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O’Brien says National Security Council officials did not leak Bolton transcript

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White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said on Sunday that a transcript of a forthcoming memoir by his predecessor, John Bolton, 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 Trump tied Ukrainian aid to investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden. The claims corroborate allegations made by Democrats in impeachment charges against Trump. 

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. 

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