Biden Admin Remained Silent on Iran’s Attempt to Kill John Bolton

Former US officials are accusing the Biden administration of intentionally remaining silent about Iran’s plan to assassinate Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton. 

Reportedly, the Biden administration wanted to pursue the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran so it did not expose Iran’s secret assassination plan, fearing the indictment could disrupt nuclear talks. 

Biden Administration Kept Bolton’s Murder Plan Secret

While the DOJ accused Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) official Shahram Poursafi of planning the assassination of Bolton from October 2021 to April 2022, political observers are questioning the DOJ’s timeline.

According to political analysts, Bolton was under threat right after US drone strikes in Iraq, which killed IRGC leader Qasem Soleimani; the threats against him were not new at all.

A former special adviser in the US State Department, Gabriel Noronha, noted Iran was trying to kill Bolton in early 2020, so the report delivered by the DOJ was long overdue.

Noronha claimed the NSC and the State Department tried to manipulate the DOJ, so they are the real culprits for not releasing the information on time. He argued the DOJ had a crucial role by becoming the “most aggressive” agency against Iran.

Well before the DOJ report, the Washington Examiner published a report this March, claiming IRGC operatives were trying to eliminate Bolton. Likewise, the report insisted the Biden administration is intentionally delaying the indictment as it could stop the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran.

Furthermore, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East, Simone Leeden, argued the federal government could have easily exposed Iranian ambitions to kill Bolton earlier, adding that Poursafi is highly unlikely to face a trial in America.

According to Leeden, the Biden administration tried to protect the Iranian regime by not releasing the information regarding Poursafi, due to “diplomatic reasons.”

Leeden also added the Biden administration had only one motive to stop the information: the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran.

DOJ Failed to Charge Iranian Operative Correctly

In addition to that, Nathan Sales, who previously served as the Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights of the United States, raised his eyebrows at the wording used in the DOJ indictment.

Sales noted the Iranian operative is not charged for supporting the terrorist organization, which should be an obvious charge in such a case.

This faulty indictment of the DOJ is even more alarming at a time when the FBI’s poster mentions that Poursafi is wanted for providing material support to the terrorists.

However, the White House dismissed these concerns. Speaking to the New York Post, a White House spokesperson noted the DOJ is complying with the principles in holding Poursafi accountable.

Last week, National Security Council Spokesman John Kirby stated the US negotiations with Iran with regard to the nuclear deal are almost complete. 

This article appeared in The State Today and has been published here with permission.