Subpoena for Bolton’s Unpublished Book Would Likely Face Fierce Resistance
In an article from Roll Call, Partner and former Chief Oversight Counsel for the Senate Finance Committee Chris Armstrong comments on the potential Congressional subpoena that would call for former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s unpublished insider tell-all manuscript to be released prior to its March 17 publication date. This has caused concern about intellectual property rights, especially since the book would enter the open-to-the-public, free of charge Congressional Record after being subpoenaed.
"Congressional subpoenas are issued within a political environment and often meet stiff resistance — especially when the release of the requested information affects subjects’ bottom line," said Mr. Armstrong. "Members are aware of the inherent unfairness of taking this book and obliterating its fair market value."
"I’d expect both Ambassador Bolton and the publisher would use every tool available to resist it."