The Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation surrounding the publication of former National Security Adviser John R. Bolton’s book, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday.
A federal grand jury has issued subpoenas as part of a probe into whether the former top Trump administration official mishandled classified documents, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal reported.
Mr. Bolton’s publisher Simon & Shuster and Javelin, his literary agency, have been subpoenaed for documents, the outlets said. The subpoenas reportedly seek all communications between Mr. Bolton and the two companies.
Mr. Bolton has not been subpoenaed, the Journal reported.
A Justice Department spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment. A Simon & Schuster spokesperson also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The book, “The Room Where it Happened,” was released in June after a federal judge denied the Justice Department’s request to block its publication.
But in his 10-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth