Three Pakistani brothers, employed as congressional staffers by several House Democrats, were loaned $100,000 by an Iraqi politician while they had administrator-level access to the House of Representatives’ computer network.
According to reports by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group, the loan was made by Dr. Ali al-Attar and was funneled through a company with “impossible”-to-decipher financial transactions controlled by congressional information technology (IT) staffers.
Pakistani native Imran Awan, the leader of the trio that includes his brothers, Abid and Jamal, had provided IT services beginning in 2005 for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Wasserman Schultz resigned from her DNC post in the wake of the email hack that erupted during the 2016 campaign.
The three brothers also worked for numerous other House democrats, including members of the intelligence, foreign affairs, and homeland security committees, likely affording them access to congressional emails and other sensitive information. Two members of the intelligence committee who employed the Pakistani brothers were Indiana Democrat Rep. Andre Carson and California Democrat Rep. Jackie Speier.
Soon after Imran began working for members of Congress, Imran’s and Abid’s wives — Hina Alvi and Natalia Sova — also landed on the congressional payroll.
By 2009, the Awan family was simultaneously managing a car dealership in Virginia, Cars International A LLC (bearing the initials C.I.A.), which was operated by Abid. Ultimately, the dealership suffered from financial mismanagement and came under scrutiny for suspicious dealings with people such as one Rao Abbas, who also subsequently appeared on the congressional payroll.
Court records reveal that the $100,000 loan came from al-Attar as the dealership continued to incur debt.
The Awan brothers’ access to House IT networks has now been revoked; they are under criminal investigation by the U.S. Capitol Police for copying information to an off-site server, improperly accessing information, and stealing congressional property.
H/T: The Daily Caller
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