October 5, 2022

Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps member charged for attempting to assassinate former Trump NSA advisor John Bolton

Former President Donald Trump made the world a safer place for Americans. Unfortunately, the actions it took to do that have imperiled members of his administration.

An Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps member was charged Wednesday for allegedly attempting to assassinate John Bolton, who served as National Security Advisor under Trump, the Daily Wire reported. The plot was in retaliation for the killing of terrorist leader Qasem Soleimani.

The suspect, Shahram Poursafi, who also goes by Mehdi Rezayi, is a 45-year-old Iranian national. He hatched the murder-for-hire plot against Bolton by offering individuals $300,000 to take out Bolton in Washington, D.C.

“Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, through the Defendant, tried to hatch a brazen plot: assassinate a former U.S. official on U.S. soil in retaliation for U.S. actions,” Mattew Graves, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, said in a statement. “Iran and other hostile governments should understand that the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners will do everything in our power to thwart their violent plots and bring those responsible to justice.”

The plot included an additional $1 million payment to kill a second target after Bolton’s assassination was successfully carried out. That target was already under surveillance from sources on U.S. soil.

The suspect was charged with providing and attempting to provide material support for a transnational murder plot. Poursafi was also charged with using interstate commerce facilities to commit murder-for-hire but remains at large.

Bolton was asked for his thoughts on CNN Wednesday. “Well, I was embarrassed at the low price. I thought it would’ve been higher,” Bolton said.

“But I guess maybe it was the exchange rate problem or something,” he joked. Bolton explained he had “a general understand of what that threat was,” but was not briefed on the details of the plot.

In 2020, Trump ordered Soleimani’s assassination, according to Fox News. The Iranian terrorist head had been behind an earlier attack that killed 608 American troops during the war in Iraq.

The world is better off without the terrorist leader. Trump and his administration were not afraid to do what it took, even if it meant putting their own lives at risk.

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