Former Trump official Brian Hook’s stolen car was used in deadly DC shooting
Former US special envoy for Iran Brian Hook reportedly had two vehicles stolen from his home in northern Virginia last year, one of which was later used in a fatal shooting.
The former Trump administration official was enjoying round-the-clock protection from the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service at the time of the thefts — due to Iranian threats The Washington Examiner reported on Friday.
Sources told the news agency that Diplomatic Security did not know Hook’s cars had been stolen until “considerably later that same day.”
The report said that three weeks after the December 11, 2022 theft at Hook’s home, one of the stolen vehicles was used in a January 3 shooting in Washington, D.C., in which three people — including a child — were injured and a man died .
A State Department spokesman told the Post that the department “is not discussing details of its safeguards for operational and security reasons.”
The spokesman referred the Post to “the Fairfax County Police Department and the Metropolitan Police Department for further information on incidents in their areas of jurisdiction.”
The two law enforcement agencies and Hook did not respond to requests for comment.
In January, the Biden administration expanded the use of agents from the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service to protect Hook amid ongoing threats to his life from Iran.
The State Department called the threats “serious and credible” in a statement to Congress.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is receiving similar government protection following similar threats from the Iranian regime.
Last March, the Associated Press reported that the State Department was paying more than $2 million a month to provide 24-hour security for Pompeo and Hook.
The staggering security breach at Hook’s residence is similar to the break-in at current National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan’s Washington, DC home in April.
The Washington Post reported that an apparently “drunk” man entered Sullivan’s home in the middle of the night and only left after being confronted by Sullivan.
The intrusion went unnoticed by Sullivan’s 24-hour Secret Service.
A Secret Service spokesman told The Post earlier this month that the agency had launched an investigation into the incident.