White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien said on Sunday that a transcript of a forthcoming memoir by his predecessor, John BoltonJohn BoltonOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right Ex-Trump adviser Bolton defends Milley: 'His patriotism is unquestioned' MORE, was not leaked by National Security Council (NSC) officials.
O'Brien said on CBS's "Face the Nation" that he's talked to members of the NSC and they did not leak the transcript, which was first reported last week by The New York Times.
"I'm very confident that that the leaks of that book did not come from the NSC," O'Brien said.
According to the reported transcript, Bolton claims President TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE tied Ukrainian aid to investigations into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race On The Money: Democrats get to the hard part Health Care — GOP attorneys general warn of legal battle over Biden's vaccine mandate MORE. The claims corroborate allegations made by Democrats in impeachment charges against Trump.
Did recently leaked excerpts from John Bolton’s yet-to-be-published memoir come from the NSC? “I’m very confident that the leaks of that book did not come from the NSC,” National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien tells @margbrennan pic.twitter.com/aBGElmwMNT— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) February 2, 2020
The NSC said a review of Bolton's manuscript determined it contained classified information.
Bolton's lawyer, however, said that he and the former White House official disagree, pushing back on the White House's attempt to block the book from being published.
O'Brien said on Sunday that the NSC will "continue to be in touch" with Bolton.
"They'll continue to be in touch with Ambassador Bolton's lawyer, because what we need to do as the National Security Council is to make sure that state secrets and important classified information that could jeopardize American lives are not released," he added.