Prosecutors said that Shahram Poursafi, 45-year-old Iranian national and an IRGC member tried to pay $300,000 to an individual in United States in kill Bolton and said he has “second Work” for 1 million dollars.
former secretary of Mike Pompeo’s fortune was also goal of about an Iranian assassination plot, according to a federal law enforcement source familiar with with investigation and a source close to Pompeo. “second work” was a reference to Pompeo, a source close to Pompeo said.
Famous Iran policy hawk, Pompeo served Trump secretary of state at that time of airstrike that killed Soleimani. He was informed directly Ministry of Justice last Wednesday that he was second goal of conspiracy to assassinate the IRGC, a source close to Pompeo told CNN.
Pursafi, who not arrested and remains at large initially contacted a person from the US — who secretly worked as an informant for the FBI, also known as “confidential human source” or CHS and asked them to take photos of Bolton”for the book that was Poursafi writing,” the court documents say.
He later asked if the informant could hire a person to “eliminate someone”. who later it turned out that it was Bolton, and promised protection for CHS and the killer prosecutors said. Pursafi also allegedly suggested murder should be done” by car”, provided that CHS with address for Bolton office and noted that Bolton had a habit of walks alone.
In November 2021, the whistleblower traveled to Washington, D.C. and sent Poursafi photos of Bolton office and descriptions of in building. Poursafi allegedly said that killing should happen in in the buildinggarage as it was “high traffic” area.
Poursafi charged with in use of objects of interstate trade in commission of murder-for-a rental that carries 10-year maximum prison judgment and attempt to grant material support into a transnational murder story that carries up up to 15 years in prison.
Although much cannot be said publicly now, one point of view is indisputable: the rulers of Iran are liars, terrorists and enemies of United States, he said. “Their radical anti-American goals are unchanged; their obligations are worthless; and them global the threat is growing.”
A hawkish neocon, Bolton had previously campaigned for for regime change in Iran and supported Trump decision pull usa out of multinational nuclear deal with Iran.
pompeo, who also served in the CIA director under Trump, received constant protection from the end of the Trump administration because of threats from Iran, a source close to him said.
Former Ambassador Jim Jeffrey, who served special representative for Syria and special an envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS under Pompeo said “Pompeo has played a central role in the Trump administration.” strategy and performance of Iran policy like “CIA director as well as secretary of state.
Geoffrey said that “considering () record of Iranian killings in Europe and aborted here and there”, including failed plot against in former Saudi foreign minister in DC restaurant in 2011, Threats should be taken seriously.”
Several current as well as former According to the source, US officials continue to receive significant personal protection due to threats from the Iranian IRGC. directly habitual with all of those who are protected. USA provides security governmentthis source said.
Investigations into several IRGC plots are ongoing, including threats against senior military leaders who can be considered equivalents of Soleimani.
IRGC set in goal of murder, but inside there are rival factions. organization trying to bear out various plots. The plot involving Bolton is just one element, the source noted.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said on Wednesday that “the Islamic Republic of of Iran strongly warns against any action against Iranian citizens under pretense of these ridiculous accusations and emphasizes that he reserves the right to take any action within framework of international law for the protection of rights” of in government and citizens, according to state. news IRNA.
This story was updated with additional events Wednesday.
CNN’s Barbara Starr, Hamdi Alkhshali, Josh Campbell and Veronica Straqualursi contributed to this report.