U.S. Charges Iran Guards Member With Plot to Murder Trump Aide Bolton in Retaliation for Soleimani Assassination

Court documents reveal an FBI agent testifying that the agency believes the transnational murder plot was arranged in retaliation for the U.S. assassination of Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani in 2020

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A member of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards force has been charged in absentia for an attempted plot to murder John Bolton, who was a national security adviser to former President Donald Trump until 2019, the U.S. Justice Department announced on Wednesday.

Iranian national Shahram Poursafi, also known as Mehdi Rezayi and believed to be living in Tehran, "attempted to pay individuals in the United States $300,000 to carry out the murder in Washington, D.C., or Maryland," the Justice Department said.

Court documents reveal an FBI agent testifying that the agency believes the transnational murder plot was arranged in retaliation for the U.S. assassination of Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani in 2020.

In October, Poursafi asked "Individual A", a U.S. resident whom Poursafi previously met online, to take photographs of Bolton, claiming the photographs were for a book he was writing. Individual A told Poursafi that they could introduce Poursafi to another person who would take the pictures for as much as $10,000.

By November, Poursafi had offered this person $300,000 to "eliminate" Bolton, providing them with Bolton's work address in Washington D.C. The two stayed in contact until April, during which Poursafi also offered the contact a second job.

“Iran has a history of plotting to assassinate individuals in the U.S. it deems a threat, but the U.S. Government has a longer history of holding accountable those who threaten the safety of our citizens,” said Executive Assistant Director Larissa L. Knapp of the FBI’s National Security Branch. “Let there be no doubt: The FBI, the U.S. government, and our partners remain vigilant in the fight against such threats here in the U.S. and overseas.”

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