WASHINGTON, DC- A newly released intelligence report is warning that Iran may seek to assassinate former President Donald Trump and/or other top members of his administration in revenge for that administration’s taking out of former terrorist mastermind Gen. Qassem Soleimani via a drone strike over two years ago, according to a number of conservative websites.
“According to the intelligence report, Iran has identified former President Donald Trump, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and other officials as ‘priority targets’ for their role in overseeing the January 2020 US drone strike that killed Soleimani as he visited Iraq.
Iran has long openly made bombastic threats to take revenge for Soleimani’s death, but the new report offers further confirmation that US officials are taking the threats seriously,” they said, citing Yahoo News.
Yahoo reported that according to the intelligence report:
“Tehran has publicly expressed a willingness to conduct lethal operations inside the United States and has consistently identified former President Donald Trump, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and former CENTCOM Commander General Kenneth McKenzie as among its priority targets for retribution,” the report says.
The ability to conduct such operations in the United States has become much easier under the Biden administration, whose lax border policies have left the southern border of the United States wide open.
According to the New York Post, a number of terror watchlist suspects have been nabbed at the border, but it is unknown how many such individuals are “got-aways.”
“Iran would probably view the killing or prosecution of a US official it considers equivalent in rank and structure to Soleimani or responsible for his death as successful retaliatory actions,” the assessment continued.
According to the report, Iran, one of the most egregious countries in the sponsorship of terrorism in the world, is “waging a multipronged campaign” to avenge Soleimani’s death, a campaign which includes “threats of lethal action,” international maneuvering, and the issuance of Iranian arrest warrants and sanctions.”
Yet despite all of this, the Biden regime is desperately trying to reengage the mullahs in the nuclear deal axed by Trump, who (rightly) claimed it was a “bad deal” for the United States.
When the deal was put into place by the Obama administration, they transferred an estimated $1.7 billion in cash to Iran in settlement of a deal whereby the United States had placed sanctions on the terrorist country. In exchange, Iran released four American citizens.
While the Obama administration said it wasn’t a “cash for hostages” deal, they later admitted the cash was “used for leverage” until the prisoners were released, CBS News reported, with Obama sending an initial sum of $400 million to the regime.
The remainder of the $1.7 billion was ‘estimated interest” on Iranian money the U.S. held since the 1970s.
In January, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khameni shared an animated video that showed a robot calling in a drone strike to assassinate Trump on his Mar-a-Lago golf course in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The animated video was part of a “contest” to commemorate the Jan. 3, 2020, killing of Soleimani. In response to his killing, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi demanded action be taken against the former president.
The revelations came just before Biden announced his current trip to the Middle East, Yahoo News said. On Wednesday, Biden arrived in Israel where he met with that country’s interim prime minister, with Iran scheduled to be a major topic between the two, especially where it concerns their nuclear ambitions.
Yet despite Iran’s threat against a former president, Biden said Trump made a “gigantic mistake” in withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, which Iran had been repeatedly in violation of until Trump nixed it.
“There are those who thought with the last administration we sort of walked away from the Middle East, that we were going to create a vacuum that China and or Russia would fill, and we can’t let that happen,” Biden said.
You may recall that Biden spent the entire 2020 presidential campaign save a few appearances basically hiding in his basement. He must not have heard about the historic peace deals Trump brokered in the Middle East between Israel and a number of Arab countries, known as “The Abraham Accords.” Walked away from the Middle East? Hardly.
The threat against Trump was announced by the National Counter Terrorism Center. The Daily Mail reached out to that organization for comment, however none was received prior to publication.
For more on Iran’s threats against US government officials, please read our previous report:
WASHINGTON, DC – The Biden administration is sitting on indictable evidence that Iran is plotting to assassinate top U.S. officials, and instead of calling Iran out on the world stage and canceling nuclear-deal negotiations with an untrustworthy enemy, it is sending a strongly worded message asking that the terrorism sponsor “stop targeting our people.”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in halting but stunning testimony April 26, confirmed that even as Iran negotiates with the United States to restart its nuclear program, its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is actively plotting to murder former and current senior U.S. officials.
The admission came during Blinken’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee testimony and was in response to Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s question asking:
“Is it true that the IRGC is actively trying to murder former senior officials of the U.S.?”
Blinken acknowledged that Iran’s attempts to assassinate former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are real and ongoing.
“I’m not sure what I can say in an open setting, but let me say generically that there is an ongoing threat against American officials, both present and past.
“We are making sure and we will make sure for as long as it takes that we’re protecting our people, present and former, if they’re under threat.”
The information was made public last month in a State Department report detailing around-the-clock government protection for the former secretary of state under President Donald Trump. Other Trump administration officials who worked on issues related to Iran are also targeted but remain unnamed.
The department is spending more than $2 million a month to protect Pompeo and one of his top former aides, Brian Hook, and have spent more than $13 million to date, according to the report.
The White House has been concerned with the threats against Pompeo and Hook since January, when National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said:
“Make no mistake: The United States of America will protect and defend its citizens. As Americans, we have our disagreements on politics. We have our disagreements on Iran policy. But we are united in our resolve against threats and provocations. We are united in the defense of our people.”
After reports of threats to former members of the Trump administration, Sen. Ted Cruz asked Sec. Antony Blinken if current U.S. officials told Iran to ‘stop trying to murder the former Secretary of State [Mike Pompeo]’ pic.twitter.com/H4xGRiMuoB
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 26, 2022
All former secretaries of state are granted 180 days of protection from the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security upon leaving office.
But Pompeo, who once also served as CIA director under Trump, earned particular ire as one of the chief architects of the administration’s hardline stance against Tehran.
Under Trump, the United States supported the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian general, and in 2018 reimplemented economic sanctions and withdrew from President Obama’s 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, which Trump called “the worst deal ever.”
Pompeo isn’t the only high-ranking government official to be in Iran’s crosshairs.
The State Department report from March confirmed that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was plotting the assassination of former National Security Adviser John Bolton as well.
In addition, Secretary Blinken’s comments this past week were confirmation that current U.S. officials are also being threatened.
Cruz pointedly asked Blinken if the IRGC has been told to stop plotting assassinations. Blinken responded:
“One of the strong messages we send to them [Iranian negotiators] is they need to stop targeting our people. . . and they said they know what they would need to do to address this problem.”
Last month, the Biden administration said it was open to removing IRGC’s terrorist designation in return for reaching a nuclear deal and receiving a commitment from Tehran to de-escalate terrorist activities worldwide, which the regime is said to have dismissed.
EXCLUSIVE: At least 2 Iranians belonging to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards’ covert-action Quds Force have been plotting to assassinate former national security adviser @AmbJohnBolton, according to a @TheJusticeDept official.https://t.co/DmCN9h3gug
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 7, 2022
Iran has been formally designated as a state sponsor of terrorism since 1984.
The IRGC’s covert-action Quds Force was listed by the Treasury Department in 2007 as a specially designated global terrorist and the IRGC itself was similarly listed by Trump’s Treasury Department in 2017.
Sanctions were placed on the IRGC in 2007 over Iran’s ballistic-missile and nuclear programs, and in 2011 and 2012 for human-rights abuses.
In a March 7 report published by the Washington Examiner, a Justice Department official acknowledged that at least two Iranians belonging to the Quds Force have been plotting to assassinate Bolton.
The official, who has direct knowledge of the investigation, told the Examiner that the department possesses indictable evidence against the Iranians.
The source said that Biden administration officials are resisting indicting the men for fear of derailing the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear accord, which Biden had campaigned hard on reimplementing.
Bolton has long been one of the nation’s staunchest critics of the Iranian regime, which is the world’s leading state sponsor of anti-American terrorism.
The target on Bolton’s back likely came from a Trump-ordered U.S. military strike that killed Qasem Soleimani, head of the Quds Force. Its current commander, Esmail Qaani, is thought to be tasked by Iran’s supreme ruler, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, with avenging Soleimani through the assassination of a high-profile U.S. official.
The DOJ source told the Examiner that it is possible but unlikely there are sealed indictments against the men, but the source did say the seriousness of the plot warranted immediate public indictment.
The Washington Examiner report withheld some details of the plot against Bolton for national security reasons, but the DOJ source said the plot involved an effort to recruit an assassin on U.S. soil.
— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) April 28, 2022
Speaking on condition of anonymity, four active and former government officials told Forbes that Iranian threats against Bolton and Pompeo are continuing, specific and highly credible.
The Justice Department source told the Examiner that prosecutors, FBI agents, and intelligence community personnel involved in disrupting the plot against Bolton are frustrated and angry that there have been no indictments.
They are said to suspect political foot-dragging as the JCPOA nuclear pact negotiations near completion in Vienna.
But a Justice Department official told the newspaper that “it would be categorically false to claim that these kinds of policy considerations would drive such a charging decision.”
An agreement involving Iran, the United States and the five other original JCPOA parties is expected soon. Why the Biden administration treads lightly with a longtime terror-sponsoring state is unknown.
It remains to be seen if Iran gets everything on its wish list from Biden, such as removing Trump-era sanctions that designate the IRGC and associated groups as terrorist entities.
But the optics are clear on one aspect: Biden officials fear that indicting Quds Force officers for assassination plots against Americans would complicate their diplomatic efforts.
Biden dangles generous giveaways to Iran to revive nuclear ‘worst deal ever’ amid rising oil prices
March 7, 2022
WASHINGTON, DC – The Biden Administration is close to reviving the “worst deal ever” as it seeks to restore former President Barack Obama’s 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
The Obama-era Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action imposed restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in return for easing economic sanctions on the country. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement in 2018, citing the risk of Iran developing nuclear weapons under terms of the accord.
An agreement to restore the deal could be just days away, with negotiators from Europe and Iran making clear that they’ve reached the final hurdles.
#ViennaTalks still continue.
Premature good news does not substitute good agreement.
Nobody can say the deal is done, until all the outstanding remaining issues are resolved. Extra efforts needed.
Everybody is now focused on the final critical steps.
— Saeed Khatibzadeh | سعید خطیبزاده (@SKhatibzadeh) March 3, 2022
Restoring the agreement was a campaign promise and President Joe Biden’s negotiators have made “significant progress” in diplomatic talks taking place in Vienna, Deputy State Department spokeswoman Jalina Porter told reporters on March 3. Porter said:
“There has been significant progress and we are close to a possible deal, but a number of difficult issues remain unsolved.”
Ukraine first — Israel next?
— Melanie Phillips (@MelanieLatest) March 6, 2022
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell that he is ready to travel to Vienna and sign the deal if the United States and Europe accept Iran’s red lines, including economic guarantees for Iran, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Trump himself fulfilled a major campaign promise by pulling out of the nuclear agreement and reinstating the “highest level of economic sanctions.” Trump overturned one of Obama’s key foreign policy achievements, stating to the press:
“The Iran deal is defective at its core. If we do nothing, we know exactly what will happen. In just a short period of time the world’s leading state sponsor of terror will be on the cusp of acquiring the world’s most dangerous weapon. Therefore, I am announcing today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.”
At the time, Trump said he wanted a “real, comprehensive and lasting solution” that would include the elimination of Iran’s ballistic missile program and its support of terroristic activities worldwide.
Trump called the JCPA “the worst deal ever,” in part because it wasn’t permanent and would allow Iran to resume enriching uranium a decade after taking effect and would lift other restrictions after that.
Rob Malley, the Biden Administration’s representative at the talks in Vienna, is said to be offering generous sanctions relief, including to Iranians who have been linked to terror activities.
Malley, who was dropped as an adviser to Obama’s 2008 campaign after meeting with the Palestinian terror group Hamas, is seen as an appeaser.
Obama later appointed Malley to his administration anyway, where he negotiated the initial deal with Iran and then appointed him to be his ISIS czar. Both appointments are seen as failures for allowing Iran to become a nuclear power and for allowing the Islamic State to thrive.
Malley pops up again in service to Biden, who sent him to Vienna. The Iranians stalled the talks for more than a year, during which Malley continued to offer concessions. Breitbart News reported in January that three of Biden’s negotiators quit over the United States’ weak stance.
In a Twitter thread by Melanie Phillips on her Substack page, former State Department official Gabriel Noronha has posted a list of the concessions that Malley is reportedly offering the Iranians to return to the deal. From the thread:
“Led by Rob Malley, the U.S. has promised to lift sanctions on some of the regime’s worst terrorists and torturers, leading officials in the regime’s WMD infrastructure, and is currently trying to lift sanctions on the [Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps] itself,” he wrote.
The negotiations were a “total disaster,” Noronha quoted a source as saying, and noted that they likely were illegal, but the Biden Administration was looking for ways to circumvent congressional review, as Obama did.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine provides Biden the open door he needed to give Iran what it wants as many in the United States are calling on the president to end importation of Russian oil and gas.
But the potential of importing millions of gallons of oil daily from Iran puts the Islamist nation in the driver’s seat for negotiations and the pressure is on to reach an agreement as oil spiked to $130 a barrel.
However, crude oil prices could still skyrocket even if the talks collapse because traders have been expecting Iranian oil to once again hit global markets.
Iran is the No. 2 holder of natural gas reserves and No. 4 holder of crude reserves. Traders have estimated that Iran could raise its exports by 1 million barrels a day within months of the deal going into effect.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday said the United States and European and NATO allies were considering an embargo of Russian oil imports to pull funding from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war with Ukraine.
The U.S. benchmark briefly topped $130 a barrel in overnight electronic trade on speculation Russian oil imports would be banned. On Monday, West Texas Intermediate crude for April delivery was up $2.80, or 2.4%, at $118.48 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange after trading at $130.50 overnight. Brent crude, the global benchmark, was up $4.78, or 4.1%, to $122.89 a barrel, after peaking at $139.13 a barrel overnight.
Iran is pushing for other changes to its status, including that the International Atomic Energy Agency end its investigations into Iran’s nuclear activities.
In a statement that should make Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei smile, Rafael Mariano Grossi, director of the IAEA, has stated that the world’s atomic watchdog could work with Iran on the issue.
The Biden administration appears ready to lift not only the sanctions that were covered in the original deal but also many of those that Trump imposed after he pulled the United States out of the agreement, said Richard Goldberg, who specialized in Iran policy for Trump and is now a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Goldberg said:
“This agreement (Biden’s plan) gives more in sanctions relief while requiring less in nuclear commitments than the 2015 deal.”
Iran is also demanding that its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps be removed from the United States terror blacklist, put there in 2019 by Trump. In making the unprecedented move to blacklist another country’s military, Trump said the IRGC:
“. . . actively participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft.”
Under the blacklist, sanctions were imposed that significantly squeezed the force’s finances, including freezing assets the IRGC might have in U.S. jurisdictions and banning Americans from doing business with the organization.
In what apparently is Iran acknowledging Trump’s reversal of Obama’s deal and a possible red tsunami coming at the polls in 2022 and 2024, it is seeking assurance that the United States cannot ever again withdraw from the nuclear agreement. The issue is a sticking point, as negotiators and diplomats are unable to guarantee a future president’s actions.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh tweeted that regardless of the positive rumblings, “Nobody can say the deal is done until all the outstanding remaining issues are resolved.”
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