According to a new report the U.S. is now accusing Iran of plotting to have John Bolton, President Trump’s former National Security Advisor, assassinated.
As The Wall Street Journal reports:
The U.S. accused an Iranian national of plotting to assassinate former Trump national security adviser John Bolton, an attempt officials said was likely in retaliation for the 2020 killing of a prominent Iranian general.
In a criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday, the Justice Department said Shahram Poursafi, 45 years old, of Tehran, tried to arrange Mr. Bolton’s killing by offering to pay an individual in the U.S. $300,000. Agents affiliated with Mr. Poursafi conducted surveillance on Mr. Bolton.
In court documents, the Justice Department said Mr. Poursafi was working on behalf of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’s Quds Force, an elite unit responsible for its foreign operations, and attempted to pay individuals in the U.S. to carry out the killing in Washington, D.C., or Maryland. Mr. Poursafi, who couldn’t be reached for comment, is at large and outside the U.S., the Justice Department said. If he is in Iran, he is unlikely to be taken into U.S. custody.
According to court documents, Mr. Poursafi asked an unnamed U.S. resident whom he had previously met online to take photos of Mr. Bolton last October and claimed they were for a book he was writing. The U.S. resident introduced Mr. Poursafi to another person who was a confidential informant working for federal authorities, prosecutors said. Over encrypted messaging, Mr. Poursafi offered the individual $250,000 to “eliminate” Mr. Bolton, an amount later negotiated up to $300,000, prosecutors said. Mr. Poursafi also allegedly said he had another “job” that would pay the informant $1 million to carry out.
The Justice Department said it believed the assassination attempt was likely in response to former President Trump’s decision to kill Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander Qassem Soleimani.