FILE - In this July 31, 2019 file photo, National security adviser John Bolton speaks to media at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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John Bolton has a book deal, publishing officials tell AP

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By HILLEL ITALIE

Former national security adviser John Bolton has a book deal, The Associated Press has learned.

The hawkish Bolton departed in September because of numerous foreign policy disagreements with President Donald Trump. He reached a deal over the past few weeks with Simon & Schuster, according to three publishing officials with knowledge of negotiations. The officials were not authorized to discuss the deal publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Two of the officials said the deal was worth about $2 million. Bolton was represented by the Javelin literary agency, whose clients include former FBI Director James Comey and the anonymous Trump administration official whose book, "A Warning," comes out Nov 19.

The publishing officials did not know the title or release date. Simon & Schuster declined comment Saturday and Javelin did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Bolton's 2007 book, "Surrender is Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations and Abroad," was published by the conservative Simon & Schuster imprint Threshold Editions.

Bolton's name has come up often recently during the House impeachment inquiry , which has focused on Trump's pressure on Ukraine to investigate potential 2020 election rival Joe Biden, the former vice president.

In a transcript of a closed-door interview released Friday, a former national security official described how Bolton had "immediately stiffened" as Ambassador Gordon Sondland "blurted out" that he had worked out a trade — Ukrainians' probe for an Oval Office welcome for Ukraine's new president — with Trump's acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney.

Fiona Hill said Bolton later told her that "I am not part of whatever drug deal Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up" and asked her to relay that message to a White House lawyer.

Meanwhile, a letter from Bolton's attorney to the top lawyer for the House alleges that Bolton was "part of many relevant meetings and conversations" pertaining to the House impeachment inquiry of Trump that are not yet public.

The attorney, Charles Cooper, suggests Bolton will appear before Congress only if a judge orders him to do so.

Appointed in April 2018, Bolton was Trump's third national security adviser and is known for advocating military action abroad, a viewpoint Trump has resisted. In a speech in late September to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, given after he left the administration, Bolton offered a far more aggressive approach to North Korea's nuclear program than the one advocated by Trump, who has spoken warmly about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"Every day that goes by makes North Korea a more dangerous country," Bolton said. "You don't like their behavior today, what do you think it will be when they have nuclear weapons that can be delivered to American cities?"

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This is going to be fun.

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Good. He'll need the royalties to pay his lawyers for the time they spend working on defending him from defying a constitutionally valid subpoena.

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I can see the book reviews now: "War Hawk John Bolton Drops Bomb Directly on White House"...

There's quite a bit of sweet justice in this - Giuliani and Bolton - two true red Repubs, will be the downfall of Trump...

It will make all the Trumper howls of Hillary, Obama, Nancy, Schiff, etc., look as empty as Donnie's head...

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Good for Bolton, don’t expect any major bombshells. One thing that I have always loved about Bolton for years and years is his disdain for liberals and Democrats, as a calculating and methodical hawkish conservative and as former WH spokesman Airi Fleischer said, Bolton would be the Democrats worse witness and would never go around stabbing any conservative in the back including the President. This is why the Democrats won’t get him to testify in this impeachment hoax.

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That was fast.

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Good for Bolton, don’t expect any major bombshells. One thing that I have always loved about Bolton for years and years is his disdain for liberals and Democrats, as a calculating and methodical hawkish conservative and as former WH spokesman Airi Fleischer said, Bolton would be the Democrats worse witness and would never go around stabbing any conservative in the back including the President. This is why the Democrats won’t get him to testify in this impeachment hoax.

Woah, that's more spin than a Maytag...

Dems have called him a warmonger and a NEOCON - but nothing like this;

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that John Bolton, dismissed a day earlier as national security adviser, had been a “disaster” on North Korea policy, “out of line” on Venezuela, and did not get along with important administration officials.

Payback time Donnie - The Walrus is coming after you...

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Bolton would be the Democrats worse witness and would never go around stabbing any conservative in the back including the President. This is why the Democrats won’t get him to testify in this impeachment hoax.

Testifying truthfully doesn't have to include stabbing anyone in the back. In fact, the only way to stab someone in the back testifying is be knowing the dirt of the person you're testifying against. What you've done here is implied that Bolton knows about Donny's illegal activity.

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Could be an interesting read, and an insight into what makes right-wing warriors tick. If he's honest.

That's a big 'if'.

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Two of the officials said the deal was worth about $2 million.

Scratch a neo-con, chickenhawk, and many other self-proclaimed patriots, especially those in Trump's administration and you'll find they have zero allegiance to nation or the principles it was built on, really any principles other than how to fatten their own bank accounts.

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Let's see, Trump, as mentioned above, has called Bolton a "disaster", "out of line", and someone who "can't get along"....

Bolton was one of the architects of the 2003 Iraq War, which Donnie has said "was the worst foreign policy decision in or country's history"...

And the Trumpers here are spinning faster than an F5 tornado trying to convince themselves that Bolton will forget all this and play nice with Donnie.

One question Trumpers - would Donnie play nice if Bolton had said all these things about him?

We'll be waiting for your answer...

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Except Schiff never bothered to subpoena him.

defending him from defying a constitutionally valid subpoena.

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You ruin your whole argument. So anything Bolton says is based on his “anger” at being called names and is his way to get revenge.

that kind of calls into question the truth of anything he says.

One question Trumpers - would Donnie play nice if Bolton had said all these things about him?

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the House impeachment inquiry

Will become the latest failure to take down the president. I bet they drag out another Stormy.

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Except Schiff never bothered to subpoena him.

Great. It must mean his testimony is redundant after so many of Donny's other people have testified that Donny was seeking campaign assistance from Ukraine.

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You ruin your whole argument. So anything Bolton says is based on his “anger” at being called names and is his way to get revenge. 

that kind of calls into question the truth of anything he says.

Just like Leningrad Lindsey and Moscow Mitch already admitting they won't bother to examine the evidence against Donny?

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