US DOJ indicts Iranian man for attempted assassination of John Bolton

The alleged conspiracy was “likely in retaliation” for US airstrikes in January 2020. Qassem Soleimanicommander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the Justice Department said.
Post-strike leaders terrorist organization He vowed “revenge against the American people” for Soleimani’s death and publicly denounced then-President Donald Trump and other officials in his administration.

Prosecutors say Shahram Poursafi, a 45-year-old Iranian citizen and IRGC member, tried to pay US individuals $300,000 to kill Bolton.

He has not been arrested and is still on the run.

Poursafi initially contacted a US-based individual who was secretly working as an informant for the FBI, also known as the “Confidential Human Source” or CHS. ‘, the court documents said.

He later asked if the informant could hire a person to “eliminate someone”, later revealed to be Bolton, and promised CHS and the assassin’s protection. , gave the CHS the address of Bolton’s office, suggested that the murder should have taken place “by car”, and noted that Bolton had a habit of taking walks alone.

In November 2021, an informant traveled to Washington, D.C. and sent Poursafi a photo of the Bolton office and a description of the building. Poursafi was quoted as stating that the murder should take place in the building’s garage, as it is a “high traffic” area.

Poursafi has been charged with using an interstate trading facility before a murder commission, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, and for attempting to provide material support for an international murder program, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years. indicted. prison.

In a statement, Bolton thanked the Department of Justice, the FBI, and the Secret Service for their efforts.

“I can’t say much at this point, but it is indisputable that Iran’s rulers are liars, terrorists and enemies of the United States,” Bolton said. ‘s radical and anti-American objectives remain unchanged, their commitments are worthless, and their global threat is growing.”

Bolton served as Trump’s fourth national security adviser for just over a year, starting in April 2018. September 2019 via Twitter For “strongly” opposing “many” of Bolton’s proposals.

The hawkish neoconservative Bolton has previously advocated regime change in Iran and supported Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Iranian multilateral nuclear deal.

This story has been updated with additional details.

CNN’s Veronica Stracqualursi contributed to this report.


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