Justice Department charges alleged Iranian operative in plot to assassinate Bolton

The Justice Department on Wednesday announced charges against an alleged Iranian operative accused of plotting to kill former Trump administration national security adviser John Bolton.

Shahram Poursafi, also known as Mehdi Rezayi, allegedly conspired between October of 2021 and April of this year to kill Bolton according to a criminal complaint released by the Department of Justice. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was also targeted by the Iranians, a person close to Pompeo confirmed to POLITICO.

“I wish to thank the Justice Dept for initiating the criminal proceeding unsealed today; the FBI for its diligence in discovering and tracking the Iranian regime’s criminal threat to American citizens; and the Secret Service for providing protection against Tehran’s efforts,” Bolton said in a statement.

National security adviser John Bolton attends a meeting with President Donald Trump at the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, in 2019. | Andrew Harnik, File

Poursafi, a member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC),

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