NOTE: I apologize for the length of this essay, but I wanted it to be the most comprehensive single piece published so far – and I believe that it is, so please be patient and read on to learn everything you ever wanted to know about Little Debbie and her Merry Band of Thieves.
A lot of us wonder how the democrats can, with any degree of integrity, continue to snipe-hunt for any minuscule clue pointing to a Russian collusion with Donald Trump while Debbie Wasserman Schultz is up to her frizzy curls in real, honest-to-goodness criminal intrigue.
Where is the outcry? Where is the call for special prosecutors? Where are the media investigations? Obviously, those are rhetorical questions; we know that the democrats and their media cronies want to ignore it in hopes that it will bleed out and die a quiet death.
The democrats want this “matter” (as Hillary would term it) gone. They don’t want it investigated, they don’t want it publicized, they just want it to go away.
If not for the Daily Caller, few would know about this story. Where are ABC, CBS, NBC, the New York Times, Washington Post, etc.? You want to see collusion? Don’t waste time on Donald Trump and the Russians, it’s right there in plain sight between the major media and the democrats.
This latest democrat scandal should be news because of their former DNC Chairperson’s relationship with members of a Pakistani family who served as IT support for some democrat members of the House of Representatives.
The Awan Crime Family
Imran Awan is a Pakistani-born aide who worked for Debbie Wasserman Schultz as an IT administrator. She hired him in 2005, the year that she became the representative from Florida’s 23rd district. Wasserman Schultz has maintained a friendly personal relationship with Imran and his wife, Hina since his hire.
Imran solicited his brothers, Abid and Jamal, and Abid’s wife, Natalia Sova to join him in his IT enterprise and (through someone’s influence) they were all hired and placed on the House payroll. Imran’s group managed information technology for as many as 30 democrat lawmakers in the House. Since not all of the congress members required full-time IT services, some shared services, and the costs were split between them.
Imran’s family was well compensated for their services with Imran making $165,000 a year. Abid made $161,000, and Jamal, Hina and Natalia all earned $160,000 each. Those salaries were unusually high for IT staffers and were more in line with a legislator’s top Chief of Staff.
Since they began working for the government, the family members have been paid $4 million overall, according to Legistorm.com. Of that total, Imran has been paid $2 million and Abid $1.5 million of taxpayer money.
Those salaries are especially exorbitant when other IT aides say that Imran, and later Jamal, did most of the work while the others were rarely seen on Capitol Hill. The aides alleged that the “ghost” workers were on the payroll to collect more large salaries for the family and to circumvent a rule that prevents aides from making larger salaries than members of Congress.
A manager at a tech-services company that works with other democrat House offices said he approached the congressional offices, offering their services at one-fourth the price of Awan and his Pakistani brothers, but the members declined.
At the time, he couldn’t understand why his offers were rejected but now he suspects the Awans exerted some type of leverage over members.
Congressional technology aides are baffled that since a major data breach was detected in February and the Awan family’s access was revoked from the congressional network by Capitol Police, no arrests have been made.
The House Sargent-at-Arms briefed Chiefs of staff for the affected members and said that a criminal investigation was ongoing and alluded to some sort of procurement scam, but could include stolen data and emails as well.
The Awan’s have amassed an inventory of rental properties in Virginia and most of them are heavily financed, some with second mortgages.
The Daily Caller interviewed multiple current and former tenants who said that Imran insisted that rent is paid in untraceable ways. He mostly wanted cash – for security deposits, rent, everything. Some of the renters who did write checks would write checks to other family members and some of the renters said the family insisted on blank money orders.
There were suspicious real estate deals. One involved buying a house, taking a second mortgage, and selling the house to a family member. The transaction netted the family $119,000 of the bank’s money, without the ownership ever leaving the family and all the while, the house remained a rental property – which is illegal.
Imran’s brother Abid incorporated a car dealership in Falls Church, VA and borrowed $100,000 from an Iraqi politician (who was a fugitive from the U.S. Department of Justice). The dealership ran up debts to people who subsequently accused Abid of fraud. Abid declared bankruptcy to discharge the more than $1 million in debts he had amassed and to get out from under the liabilities. Business associates later said in court documents that Abid had stolen money and vehicles from them. A congressional credit union repossessed two of Abid’s personal cars just before the business folded.
No one questioned how Abid had time to run a car dealership while supposedly working full time for Congress.
As part of the bankruptcy, Abid managed to keep two houses by swearing he was separating or divorcing from his wife and they were living apart – yet they were, and are still together.
As some of Capitol Hill’s highest-paid employees, the brothers had to submit financial disclosures to Congress. In those, Abid attested that he had no liabilities and Imran conveniently forgot to mention that his spouse had any income (remember that $160,000 Hina was drawing?). Well, Imran did, he falsified the documents by indicating that his wife had no income. The disclosures also asked about rental income, but the Awans listed little or no rent payments as income.
Now, official documents, court records, and interviews suggest that the crew may have engaged in tax fraud, extortion, bankruptcy fraud, and insurance fraud and the money funneled overseas to Pakistan.
The plot thickens
The Awan house of cards began crumbling when the FBI got involved. They seized smashed computer hard drives from what had been Imran’s home. He abruptly moved out and rented it to a Marine Corps veteran and his Navy officer wife. When the Marine found wireless routers, hard drives, and laptops in the garage, and thought that the equipment looked like government-issued equipment, he contacted NCIS.
He recalled that the hard drives looked like someone had tried to destroy them and that he really became suspicious when Imran came to the house “three or four times,” trying to get the equipment back. Imran threatened to sue the Marine in order to get the hard drives back and Imran’s lawyer even contacted the marine trying to get the equipment back.
I wonder what is/was on those hard drives?
NCIS turned the case over to the FBI and Capitol Police who confiscated the equipment.
The Awan brothers have been evasive about their whereabouts, failing to provide accurate addresses for delivery of legal documents. Imran’s wife returned to Pakistan on March 5 with the couple’s children, departing shortly after the probe into the Awan family’s IT shenanigans began. Although Hina was stopped at the airport with $12,400 cash in her luggage, they didn’t prevent her from boarding.
A laptop, purportedly used by Imran, was found hidden in a vacant office by Capitol Police. Wasserman Schultz re-emerged in the spotlight when she threatened the Capitol Police with “consequences” if the laptop wasn’t returned to her.
The police haven’t yet examined the laptop because Wasserman Schultz has invoked the Constitution’s “Speech and Debate clause” which is designed to provide members of Congress with absolute immunity from lawsuit for their legislative activities. It’s still unknown what is on that laptop.
Just days prior to his arrest, Imran wired $283,000 to Pakistan. He was arrested on July 24, 2017, at the airport as he was trying to board a flight to Pakistan.
On the day of his arrest, he had accepted a buyer for one house and listed another one for sale. The houses were all listed in his wife’s (Hina) name. A third house was sold to a brother-in-law and a fourth sold to his brother Jamal.
Authorities believe that real estate transactions were used as a vehicle for moving large sums of money to Pakistan – essentially laundering it. The value of the known homes that have been sold since November 2016 is $1.8 million. Imran’s lawyer acknowledged a series of wire transfers prior to the latest $283,000 and it’s thought that some may have been what remained from the $4 million that was received from House salaries.
What were they doing?
Ah, that’s the $64,000 question.
The Awan family members had access to dozens of democrat members of Congress’ emails and files and Imran Awan had the password to an iPad used by then-DNC Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz – during the time when DNC emails were given to WikiLeaks. It was blamed on the Russians, but the DNC refused to allow the FBI access so the source could be verified.
Other IT aides were spreading rumors that a “secret” server was funneling congressional data off-site. For what purpose, one can only guess.
Three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the Awans. Those two committees deal with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues and documents, including those relating to the war on terrorism.
Also among those whose computer systems may have been compromised is Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz who was the target of an email hack when she served as chairman of the DNC during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The Awan brothers worked for Reps. Andre Carson and Jackie Speier, both are members of the intelligence committee. Then-Rep. Tammy Duckworth was also employing the brothers. She was a member of House committees dealing with armed services. And Lois Frankel is another representative who used the Awans. She is a member of the foreign affairs committee.
Five Capitol Hill technology aides said that members of Congress have displayed an inexplicable and intense loyalty towards the suspects who police say victimized them. The baffled aides wonder if the suspects are blackmailing representatives based on the contents of their emails and files, to which they had full access.
One IT aide who has managed IT for several House offices for 12 years said “I don’t know what they have, but they have something on someone, it’s been months at this point” with no arrests. “Something is rotten in Denmark.”
Another House IT employee who requested anonymity said tech workers who have taken over some of those offices found that computers in some — but not all — offices were “thin clients” that sent all data to an offsite server in violation of House policies. Additionally, staffers’ iPhones were all linked to a single non-government iTunes account.
“When you’re an admin for an office, yes, you have access to everything, you’re the one providing access for others,” the IT specialist said.
So, what were Imran and the Awan family doing? And why did Debbie Wasserman Schultz continue paying Imran even after his access had been revoked? How the hell does an IT administrator do IT administrator stuff when they can’t access the systems they were supposed to be supporting?
And yet, the democrats continue to flail away at that dead horse represented by Trump’s alleged collusion with the Russians while there is real, solid evidence that some 30 members of Congress emails and files were easily accessed by members of the Pakistani family. Some of those emails and files contained data relative to national security matters as well as the member’s personal information.
Were confidential national security-related files and/or emails leaked or sold to other entities?
Or, were the personal peccadillos of the House members being used for blackmail?
Relating to the image at the top of this post: Isn’t it a fortunate coincidence that Steven Wasserman, Assistant Attorney for the District of Columbia who is the brother of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has been tasked with overseeing the investigation of DNC IT employee Imran Awan? Kinda makes one suspect that Little Debbie will be found to be completely innocent, had no knowledge of and played no part in any of the criminal activities of the Awan family, and is as pure as the driven snow. Anyone suspect collusion and/or cover-up might be afoot?
And lastly, here is a press release by Imran’s attorney, blaming their troubles on anti-Muslim bigotry and proclaiming their innocence.
For the present, there are many more questions than answers, but the FBI believes that they may be able to reconstruct the data from those smashed hard drives and eventually, the data from that “secret” laptop Imran used will be accessed and then… maybe we’ll learn who was doing what to whom.
Disclaimer: No Republicans were harmed by this essay (all of the evil-doers were democrats).
NOTE: most of the information gathered for this piece was taken from articles published by The Daily Caller. They’ve been the lead investigative resource on this scandal and if you’re interested in knowing everything there is to know about DWS and the Awan Crime Family, look no further than the list of linked articles at the end of the one referenced in this LINK.