Watch: John Bolton Demands Biden Stops Speaking With His Could-Be Assassin

By Emanuel Eisen | Saturday, 13 August 2022 05:15
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Former White House national security adviser Amb. John Bolton announced the assassination plot against him by an Iranian operative, and persisted in threats from Iran to American citizens on American soil is "unprecedented" and "an act of war," telling Fox News the Biden administration has been "signaling weakness" to Tehran and should "terminate" negotiations on the Iran nuclear deal.

The Justice Department on Wednesday declared charges against Iranian operative Shahram Poursafi, a member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, for a claimed plot to assassinate Bolton, who worked as former President Trump's national security adviser until 2019.

U.S. officials announced the plot was likely planned in retaliation for the January 2020 strike that killed Qassem Soleimani, a revered Iranian leader and the head of Iran's Quds Force.

In an interview with Fox News Digital on Thursday, Bolton stated he had been "aware" of actions against him for "some time."

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Bolton stated in the spring of 2020, the FBI contacted him with a "duty to warn."

"I was given several duties to warn as time went on, and each one was becoming a little more serious," Bolton announced, stressing that he went to a meeting at the FBI in the fall of 2021, where officials explained the latest information they had on plots against him.

Bolton explained to Fox News he asked for U.S. Secret Service protection, which he had during the Trump administration yet which was terminated upon his resignation.

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The FBI granted the request for USSS protection in December 2021, and Bolton said to Fox News that protection is ongoing.

But Bolton announced he is not so worried regarding the individual plot against him, but rather, threats from Iran against all Americans.

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"It is not just me," Bolton stated. "The regime in Tehran has targeted a lot of Americans."

"The aim here is to kill Americans on American soil, and its former government officials," Bolton clarified. "This is a broad threat to private American citizens on American soil, and I think it is, essentially, unprecedented."

He continued: "You could call it an act of war, and it tells you everything you need to know about the government in Tehran."

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The Justice Department, upon charging Pourshafi this week, stated it "has the solemn duty to defend our citizens from hostile governments who seek to hurt or kill them."

Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department's National Security Division announced this "is not the first time we have uncovered Iranian plots to exact revenge against individuals on U.S. soil, and we will work tirelessly to expose and disrupt every one of these efforts."

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