The secretary of defense in Donald Trump’s administration has sued the Pentagon over a ban on the publication of his memoir.
According to the Hill website, Mark Esper, who was the 27th Secretary of Defense in U.S. history from July 24, 2019 to November 9, 2020, sued the U.S. Department of Defense.
Esper is trying to get his memoir published and accused the Pentagon of banning him from publishing the book.
The former defense secretary said in the text of his complaint that the agency is illegally preventing parts of his book from being published, claiming that the parts contain sensitive information.
Esper, who was fired by Trump on Nov. 9, 2020, sued the Pentagon on Sunday.
The former secretary’s complaint states, “The seized text is necessary to set forth the important stories touched on in the manuscript.”
Mark Esper’s book, The Sacred Oath, is due for publication in May 2022. This book is about his memoirs as Secretary of Defense in the Trump administration.
The former Pentagon chief accused the Pentagon of illegally imposing restrictions by “delaying, blocking, and violating his legal right to publish” the book.