Iranian operative charged in ‘plot to murder Donald Trump’s former national security advisor’

A man has been identified as the operative who tried to plot the murder of John Bolton, former President Donald Trump’s national security advisor (Picture: Getty Images)

An Iranian operative has been charged in a scheme to murder John Bolton, the national security advisor of former President , the US Justice Department said Wednesday.

The FBI has identified Shahram Poursafi, a member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, as the man wanted on charges related to the murder-for-hire plot.

Poursafi, 45, tried to pay individuals in the US $300,000 to carry out the murder of Bolton in Washington DC on behalf of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the DOJ said in a statement.

The murder-for-hire scheme was likely in retaliation for the January 2020 death of Qasem Soleimani, who was the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, the DOJ said.

Bolton thanked the FBI and Justice Department for their work in developing the case.

‘While much cannot be said publicly right now, one point is indisputable: Iran’s rulers are liars, terrorists, and enemies of the United States,’ Bolton said.

‘Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen, the Justice Department’s top national security official, said ‘not the first time we have uncovered Iranian plots to exact revenge against individuals on US soil and we will work tirelessly to expose and disrupt every one of these efforts.’

Bolton served as Trump’s third national security advisor until the former president fired him in September 2019. He was the main force behind the Trump administration’s ‘maximum pressure’ campaign on Iran and the decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018.

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