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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) uncovered a plot by a suspected Islamic State member to assassinate former President George W. Bush, Forbes reported Tuesday, citing an FBI search warrant.
The alleged plot was uncovered after the suspect revealed information about his plans and asked a confidential FBI source “to obtain replicas or fraudulent police and/or FBI identifications and badges” that would be used in the assassination, the report adds.
The suspect asked a second FBI source if there was a way to smuggle the co-conspirators out of the United States once their operation was completed, according to a March 23 search warrant unsealed in federal court in Columbus, Ohio.
Forbes released the search warrant as part of its report.
The alleged plot allegedly involved at least seven ISIS operatives. Forbes reported that the warrant stated that the suspect’s role was “to locate and monitor the residences and/or offices of former President Bush and to obtain firearms and vehicles for use in the assassination.” .
The suspect, along with the FBI informant, also managed to videotape the former president’s residence and took footage at the George W. Bush Institute, the report added, citing federal agents.
In a statement to The Hill, Bush Chief of Staff Freddy Ford neither confirmed nor denied the alleged plot and said that “President Bush has the fullest confidence in the world in the State Secret Service. States and in our law enforcement and intelligence communities.”
The FBI did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment.
Bloomberg reported that the search warrant, which was unsealed last month in federal court in Columbus, has been resealed.
The outlet added that a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Cincinnati, FBI Special Agent John Ypsilantis, said in the filing that the conspirators “wish to kill former President Bush because they believe he was responsible for the death of many Iraqis and the separation”. the whole country of Iraq.
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