The United States Department of Justice has charged an Iranian citizen who it says is a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps with attempting to hire an assassin to murder John Bolton, an ex-national security adviser in the Trump administration, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.\r\n\r\nAccording to the Justice Department, Shahram Poursafi, also known as Mehdi Rezayi, offered to pay unnamed individuals $300,000 in November 2021 to \u0022eliminate\u0022 Bolton in Washington, D.C. or Maryland.\r\n\r\nFederal officials said the assassination of Bolton would have been in retaliation for the U.S. military\u0026#039;s January 2020 drone strike killing of Qasem Soleimani—a top commander in the IRGC, which is a branch of Iran\u0026#039;s military—in Iraq.\r\n\r\n\u0022Poursafi is alleged to have said that after Bolton was killed, there would be another job, for which the hitman would be paid $1 million,\u0022 The Guardian reported. \u0022The person offered the money became an FBI confidential informant, and continued to exchange texts on an encrypted communications app with Poursafi.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe 45-year-old suspect, who the DOJ believes tried to orchestrate the plot from Tehran, remains at large abroad.\r\n\r\n\u0022If found and convicted, he would face up to 10 years\u0026#039; imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000 for the use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire, and up to 15 years\u0026#039; imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000 for providing and attempting to provide material support to a transnational murder plot,\u0022 the Washington Post reported.\r\n\r\nAs The Guardian noted:\r\n\r\n\r\nBolton was no longer national security adviser when the drone strike against Soleimani was carried out as the Iranian general was visiting Baghdad on January 3, 2020, but he is a longtime advocate of military action against Iran and a staunch opponent of the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal with Tehran. Secret Service cars have been reported to have been parked across the road from Bolton\u0026#039;s house in the Washington area at least since early 2022.\r\n\r\n\r\nIn the immediate wake of Soleimani\u0026#039;s assassination, Bolton tweeted, \u0022Hope this is the first step to regime change in Tehran.\u0022\r\n\r\nBolton, who admitted on CNN last month that he has \u0022helped plan coups d\u0026#039;état\u0022 in foreign countries, served as a national security adviser to former President Donald Trump for 17 months, resigning in 2019 over reported disagreements about whether to lift some sanctions against Iran as a negotiating tactic.\r\n\r\n\u0022Bolton, who did not want the sanctions lifted, was a main architect of the Trump administration\u0026#039;s \u0026#039;maximum pressure\u0026#039; campaign of escalating economic sanctions and threats of retaliation for Iran\u0026#039;s alleged support of terrorism,\u0022 the Post noted. \u0022The idea was to cripple Iran\u0026#039;s economy to the point that its leaders felt they must bargain away any nuclear ambitions and missile technology.\u0022\r\n\r\nNews of the FBI\u0026#039;s search for Poursafi comes just two days after negotiators in Vienna said they\u0026#039;re close to reviving the Iran nuclear accord that the Trump administration, with no small part played by Bolton, unilaterally tanked.\r\n\r\nBefore his stint in the Trump White House, Bolton, whom critics have called a \u0022bloodthirsty warmonger,\u0022 was a major cheerleader for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He served in senior arms control roles and eventually became ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush.\r\n\r\nBetween the Bush and Trump presidencies, Bolton spent time working at right-wing think tanks, a private equity firm, and as a Fox News contributor.