President Joe Biden’s administration is currently engaged in negotiations to revive, if not even expand, the flawed nuclear deal with Iran that was first reached in 2015 under former President Barack Obama but rightly canceled and withdrawn from a few years later under former President Donald Trump.
Now comes word that those negotiations are moving forward even as Biden’s administration is fully aware that Iran is actively plotting to assassinate a particularly critical former national security official, John Bolton, the Washington Examiner reported. Why would Bolton be targeted for assassination?
That information came from an unnamed Justice Department official who claimed that at least two members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ special Quds Force were known to have been formulating a plot to kill Bolton, the former National Security Adviser to President Trump who is well-known for his exceptionally hawkish outlook toward Iran.
The ostensible reasoning for why Bolton would be a target for assassination is the Iranian belief that Bolton was a driving force behind Trump’s harsh economic sanctions on the Iranian regime as well as to avenge the targeted drone strike that took out top IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani in January 2020.
The source told the Examiner that the DOJ had more than enough evidence to criminally indict the two alleged plotters, but the administration was refraining from moving on those would-be assassins out of concern that doing so might derail the tenuous negotiations on a new nuclear deal with Iran. Secret Service protective detail for Bolton
Of course, the administration would certainly deny such a grossly political move, and another unnamed DOJ official told the Examiner that “it would be categorically false to claim that these kinds of policy considerations would drive such a charging decision.”
However, there does appear to be other evidence in support of the […]
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