld” final approval of his manuscript, “Holding the Line: Inside Trump’s Pentagon with Secretary Mattis.”

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The memoir was initially slated to be published Oct. 29 but will need to be delayed due to the length of the review, Snodgrass said in his lawsuit. The lawsuit claims the Pentagon is delaying the memoir to allow Mattis’ own memoir, "Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead," to be published first.

Snodgrass’ lawsuit further alleges the delays occurred “with [Mattis’] acquiescence, if not complicity.”

“The DoD ... has deliberately delayed issuing formal and final approval of Snodgrass’s manuscript as a retaliatory and punishing tactic, particularly with the consent and apparent approval of former SecDef Mattis. Indeed, numerous sources from within DoD have stated that final approval was intentionally withheld in order to allow SecDef Mattis’s book to be published first,” the lawsuit states.

“These tactics have succeeded and it has been reported that SecDef Mattis’s book hypocritically contains his recollection of private and official conversations with the political and military leadership of the United States, to include the President, ostensibly in violation of the very loyalty and trust he sought to impose upon Snodgrass,” it adds.

The lawsuit claims that the delays are not only a violation of Snodgrass’ First Amendment rights but that “[e]very delay of publication causes financial harm to Snodgrass.”

The Hill has reached out to the Defense Department for comment.