I reported previously about the wild story involving two fake federal agents, Arian Taherzadeh and Haider Ali, who tried to ingratiate themselves to the Secret Service and showered them with gifts from iPhones to rent-free apartments. They got close to multiple agents, including an agent in Jill Biden’s protective detail, to whom they allegedly offered a $2,000 rifle. They even loaned a car to his wife to drive. It was an incredibly twisted plot that involved a ton of money and started as long ago as February 2020, the police alleged, so it had been going on for some time.
What was their plan with such time and money invested? They had foreign ties, including Pakistani and Iranian visas. One allegedly implied he had a connection to Pakistani intelligence.
To win over agents, suspects alleged gifts included rent-free apartments (40k a year) + iPhones + flat screen TV. One suspect offered to buy “two thousand dollar assault rifle for a Secret Service agent assigned to the First Lady’s protective detail.” pic.twitter.com/rNLn4qmWay
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) April 7, 2022
According to CBS, one of them had traveled to Iran before the plot began and agents described them as a flight risk. Federal agents also said they had accessed the security system to the entire complex where they lived and had a list of federal agents and members of the defense community who lived in the building. The prosecutors said they were considering conspiracy charges.
I noted in my prior report this was a month after President Donald Trump took out Qasem Solemani and Iran had vowed revenge.
But it gets worse.
We reported about the attempt to suborn the agent in Jill Biden’s detail. But it turns out that other agents in very critical positions were being worked, as well. According to Real Clear Politics, they also were in contact with a Uniformed Division officer at the White House, an agent on Joe Biden’s detail, and a Uniformed Division officer assigned to protect Kamala Harris’ residence.
All four officers are now on administrative leave, while the Secret Service’s “Insider Threat Division” is leading the investigation into whether the employees allowed themselves to be bribed, whether they knowingly took part in the possible scheme, and whether espionage was involved.
Prosecutors say one of the agents who received the free rent and additional gifts is the Uniformed Division officer assigned to the White House.
That agent lived rent-free in a three-bedroom apartment that generally would rent for $48,000 annually, the filing said. It was located at the same complex where Taherzadeh lived. Prosecutors said he was tricked into believing accepting the free rent wouldn’t raise ethics or conflict of interest issues because Taherzadeh told the agent that a division of DHS “had approved extra rooms as part of his operations, and that [agent] could live in one of them for free.”
“The investigation confirmed that there are no such [DHS] operations, and it authorized no such expense,” the filing said.
The two DHS impersonators appeared to have targeted the apartment complex, which is home to several law enforcement employees, including many Secret Service and DHS employees. Taherzadeh and Ali seemed to have control of five apartments. When investigators searched the defendants’ apartments, they found a drone, handguns, ammunition, bullet-proof body armor, gas masks, zip ties, handheld radios, body cameras, binoculars, a high-powered telescope, and four laptop computers. They also discovered what appeared to be official DHS patches and training manuals, scopes for weapons, components of disassembled rifles, and a list of every resident of the apartment complex.
It’s hard to believe how dangerous this situation was — endangering the White House, Joe and Jill Biden, Kamala Harris, and frankly all the agents and members of the defense community in that apartment building. And what other information could they also have on the agents in the apartment building if they had such access to the building? It is extraordinarily concerning that this got as far as it did and they need to check who/what might be compromised here.
Originally Posted on: https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2022/04/08/report-agents-detailed-to-joe-biden-kamala-harris-and-wh-subjects-of-fake-agent-bribery-scheme-n547331