Written by DML
The story of the IT guru who is in hot water with the feds is getting more interesting by the minute, and I’ve received a lot of requests from our readers to provide a synopsis of the situation.
Here it goes:
His name is Imran Awan, he is a Pakistani-born U.S. citizen, and he is the former staffer for Democrat lawmaker Debbie Wasserman-Shultz (FL). Last week, Awan was arrested at a DC-area airport as he was reportedly fleeing the country for Pakistan. He was charged with bank fraud, but has pleaded not guilty.
As we’ve reported, Awan and several of his family members stole computer equipment used by Congress and penetrated sensitive networks linked to congressional committees, including the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Awan and others allegedly involved in the scandal remained on the congressional payroll for months after their activity became public, leading some members of Congress to call for an independent investigation into Wasserman Schultz’s handling of the situation.
Earlier today we reported that House oversight committee member, Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.) is urging the Trump administration to pursue a court order freezing recent wire transfers to Pakistan made by Awan.
Awan was arrested after wiring $283,000 from the Congressional Federal Credit Union to Pakistan. According to Fox News, officials charged him with defrauding the credit union of $165,000 by lying on a home equity loan application.
But it gets worse.
Awan’s wife, and many of his relatives were on the payroll of Democrat lawmakers. Over the past eight years, Awan and his family members were collectively paid $4 million since 2009 for IT services. American taxpayers footed the bill.
Awan’s wife took off last month for Pakistan with their children. She has not returned to the US.
Awan and his family had incredible access to the digital files stores on the computers and servers of members of Congress, including those of Wasserman Schultz.
According to Frank Miniter (Fox News), in a public hearing in May, Wasserman Schultz actually badgered the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police about computer equipment scooped up in the investigation of Awan and his relatives. Wasserman Schultz told the chief: “I think you’re violating the rules” for keeping the computer equipment as part of the Awan investigation. She also told the chief to “expect there will be consequences” for “conduct[ing] your business that way.” Still, Wasserman Schultz kept Awan on her staff until he was arrested – even though his access to the congressional computer system was revoked in February.
As the news broke of Awan’s arrest, the law firm representing him – Gowen Rhoades Winograd & Silva – criticized his accusers. One statement from the law firm says: “The attacks on Mr. Awan and his family began as part of a frenzy of anti-Muslim bigotry in the literal heart of our democracy, the House of Representatives. For months we have had utterly unsupported, outlandish, and slanderous statements targeting Mr. Awan coming not just from the ultra-right-wing “pizzagate” media but from sitting members of congress. Now we have the Justice Department showing up with a complaint about disclosures on a modest real estate matter.”
Wasserman Schultz has been avoiding the media, but her office responded to questions from the media with a statement: “After details of the investigation were reviewed with us, my office was provided no evidence to indicate that laws had been broken, which over time, raised troubling concerns about due process, fair treatment and potential ethnic and religious profiling. Upon learning of his arrest, he was terminated.”
Awan also allegedly funneled sensitive congressional data offsite in what some are calling a massive cyber-security breach. The FBI actually seized smashed hard drives from Awan’s home.
This investigation has been ongoing since last February; however, even before Capitol Police began their investigation of Imran Awan and his relatives – including his brothers Abid and Jamal and their wives – there were a lot of red flags that should have alerted Capitol Police. Jamal Awan, for example, had an annual salary of $157,000, or about three times what the average IT staff member was paid in the House, according to InsideGov. Meanwhile, Abid Awan had a salary of $161,000 and Imran Awan was being paid $165,000.
So, if you look at all the facts, there are a few things about this story that are extremely troubling, in my opinion:
A) Why would Wasserman Shultz keep this guy on the payroll? Was she being blackmailed, or was he involved in other criminal activity she was connected to — perhaps he had more to do for her? Or perhaps she was sleeping with him? You never know.
B) Why is the media ignoring this story? It’s not a conspiracy theory, and there is no racial or religion-based bias. So, why not dive in head first? If this was somehow connected to Trump or Republican lawmakers it would be front page news. The media is staying as far away from this story as they are the Seth Rich murder.
C) Why would this one family be paid so much money over the course of time? Why would they have so much access?
There is something severely wrong here, and I suspect it has ties to Seth Rich. He is the DNC staffer who was murdered in Washington DC last year and is suspected by many to be the person who handed over the DNC emails to Wikileaks.
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