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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

During Briefing, State Department Avoids Question About Bolton's New Book

During a recent interview, a State Department employee cut off a Reuters reporter's question about John Bolton's new book in order to allow Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to move on to other questions. More here from USA Today. 

In this discussion of the incident, Politico notes that Bloomberg reporter Nicholas Wadhams asked what avoiding that question actually tells reporters about the First Amendment.  The State Department employee who handled the telephone briefing, Morgan Ortagus, responded that the briefing wasn't about Bolton's book.

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