Trump Admin Puts MEK On Table For New Iran Leadership

Maryam Rajavi (L) and Rudy Giuliani, attend celebration of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, on March 20, 2018, there was a gathering of Iranians Resistance and supporters in Tirana, Albania. As part of this gathering, M... Maryam Rajavi (L) and Rudy Giuliani, attend celebration of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, on March 20, 2018, there was a gathering of Iranians Resistance and supporters in Tirana, Albania. As part of this gathering, Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), members of the international community, such as former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and others spoke in support of Iranian freedom and regime change. (Photo by Siavosh Hosseini/NurPhoto via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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March 6, 2019 4:52 p.m.

The U.S. government no longer rules out a bizarre, cultish Iranian exile group as an option for taking power in Tehran, Al-Monitor reported Wednesday.

Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) is a group known partly for its former designation as a terrorist group, partly for its innovative mixture of socialism and fundamentalist Islam, and partly for its willingness to throw money around Washington.

Two key Trump allies have ties to MEK or have supported the group in the past

None other than Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani spoke at an anti-Iran rally last month, saying that he was representing MEK, and not Trump.

National Security Adviser John Bolton has also voiced support for the group, in part because they represent an organized group with the aim of taking down the current Iranian government. That’s not a judgment on the nature of their organization, so to speak, or on the fact that they were included on a State Department list of terrorist groups until 2012.

“The behaviour and the objectives of the regime are not going to change and, therefore, the only solution is to change the regime itself,” Bolton reportedly said at a 2017 “Free Iran” conference that MEK held in Paris.

Financial disclosure forms show that Bolton was paid $40,000 for that appearance, and has received more than $180,000 in total from the group.

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