Imran Awan

For the moment, the facts speak for themselves and very little commentary is necessary.  This story has been brewing for months, apparently while being actively suppressed by the "mainstream" Democrat-controlled news media.  This story would be front-page news every day of the week if the central figures were Republicans.  But no, those who have the most at stake are Democrats, and this is a major Democrat scandal.

Overview and recap articles:

Why Is This Not a Story?  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., the former Democratic National Committee chairwoman known in political circles as DWS, is knee-deep in a scandal that involves a laptop, money and possible foreign entanglements.  Unlike the Trump Russian scandal, however, The Washington Post and New York Times have barely reported on the story, which has conservatives observing — with President Donald Trump's Twitter account concurring — that the mainstream media have a double standard.  In February, the House sergeant-at-arms yanked House computer network access for five information technology staffers who worked as shared employees for some 30 House Democrats.  Capitol Police told members that the five were under criminal investigation for possibly violating security policies — and asked members to update their security settings.  By March, most Democrats had fired the five, if only because they could no longer do their jobs.

How Did the Dems' IT Scandal Suspects Get Here?  The public has a right to know the immigration status and history of foreign criminal suspects.  Their entrance and employment sponsorship records should not be treated like classified government secrets — especially if the public's tax dollars subsidized their salaries.

Where The Scandals Really Are.  The central figure in this scandal is a Pakistani national named Imran Awan, who appears to be connected in some way to his country's intelligence service.  Awan is an IT professional who was hired in 2004 to handle computer equipment for Florida Democrat congressman Robert Wexler, and he then picked up a job as a shared staffer to work for Wexler's colleague Debbie Wasserman Schultz. [...] And in the meantime, the Awan family was engaging in a pattern of financial activities that looked a whole lot like a mafia operation — questionable real estate deals, bank fraud, kidnapping and extortion, a used-car dealership that might well have been a front for moving stolen cars to Pakistan for sale, and so on.  Awan was arrested at Dulles International Airport on Monday [7/24/2017] as he tried to flee the country while the FBI and Capitol Hill Police were closing in on a bank fraud indictment.  In January he had wired some $283,000 from the Congressional Federal Credit Union to two individuals in Pakistan; he was trying to board a flight to Lahore when he had the cuffs put on him.  But the real juice with the Awans isn't the bank fraud or the possible stolen cars.  The real scandal here is the stolen computers — and the stolen information.  It's alleged that the Awans illegally downloaded documents from their clients, some of whom were on the House Intelligence Committee and other sensitive committees, and even walked off with congressional computers.

12 Questions for Democrats Behind the Awan Scandal
1. Who coordinated the hiring of the Awan brothers by dozens of Democratic Congressman?
2. Why were they so grossly overcompensated (millions of dollars) for no work?
3. Were they kicking back money to the Democrats, doing "dirty" work for them, or blackmailing them?
4. Why did Wasserman-Schultz keep the Capitol Police from searching her laptop they had confiscated from Imran Awan?
5. Why did Wasserman-Schultz keep him on her payroll after the Capitol Police further barred him and his brothers from accessing Congressional computers?

The Pakistani Hackers Working for the DNC.  Computer hacking.  A senior political figure threatening law enforcement officials.  Destruction of evidence.  Collusion with foreign powers.  Financial corruption.  Incompetence.  Maladministration.  Hot stuff.  Russia?  Trump, Sr., Jr., or both?  Nope.  It's U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), former head of the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton groupie, and, right now, the Barbie Doll in the center of (at last!) a real scandal involving a Pakistani computer guru called Imran Awan, his wife Hina Alvi, various other family members, and the computer servers of various Democratic congressmen, including Schultz. [...] [Andrew C.] McCarthy cuts to the chase:  "This is not about bank fraud.  The Awan family swindles are plentiful, but they are just window-dressing.  This appears to be a real conspiracy, aimed at undermining American national security."

Timely news and commentary:

NRCC Hits Wasserman Schultz for Handling of IT Staffer Scandal.  The National Republican Congressional Committee on Wednesday released a new ad titled "Corrupt," which targets Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) for her handling of the scandal involving her now-former IT staffer, Imran Awan.  Schultz has faced backlash in recent weeks for employing Awan, who had been under federal investigation since February for an equipment and data scam in the House; she only fired Awan after he attempted to flee the United States.  He was arrested in late July at Dulles Airport in Virginia after trying to fly to his native Pakistan.

Grassley Seeks Immigration Files For Pakistani Suspects In House IT Probe.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has requested copies of immigration files for the six Pakistani suspects in the House IT scandal, who allegedly stole equipment from Congress and accessed computers without permission.  Grassley is seeking more information on Imran Awan, his wife, his two brothers and two of his close friends in connection to the scandal.  Capitol police have accused Awan and his associates of violating congressional security policies and stealing equipment from Congress.  Awan is from Pakistan, and was arrested by the FBI in July as he boarded a flight to the country.

How Did the Dems' IT Scandal Suspects Get Here?  For months, the D.C. Capitol Police have probed allegations that the Awan ring stole equipment from more than 20 congressional offices and accessed the House IT system without members' knowledge.  Investigative reporter Luke Rosiak at the Daily Caller News Foundation has done excellent work on the case — most recently breaking the news of Imran Awan's arrest in late July at the airport for alleged bank fraud, mortgage scams, and shady wire transfers of nearly $300,000.  Awan was headed to Pakistan to join his wife, Hina Alvi, and three children, who had hastily fled America in March after Alvi was fired by Representative Meeks.  This reeks.  My question to the House Democrats was simple: Were the Awans and their family and friends H-1B tech workers — like so many of the 650,000 "temporary" foreign guest workers imported into America under that program over the past quarter-century and predominantly working in IT?

DNC Party Members Turning Against Wasserman Schultz After IT Scandal.  Members of the Democratic Party are turning on Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) after an IT staffer scandal that only added to her unpopularity. [...] Schultz resigned from her post as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee one year ago, after leaked emails revealed she and other party officials were trying to sabotage Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I., Vt.) campaign.  She was infamously booed by activists, who shouted "shame" at her during a Florida delegation breakfast speech.  Most recently, Schultz came under fire for employing Imran Awan, an IT staffer who has been under federal investigation since February for an equipment and data scam in the House.  Schultz had only fired him when he attempted to flee the U.S. to his native Pakistan.

The long knives come out for Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  A dog whistle of sorts has been blown, audible to Democrat pros, alerting them to the problem Debbie Wasserman Schultz has become for the political family.  Coming from Politico, the Democrat insiders' gazette, it will [be] heard by all.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a threat to national security.  Many voters rejected Hillary Clinton because they thought she couldn't be trusted with national secrets after her reckless handling of sensitive State Department emails.  Florida voters ought to dispatch Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz for the same reason.  When it comes to security matters, the incumbent Democrat and former DNC chair makes Hillary look like a diligent TSA agent.  And the news about her staffer trying to flee to Pakistan to avoid data-fraud charges is only the latest proof.  Computer security at the DNC was so lax on Wasserman Schultz's watch that hackers burrowed deep into the network, leading to a massive data breach.  They were thwarted, in contrast, when they tried to infiltrate Schultz's Republican counterparts.

Florida Democrats [are] Desperate to Get Rid of Wasserman-Schultz.  Watching Debbie Wasserman-Schultz go down the drain is nearly as gratifying as last November's election.  Wasserman-Schultz deserves ever bit of blow back (and hopefully legal blowback) from this whole Imran Awan charade.  Democrats in Florida are so desperate, they are telling Wasserman-Schultz to just go away.

Judicial Watch: Media Ignore Lawsuit Against DNC, Wasserman Schultz.  News outlets are ignoring a class-action lawsuit filed by 150 Democrat voters and donors against the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and its former chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, for the "breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, unjust enrichment, and negligent misrepresentation for secretly helping Clinton get the presidential nomination over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders," according to Judicial Watch.  The 35-page lawsuit claims that Wasserman Schultz and the DNC were biased towards Hillary Clinton and actively assisted her in winning her party's 2016 nomination, arguing that "the DNC was not neutral."

We need answers in Democrats' congressional IT drama.  If a Russian-born IT specialist with longstanding ties to former Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus was arrested by the FBI trying to board a flight to Moscow after wiring hundreds of thousands of dollars abroad on a false pretense while leaving a trail of destroyed hard drives in his wake, it would be the subject of banner headlines and 24/7 speculation on cable TV.  Instead we have the case of Imran Awan, a Pakistani IT specialist hired by then-Democratic National Committee head Debbie Wasserman Shultz, picked up by the Feds under similar circumstances to a collective yawn from the mainstream press.  Awan's defense attorney, Clinton-connected Chris Gowan, blames the whole thing on Islamophobia.  Wasserman Shultz's office also played the bias card, saying the investigation raises "troubling concerns about ... potential ethnic and religious profiling."  Others aver that making anything more of this case than bank fraud is an exercise in fake news.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz's pathetic 'right thing' defense.  Only someone as brazenly arrogant as Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz could claim her own irresponsible behavior as a civic virtue.  The former Democratic Party chair insists she "did the right thing" by not firing an IT aide after being warned he was under criminal investigation, "and I would do it again."  Not only did she stand by Imran Awan, she tried to stonewall Capitol Hill investigators and even threatened them with "consequences" if they didn't back off.  Awan is now charged with bank fraud — but that's the least of the story, which she chalks up entirely to anti-Muslim bias.

Smashed Hard Drives Can Still Be Read : Whatever Is On Imran Awan's Smashed Hard Drives Likely Can Be Recovered.  Somebody must have thought they were hiding something by smashing those computer hard-drives the FBI recovered from the home of Imran Awan, Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's former information technology (IT) aide.  But odds are excellent they were wrong.  Federal law enforcement authorities may have already recovered and read whatever was on those hard drives.  "It depends on what happens, but even if it is hit with a hammer, it probably doesn't damage the platters that actually hold the data, which remains recoverable," said Tom Hakim, engineering supervisor for, a New York-based lab that specializes in difficult digital retrieval.

The dots between Imran Awan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Seth Rich begin to connect.  The Gateway Pundit reported that earlier this week that Washington DC area detective Rod Wheeler tweeted out about the high profile arrest of former DNC Chair IT specialist Imran Awan.  Rod Wheeler told his Twitter followers there may be a connection to Imran Awan's arrest and "other" local cases.  The "other" local case Wheeler refers to in his tweet is the unsolved Seth Rich murder.

Wasserman Schultz talks about arrested aide Imran Awan.  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz defiantly stands by her decision to keep an information technology aide on her payroll for six months after he was banned from the House network and fired by other members of Congress.  "I believe that I did the right thing, and I would do it again," Wasserman Schultz said Thursday in an exclusive interview with the Sun Sentinel.  "There are times when you can't be afraid to stand alone, and you have to stand up for what's right.  "It would have been easier for me to just fire him," she said.  The Weston Democrat did fire Imran Awan last week after he was arrested on bank fraud charges at an airport while trying to leave the country.

AWANGATE: A CIA Black Operation That Used Pakistan's ISI To Do The Dirty Work.  All the evidence points directly to fired DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz as the CIA's point-person in this ongoing crime spree perpetrated in collaboration with Pakistani brothers Imran, Abid, Jamal Awan, as well as their ISI associates.  Remember those three names.  However, it's Rep. Wasserman Schultz who is the CIA's pivotal inside agent for this seditious operation.  Who does not know that Wasserman Schultz was the DNC Chair during the totally corrupted Democratic primary?  The highly incriminating leaked emails from that extremely sordid period of US presidential history speaks volumes about the lack of ethics exhibited by the disgraced chairwoman.  What's quite shocking is the degree of naked criminality that Wasserman Schultz boldly displays even to this very day.  It's as though she has a power standing behind her that permits her to act with utter impunity.  The American people have never witnessed such sheer audacity and chutzpah where it concerns treasonous conduct.

Wasserman Schultz Says Laptop She Sought To Keep From Police Was Awan's, Not Hers.  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz never actually saw the computer she fought to block the Capitol Police from examining as evidence in a criminal case against her IT aide by saying it was hers, she told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel Thursday [8/3/2017].  She threatened "consequences" on May 18 for the chief of the Capitol Police unless the laptop was returned — despite police contending it was needed to help determine whether a staffer may have violated the House's cybersecurity.  "This was not my laptop.  I have never seen that laptop.  I don't know what's on the laptop," she said Thursday.  She said it was Imran's laptop but purchased using taxpayer funds from her office.

Hina Alvi: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know.  Hina Alvi, 33, is the wife of Imran Awan, who was arrested for bank fraud while trying to leave the country for Pakistan.  He and Alvi are part of a group of IT aides being investigated for a "procurement scam."  Alvi is already in Pakistan with their children.  Here's what you need to know about Hina Alvi.  According to an affidavit that you can read below, Alvi was stopped by investigators on March 5, 2017 before she left Dulles International Airport with their three daughters, heading to Pakistan.  According to the affidavit, her children had been abruptly taken out of school without notifying the public school system.  The affidavit states that she had luggage and cardboard boxes with clothing, food, and household goods.  Customs searched her bags and found $12,400 in U.S. cash.  She and her daughters were permitted to board and have not returned to the U.S. since.

Everything about Awangate smacks of the CIA's well-known MO.  What the nation is now experiencing is a full-blown C.I.A. black operation.  The U.S. Intelligence Community knows that the purposefully planted ISI espionage cell (i.e.  Awan brothers et al.) has been outed.  These black ops are routinely executed in any country that is about to become the victim of a full-scale color revolution (now known as the ongoing Purple Revolution).  Everything about Awangate smacks of the CIA's well-known MO — contract out the most precarious espionage work to foreign intelligence agencies (e.g.  ISI) so that the C.I.A. possesses plausible deniability should the op be exposed.  Now that this critical piece of the CIA's unlawful surveillance of the US Congress has been revealed, The Company is desperate to quash an investigation any way they can.  This is why the fabricated "Russia collusion" story simply won't die, and seems to get even bigger with each bogus non-story.  Because the C.I.A. literally owns and operates every major MSM organ of propaganda, they completely control this utterly fake narrative.  However, given the CIA's flagrant criminality in spying on Congress utilizing foreign intelligence agencies, they will not — cannot — relent in pushing the many transparent falsehoods about 'Russia hacking', etc.  The Company (as the C.I.A. is known within intelligence circles) knows that it would go bankrupt in a day and night should the true back story be widely disclosed about Awangate.

Congressional Investigation Into Wasserman Schultz IT Scandal Moves Forward.  Congress is advancing an investigation into a growing scandal surrounding IT staffers working for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.), who are accused of stealing sensitive computer equipment from House lawmakers' offices, according to senior congressional sources who told the Washington Free Beacon the Democratic leader's refusal to answer questions could "merit resignation."  Congressional leaders have now requested a formal briefing by Capitol Police into its investigation of several Pakistani House IT staffers who are accused of stealing sensitive computer equipment and of illegally penetrating congressional networks.  Imran Awan, one of the staffers who worked for Wasserman Schultz and several other Democratic members of Congress, was arrested this week when trying to travel to Pakistan and charged with bank fraud after a months-long investigation that found he wired nearly $300,000 to that country.

Have You Seen The Nutty Statement Imran Awan's Lawyer Released Yesterday?  There are so many wild hairs of information emanating from the Awan Brothers case, and Imran Awan, the central figure in it, in the last day or so that it's hard to get at all of them.  But let's start with the statement by the attorney for Imran Awan, who was arrested at Dulles International Airport on Monday as he attempted to flee the country, hat was released yesterday. [...] If this reads to you almost as a Clintonian mix of hyperpartisan clownery and implausibly false contentions, that's because it is just such a mix.  Literally.  It turns out that Awan's attorney is one Chris Gowen, who's a former Bill and Hillary minion.

Awan Brothers Worked for Several California Democrats.  Imran Awan and his brother Abid worked for several dozen Democratic U.S. Representatives, including several from California, according to a recent investigative report citing congressional staff data.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz:  If anyone needs investigating, she does.  A few days ago, The New York Times announced this in a headline:  "Trump Fuels Intrigue Surrounding a Former I.T. Worker's Arrest."  Talk about turning attention.  Talk about burying the lead.  Talk about trying to paint the whole yearslong, Awan-related scandal as a tin-hat fantasy of President Donald Trump's.  It was a headline that ran after the widely reported stories of Awan's dramatic arrest, made at the airport, en route to Pakistan via Qatar, shortly after he made a curious transfer of $300,000 to a bank he could access overseas — stories that were spun by Democrats as right-wing hit jobs against a poor victimized Muslim.

Wasserman Schultz Can't Blame Racism For Her Growing IT Scandal.  Pressure is rising for Schultz to explain why it is that she kept Imran Awan on her staff for months while he was under criminal investigation for stealing equipment and improperly accessing the House computer networks.  Every other Democratic member had fired Awan soon after the Capital Police announced the probe back in February.  But Schultz didn't fire him until after he was arrested by the FBI trying to flee the country in late July.  Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., is pushing for a briefing from the Capitol Police with the House Oversight Committee, calling this "one of the all-time congressional scandals in the last 30 years."

Ethics Watchdog Files Complaint Against Wasserman Schultz.  A non-partisan ethics watchdog filed a complaint Monday with the Office of Congressional Ethics against Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in relationship with the developing House IT scandal.  The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) focused the complaint on the fact that Wasserman Schultz continued to employ and paid House IT aide Imran Awan, even while he was under criminal investigation and banned from the House computer network.

Little Ted Lieu and the Pakistani IT Scandal.  Ted Lieu — the little-known Congressman from California — is making a big name for himself with his snarky, girlish attacks on President Trump.  The snippy little pest has been beating the Russia Collusion drum for months now.  And he is happily basking in the glow of all this unearned attention in much the same way Maxine Waters has.  But Ted Lieu has a bit of a problem.  You see, little Ted Lieu is one of the Democrat Congressmen who employed the Pakistani con artists and possible spies.

IT hacker, Imran Awan, and his connections to Bill and Hillary Clinton.  Debbie Wasserman Schultz's IT specialist could very well bring down the entire fake news Russia story that Hillary Clinton and her campaign staff put together in the run up to their election defeat to Donald Trump.  This would explain why this Pakistani "hacker", who is now under arrest for bank fraud charges while attempting to flee the United States, has been curiously blessed with high powered Clinton attorneys.  The rapidly growing scandal is seeing zero airtime on mainstream media.

Liberal news outlets work overtime to hide a huge Democratic scandal.  Watching news outlets go out of their way to hide a potentially huge Democratic scandal is almost funny.  So-called journalists are too busy covering presidential tweets to report on a topic that might embarrass their friends.  Welcome to the Imran Awan-Debbie Wasserman Schultz scandal or Compugrab, as I like to call it.  Awan was the top IT aide to Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  The FBI reportedly "seized smashed computer hard drives" from his home.  He was "arrested trying to flee to Pakistan after wiring almost $300,000 to the country," according to The Daily Caller, which has owned the story because it does actual news reporting.

Imran Awan coverage betrays media bias.  A week has passed since the arrest of former House staffer Imran Awan, and the establishment media have given the event only superficial coverage.  Awan, a Pakistani immigrant, was formerly employed by more than 30 House Democrats as an IT technician.  Most members fired him following the announcement in February of an FBI probe into his potentially criminal behavior during his tenure as a Hill staffer.  However, he remained an employee of Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz's D.C. office until he was arrested last Monday while attempting to flee to Pakistan.  News of Awan's arrest first broke on Fox News the morning after he was apprehended, while CNN, NBC, and ABC took more than a day to cover the story.  Thus far, CNN's only on-air acknowledgement of the controversy surrounding Awan has been an early-morning segment running just under four minutes, in which Jake Tapper and Tom Foreman emphasized that Awan had been arrested only for bank fraud, and Foreman dismissed all other allegations against Awan as conspiracy theories.

Wasserman Schultz Aide In Pakistan Still Liquidating Assets In US.  Imran Awan, a congressional aide arrested by the FBI after wiring $300,000 to Pakistan and misrepresenting the purpose, had previously wired money to the country and was frantically liquidating multiple real estate properties on the day he was arrested, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.  Imran's real estate properties provide a source of money that could be sent directly to Pakistan when two upcoming home sales close.  Prosecutors have since filed paperwork saying they fear "the dissipation of the proceeds of the fraud and destruction of evidence in other locations."

'Collusion' Collapses:  Dem Congressional Espionage Ring Takes Center Ring.  While the press has been promoting a ridiculous and [...] backwards Russian collusion story, it has been sitting on a far bigger story:  The likelihood that the Congressional Democrats financed and enabled the largest espionage ring in U.S. history.  This story has been percolating on the internet for weeks with no mainstream media coverage.  It got a tiny, misleading smattering of coverage this week when the FBI arrested Imran Awan, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz's internet employee, for trying to flee the country after transferring almost $300,000 dollars to Pakistan.

Proliferating Scandals Make Mueller Investigation Ludicrous.  [Scandal #4] Imran Awan:  The story of the Pakistani-born IT fraudster who had access (for years) to computer data and materials of over two dozen House Democrats plus Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs committees threatens to become one of the most extraordinary scandals of our time.  If Awan is merely some low-life con cheating the U.S. government out of a few dollars (okay — four million), why are the Clintonistas so concerned they have assigned one of their key consiglieres to head his legal defense?  Why did Deborah Wasserman Schultz keep this obviously seriously corrupt individual on her payroll for months until he was finally arrested at Dulles on his way to Qatar by the FBI and the Capitol Police?  The possibilities are so many they could fill a book by themselves.  But the summa is that we have been told ad nauseum to trust our intelligence agencies.

Stand By Your Awan.  Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller reports that Debbie Wasserman Schultz seemed prepared to pay cyber-probe suspect and IT aide Imran Awan even while he was living in Pakistan, if the FBI hadn't stopped him from leaving the U.S.  This is only the latest indication of Wasserman Schultz's immense loyalty to Awan.  As we noted here, the IT scandal involving the Awan family broke in February.  It centered around the theft of the IT equipment and the "serious, potentially illegal, violations of House IT policies."  Yet, Wasserman Schultz kept Imran Awan on her payroll until last week.

Wasserman Schultz Seemingly Planned To Pay Suspect Even While He Lived In Pakistan.  Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz seemingly planned to pay cyber-probe suspect and IT aide Imran Awan even while he was living in Pakistan, if the FBI hadn't stopped him from leaving the U.S. Monday.  Public statements and congressional payroll records suggest she also appears to have known that his wife, a fellow IT staffer, left the country for good months ago — while she was also a criminal suspect.  In all, six months of actions reveal a decision to continue paying a man who seemingly could not have been providing services to her, and who a mountain of evidence suggests was a liability.  The man long had access to all of Wasserman Schultz's computer files, work emails and personal emails, and he was recently accused by a relative in court documents of wiretapping and extortion.

Why Was Wife of DWS's Swindler Staffer Allowed to Leave the Country?  The entire story merits attention and follow-up, working backwards from yesterday's arrest of Imran Awan, DWS's top IT staffer, whom she has gone to great lengths to protect despite the swirling investigation.  Awan was bagged trying to flee to Lahore, Pakistan.  According to the complaint filed in federal court in support of his arrest, Awan wired $283,000 in January from the Congressional Federal Credit Union to Faisalabad, Pakistan.  He has been charged with bank fraud in a scheme involving mortgages on various properties owned by the Awan family.  The FBI has also reportedly searched his home, seizing computer hard drives that had been smashed to pieces.  For now, I want to focus on a narrow part of the story.  In early March, as Jim details, Imran's wife, Hina Alvi, suddenly left the country for Lahore, by way of Doha, Qatar.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Pakistani IT Scammers.  The case of Imran Awan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz's mysterious Pakistani IT guy, is not about bank fraud.  Yet bank fraud was the stated charge on which Awan was arrested at Dulles Airport this week, just as he was trying to flee the United States for Pakistan, via Qatar.  That is the same route taken by Awan's wife, Hina Alvi, in March, when she suddenly fled the country, with three young daughters she yanked out of school, mega-luggage, and $12,400 in cash.  By then, the proceeds of the fraudulent $165,000 loan they'd gotten from the Congressional Federal Credit Union had been sent ahead.  It was part of a $283,000 transfer that Awan managed to wire from Capitol Hill.

How lucky can you get!  Debbie Wasserman Schultz's brother will be handling the Awan case.  That's Steven Wasserman, assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, and word has it that he will handle the case against computer guru Imran Awan, who was arrested Tuesday on bank-fraud charges at Dulles International Airport.  Awan was employed as a consultant by several congressional Democrats, only of which continued paying him after he was accused of stealing computers and data systems in February.

Steven Wasserman, Brother of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to Oversee Awan Family Investigation.  In what may be one of the most remarkable conflicts of interest that we have seen in a long time, it appears 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, who was arrested earlier this week while attempting to flee the US and charged with bank fraud.

Democrats' ex- IT guy charged with bank fraud:  Media not doing their job?  Former Congressman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's aide, Imran Awan, was arrested on Wednesday on bank fraud charges, but The Hill reporter Joe Concha says the story has been lacking coverage in the mainstream media.  "This is a story that ABC and NBC decided they weren't going to cover.  That's called the bias of omission or the sin of omission, and CNN and MSNBC same deal," Concha told FBN's Stuart Varney.  Awan, a Pakistani native, was the IT man for Schultz and was paid over four million dollars for his work.  He also had access to eight other Congressman's laptops, along with his brothers.

The Bizarre Hacking Scandal That Democrats And The Press Are Happy To Ignore.  When federal officials arrested Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's IT aide, Imran Awan, as he tried to flee for his native Pakistan, it was the latest twist to an already twisted scandal involving several House IT workers who possibly stole highly sensitive information from several Democrats.  Stranger still has been the Democrats' nonresponse to this unfolding scandal.

Imran Awan Case Needs Special Counsel 100 X More than Russiagate.  To the embarrassment, more accurately the humiliation, of Deborah Wasserman Schultz, Nancy Pelosi, not to mention dozens of Democratic congressmen and women — all of whom used Imran Awan for help with their government computers — the Pakistani-born IT specialist was arrested Tuesday by the FBI at Dulles Airport for alleged bank fraud.  He was trying to flee the country for Qatar.  (Yes, that Qatar!)  But that's just what the shrinks call "the presenting complaint."  There may be a lot more to it — a whole lot more.  At best, Awan is a fraudster who, working with his family, bilked the U.S. taxpayers out of over four million in IT fees and overpriced computer equipment.  At worst he's an agent of Pakistan's ISI in league with Al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, or even ISIS.  There are other possibilities in between that are also of a frightening nature, including (although more remote) the mysterious death of Seth Rich.

First AP Story on Arrested Dem IT Staffer Makes Schultz Look Like the Victim.  Just before noon, the Associated Press ended almost 18 hours of silence on the arrest of IT staffer Imran Awan yesterday [7/25/2017] as he was attempting to leave the country.  The report spun the news in the most favorable way it could for beleaguered Democrats, making Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz look like the victim as it headlined her spokesman's claim that she fired Awan Tuesday after learning of his arrest.  The fact is that Schultz has been involved in obstructing investigations into Awan's activities for months.

Ronna Romney McDaniel:  Debbie Wasserman Schultz Must Testify Before Congress on IT Staffer.  Ronna Romney McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), is calling on former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) to testify before Congress on her now-arrested, just-fired IT staffer.  McDaniel made the explosive demand in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News via phone on Wednesday afternoon, after news broke Tuesday night that Wasserman Schultz's IT staffer for more than a decade was caught trying to flee the country by federal law enforcement agents after wiring hundreds of thousands of dollars to Pakistan.

7 Fast Facts About Imran Awan, Wasserman Schultz's Jailed IT Vendor.  [#2] Awan was still employed by Wasserman Schultz's office until he was arrested Tuesday night:  According to Fox News reporter Chad Pergram, the former DNC head's office only terminated him after authorities moved in for the arrest as Awan tried to make his way out of the country via Dulles International Airport despite his being publicly under investigation for what appear to be embezzlement and fraud allegations.

DC Detective of Seth Rich Murder:  Follow the Awan Arrest Closely — Connect the Dots to "Other" Cases.  Wheeler was hired by Seth Rich's family back in March to help solve the murder of their son.  Wheeler spoke to Sean Hannity in May and dropped a bombshell.  According to Wheeler the D.C. police tipped off the DNC that he was hired "to snoop around."

Rep. Steve King:  Imran Awan Had Access to 'All the Communication of the Foreign Affairs Committee'.  Rep. Steve King (R-IA) talked about the ever-worsening scandal surrounding Imran Awan and his ex-employer Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Breitbart New's [sic] Whatever it Takes with Curt Schilling Wednesday [7/26/2017].  The Pakistan-born longtime congressional Democratic IT consultant was arrested by federal authorities as he tried to flee the country Tuesday, sending hundreds of thousands of dollars ahead of himself to Pakistan.  Rep. King, a staunch conservative and ally of populist nationalism, stressed that the facts are anything but clear at this stage.  The surface narrative itself was suspisious [sic] enough for King even before getting into the extensive criminal allegations against Awan and his brothers.

Dems Try The Islamophobe Card In Defense of Wasserman Schultz's Arrested IT Guy.  Crafty Democrats blame "massive Federal Islamophobia" for Rep. Debbie (aka 'Blabbermouth") Wasserman Schultz's, top IT Guy Imran Awan, who spread like a plague among her Democrat colleagues in the House, being outed by the FBI.

House Dem IT Scandal Shoes Finally Start Dropping.  If you've been reading the Friday LinkSwarms, one persistent story there is the House Democrats IT scandal.  If you haven't been paying attention, three Pakistani brothers (Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan) who managed office IT for Democratic members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers, associate Rao Abbas, and two of their wives, Hina Alvi and Natalia Sova, were accused of improperly accessing data, stealing computers, not showing up for their jobs, and various other crimes.

'Get Her iPad For Imran': Wikileaks Email Connects Nancy Pelosi to Imran Awan.  Wikileaks' Julian Assange dug up an interesting leaked email showing Debbie Wasserman Schultz's crooked former IT aide Imran Awan may be connected to Nancy Pelosi.

Will arrested Wasserman Schultz IT aide seek 'A Better Deal' with prosecutors?  All we've been hearing from the mainstream media are speculations about members of the Trump administration possibly having legal troubles, but so far the only people in DC getting busted seem to be Democrats.

The Exploding DNC IT Scandal Is As Crazy As Fiction.  In a plot Tom Clancy might have dreamed up, an IT staffer who'd worked for Democrats in Congress was arrested by federal officials and charged with bank fraud.  Fox News has reported that officers and agents from the U.S. Capitol Police, the FBI and Customs and Border Protection, were involved in the arrest of Imran Awan at Dulles International Airport not far from Washington, D.C., as he tried to fly away to Pakistan.  Awan has pleaded not guilty to bank fraud, but his strange case has all the feeling of the opening scene of a movie that might soon include political corruption and so much more.  Democrats are being understandably quiet about the hill staffer who had been employed by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) as of Tuesday morning, but has now reportedly been fired.  Politico has reported that Awan is "at the center of a criminal investigation potentially impacting dozens of lawmakers."

The Bizarre Criminal Investigation of Schultz's IT Aide.  Back in February, five House staffers were accused of "stealing equipment from members' offices without their knowledge and committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network."  A few days later, another odd twist was revealed, as at least four of the accused staffers come from the same family:  Imran Awan, his wife Hina Alvi, Abid Awan, and Jamal Awan. [...] Then it got even weirder in late May, when Wasserman Schultz had a tense exchange with the U.S. Capitol Police chief during a hearing, appearing to threaten "consequences" over the police's refusal to return equipment belonging to her that is presumably connected to this investigation. [...] Why was Wasserman Schultz so impatient to get her computer back from the Capitol Police if it's relevant to a criminal investigation?  Why did she keep Imran Awan on staff until this week?  Who's got the money now?

Cable Networks Black Out Coverage on Wasserman Schultz IT Scandal.  Major cable news networks have given no coverage to the burgeoning scandal involving IT staffers to former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis.  Reporting by the Daily Caller News Foundation has revealed that Wasserman Schultz's top information technology staffer Iman Awan was arrested Monday after trying to flee the country amidst investigations into Awan concerning banking fraud and a criminal cybersecurity probe.  Awan wired over $280,000 to Pakistan after the FBI recently recovered multiple smashed hard drives from Awan's home.

Busted Pakistani IT Staffer for the DNC Lawyers Up With... Clinton Cronies.  The scandal involving an entire family of Pakistanis who served as IT staffers for various Democrat Congress-critters keeps widening.  To recap, a trio of Pakistani brothers (Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan) who managed IT for key Democrats including the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence have been accused of improperly accessing data, bank fraud, stealing computers, not showing up for their jobs, and various other crimes.  Former DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has played a key role in covering up for the Awan family, refusing to fire Awan for months even after he was the target of multiple investigations, preventing the FBI from accessing hard-drives, and going so far as to threaten police for seizing Democrats' computers as evidence.

Wasserman Schultz's IT Aide Arrested At Airport After Transferring $300k To Pakistan From House Office.  Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's top information technology (IT) aide was arrested Monday [7/24/2017] attempting to board a flight to Pakistan after wiring $283,000 from the Congressional Federal Credit Union to that country.  He attempted to leave the country hours after The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group revealed that he is the target of an FBI investigation, and the FBI apprehended him at the airport.  Credit union officials permitted the wire to go through, and his wife has already fled the country to Pakistan, after police confronted her at the airport and found $12,000 in cash hidden in her suitcase but did not stop her from boarding, court documents show.

Wasserman Schultz Avoiding Reporters Since Awan Arrest.  Embattled Democratic Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has avoided facing any media since her law enforcement arrested her former IT staffer Imran Awan Tuesday on bank fraud charges.  Wasserman Schultz, who walked down the House Capitol steps late Wednesday afternoon [7/26/2017] following remarks she made on the floor, caught site [sic] of The Daily Caller's reporter and nervously turned around and ran back up the steps with her staffer in tow.  The Miami Herald reported Thursday night that her spokesman told a reporter Wednesday, as she walked to the floor of the House, that she would not answer questions about Awan.

Shaffer: Evidence That Wasserman Schultz Used Pakistani Imran Awan For Malevolent Activities Against Bernie Sanders.  Retired Lt.  Col. Anthony Shaffer said Thursday [7/27/2017] on Tucker Carlson Tonight that there is now evidence that then-Democratic National Chairwoman and current Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz used Imran Awan for "malevolent activities" and "manipulative things" against Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary race.  [Video clip]

Trump Fuels Intrigue Surrounding a Former I.T. Worker's Arrest.  To hear some commentators tell it, with the help of his family and a cushy job on Capitol Hill, Mr. Awan, a Pakistani-American, had managed to steal computer hardware, congressional data and even — just maybe — a trove of internal Democratic National Committee emails that eventually surfaced last summer on WikiLeaks.  It helped that the story seems to involve, if only tangentially, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman who is the former chairwoman of the committee and an ally of Hillary Clinton's.  The Daily Caller, with almost two dozen articles on the family, has led the pack in reporting the story, packaging new details that have dribbled out of the investigation into a growing web of material, even as few in the mainstream news media paid attention.  That is until Monday, [...]

Dulles Does For Debbie.  On Wednesday night [7/26/2017], Mark joined Tucker Carlson live on Fox News to discuss the arrest of Debbie Wasserman Schultz's principal IT staffer while at Dulles Airport attempting to flee the country.  As Steyn argued, this story has everything they've been looking for in the "Russia investigation" — except that it involves the wrong party.

Cracks developing in Awan Dam.  Peculiarly, Awan's primary employer, former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, kept him on her staff until just before he attempted to flee, even though he had been banned from the House network owing to corruption investigations and was unable to perform the work for which he is being paid from taxpayers funds.  Bizarrely, DWS was videotaped at a hearing openly demanding that evidence on the Capitol Police investigation be returned to her and threatening consequences for the Capitol Police, a creature controlled by Congress.  I leave it to the lawyers to argue if this constitutes obstruction of justice, but it certainly looks as though she has something to hide on that hard drive.

House Dem IT Suspects Wanted Untraceable Payments — and Sure Enough, Millions Disappeared.  A Pakistani family under criminal investigation by the U.S. Capitol Police for abusing their access to the House of Representatives information technology (IT) system may have engaged in myriad other questionable schemes besides allegedly placing "ghost employees" on the congressional payroll.  Imran Awan, his wife Hina, and brothers Abid and Jamal collectively netted more than $4 million in salary as IT administrators for House Democrats between 2009 and 2017.  Yet the absence of signs of wealth displayed among them raise questions such as was the money sent overseas or did something other than paychecks motivate their actions?

House Dems Hired A Fired McDonald's Worker As Their IT Guy.  Multiple members of Congress hired as their information technology (IT) administrator an individual whose most recent job experience was being fired from McDonald's, The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group has learned.  Spokesmen for the members won't say what their bosses knew at the time, but the hiring decisions highlight the role — witting or unwitting — the representatives played in what turned out to be an alleged multi-million-dollar IT scam in Congress with serious implications for national security.

Imran Awan Brothers Met for Several Hours with Obama.  Seems the Pakistiani IT guy who tried to flee the country after smashed hard drives were found at his house not only has ties to several Democrats on The Hill, but also to Obama.

Arrested DNC IT Staffer Owed Money to... Hezbollah Terrorists.  Congressional aides suspected of criminally misusing their access to House computer systems owed $100,000 to an Iraqi politician who is wanted by U.S. authorities and has been linked to Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Middle Eastern terrorist outfit.  Imran Awan and four of his relatives were employed as information technology (IT) aides by dozens of House Democrats, including members of the intelligence, foreign affairs and homeland security committees.  The aides' administrator-level IT access was terminated earlier this month amid a criminal probe by U.S. Capitol Police of a suspected security breach, including an off-site server housing congressional data.

Democrat IT Spy Tries To Run To Pakistan:  We Connect Some Dots For You.  Just yesterday [7/25/2017] we learned that FBI agents seized smashed computer hard drives from the home of Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's information technology (IT) administrator, according to an individual who was interviewed by Bureau investigators in the case and a high level congressional source told our friends at Zero Hedge.  Pakistani-born Imran Awan, long-time right-hand IT aide to the former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman, has since desperately tried to get the hard drives back, the individual told The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group.  The congressional source, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the probe, confirmed that the FBI has joined what Politico previously described as a Capitol Police criminal probe into "serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network" by Imran and four of his relatives, who had access to the emails and files of the more than two dozen House Democrats who employed them on a part-time basis.  Capitol Police have also seized computer equipment tied to Wasserman-Schultz.

Hill Reporter Lays Into Media on Wasserman Schultz Scandal Cover Up.  On Thursday [7/27/2017], The Hill reporter Joe Concha put the media on notice.  Speaking about the news that a staffer for Florida Congresswoman and former Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz had been arrested trying to flee the country, he blasted the liberal media for ignoring the scandal.  Speaking on FOX Business's Varney & Co., one of the few channels giving this breaking news airtime, Concha laid into mainstream media bulwarks, saying, "This is a story ABC and NBC decided they were not going to cover.  That's called the bias of omission, or the sin of omission.  CNN and MSNBC, same deal."

Wasserman Schultz Fleeing Aide is a HUGE Story, So the Liberal Press is Killing It.  The arrest of Pakistani Imran Awan as he tried to flee the country is an enormous story.  I've followed it since February, when the House of Representatives Sergeant-at-Arms banned Awan and his brothers from the House computer network.  The Awans provided IT consulting for 40 Democratic members of Congress.  They had full run of the networks, computers and files of these elected officials and their staffs.  The amount of damage they could have done (and now it seems likely, did do) is inestimable.

Imran Awan Arrest Still Being Ignored By Corrupt Media.  The media has something to hide with Imran Awan and the corrupt Democrats.  Someone with the same name wrote an article for CNN in 2014 about "Islamophobia."  There have been no responses from CNN as to whether this is the same Imran Awan who was arrested at Dulles Airport yesterday or someone else who just [by] coincidence had the exact same name.

Media Curiously Silent as FBI Seizes Smashed Hard Drives From Wasserman Schultz IT Aide's Home.  FBI agents seized smashed computer hard drives from the home of Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's information technology (IT) administrator, according to two sources with knowledge of the investigation.  Pakistani-born Imran Awan, long-time right-hand IT aide to the former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman, has since desperately tried to get the hard drives back, an individual whom FBI investigators interviewed in the case told The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group.

FBI Seized Crushed Hard Drives From Home of Debbie Wasserman Schultz' IT Aide.  Over the past few months, the story of the Awan brothers has been largely ignored by mainstream media.  However, the Pakistani-born brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan are at the center of a criminal investigation by U.S. Capital Hill Police and the FBI.  While official charges have not yet been filed, allegations of wrong doing vary from simply overcharging taxpayers for congressional IT equipment to blackmailing members of Congress with secrets captured from emails.

FBI Seized Smashed Hard Drives From Wasserman Schultz IT Aide's Home.  FBI agents seized smashed computer hard drives from the home of Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's information technology (IT) administrator, according to two sources with knowledge of the investigation.  Pakistani-born Imran Awan, long-time right-hand IT aide to the former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman, has since desperately tried to get the hard drives back, an individual whom FBI investigators interviewed in the case told The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group.  An additional source in Congress with direct knowledge of the case, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the probe, confirmed that the FBI has joined what Politico previously described as a Capitol Police criminal probe into "serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network" by Imran and three of his relatives, who had access to the emails and files of the more than two dozen House Democrats who employed them on a part-time basis.

Democrats Heard They May Have Been Hacked And Didn't Even Care.  House Democrats professing moral outrage over the hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) have remained apparently indifferent to the likely penetration of their congressional computer systems, declining to distance themselves from five Pakistani House server administrators who are the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation.  House authorities banned the five administrators from the congressional information technology (IT) network in February as part of a Capitol Police criminal investigation in what Politico described as "serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network."  Imran, Abid and Jamal Awan, Hina Alvi, Natalia Sova and Rao Abbas set up the email accounts and computer systems for dozens of members of Congress and their staffs, and they could read all emails and files on those systems.

House Dems' IT Administrator A Charming, 'Cunning' Con Artist, Associates Say.  A Pakistani-born House IT administrator suspected of misusing access to congressional files is a charming, dishonest manipulator with an unquenchable thirst for money, a dozen people who know him personally said in interviews with The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group.  Relatives said that Imran Awan had such a penchant for taking advantage of people that his stepmother called the police and accused him of extortion, while his father changed his last name so he wouldn't share it with his son.

An actual scandal you won't see on CNN.  This is an actual breach of security perpetrated by three brothers (and their family) who had unbridled access to several Congressional Democrats' computers, emails, phones and devices.  And not just any Congressional Democrats either.  These Pakistani brothers had an all-access pass to the data belonging to members of the House Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees.  The story broke in February when brothers Abid, Imran and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks after the breach was discovered.

Dem's Muslim IT Staffer Suspected of Security Breach Fled to Pakistan.  A criminal suspect in an investigation into a major security breach on the House of Representatives computer network has abruptly left the country and gone to Pakistan, where her family has significant assets and VIP-level protection, a relative and others told The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group.  Hina Alvi, her husband Imran Awan, and his brothers Abid and Jamal were highly paid shared IT administrators working for multiple House Democrats until their access to congressional IT systems was terminated Feb. 2 as a result of the investigation.  Capitol Police confirmed the investigation is ongoing, but no arrests have been reported in the case.

The Awan connection.  Poltico reported in February that five House staffers were under criminal investigation amid allegations that they stole equipment from more than 20 member offices and accessed House IT systems without lawmakers' knowledge.  The five staffers all worked for Democratic congressmen and have links to Pakistan.  The Daily Caller reported that one of the suspects has hightailed it to Pakistan.  Something is happening here.  One can only infer that some serious breach of security involving a spy ring seeking to misappropriate confidential and classified information is involved.

Arrested Dem IT staffer's attorney is Major Clinton ally.  The attorney for a prominent Democratic congressional employee at the center of a major criminal investigation has deep ties to the Clinton machine in Washington.  Attorney Chris Gowen is serving as the lawyer for Imran Awan, a Pakistani-American IT professional who was apprehended at Dulles Airport this week as he reportedly attempted to leave the country for Pakistan.  Awan has been charged with bank fraud (which the Daily Caller reports as a potential "placeholder" charge for much more serious coming charges), and the FBI has been deeply involved in the process, leading some to suspect that there may be a foreign espionage component to the investigation.

Wasserman Schultz IT Staffer Arrested at Dulles Airport Trying to Flee Country.  Former House IT staffer Imran Awan was arrested Monday night [7/24/2017] at Dulles International Airport where he was "trying to leave the country," Fox news reported Tuesday evening. [...] Imran and his Pakistani-born brothers, Abid and Jamal Awan, are currently under criminal investigation by U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI on suspicion that they accessed congressional computers without permission and stole equipment.  There is also evidence of "financial schemes that extend beyond the Capitol Police's purview and may expand to Pakistan," according to The Daily Caller.

Wasserman Schultz IT Aide Apprehended Trying to Flee Country.  This scandal is very real and shocking in its scope.  There are credible reports that Awan and his family members:
  •   ...were secretly stealing classified and other confidential information from Congressional Democrats with the intent of blackmailing them
  •   ...had installed illegal wiretaps
  •   ...had threatened to kidnap uncooperative family members
  •   ...had conducted procurement and/or bank fraud
  •   ...and had been protected by former DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who herself alleged to have obstructed justice during the initial investigation of the family by the Capitol Police.

Wasserman Schultz aide arrested trying to leave the country.  Imran Awan, a House staffer at the center of a criminal investigation potentially impacting dozens of Democratic lawmakers, has been arrested on bank fraud and is prevented from leaving the country while the charges are pending.  A senior House Democratic aide confirmed Awan was still employed by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) as of Tuesday morning.  But David Damron, a spokesman for Wasserman Schultz, later said that Awan was fired on Tuesday [7/25/2017].  Awan pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to one count of bank fraud during his arraignment in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Imran Awan is Also a Writer for CNN!  This is of course assuming this Imran Awan is the same guy arrested today.  I don't know if someone else with the same name, just coincidentally wrote the article.  We'll see if CNN has anything to say.  If they deny this is the same Imran Awan who was arrested today, then maybe it's a different person.  If they remain silent on the matter, which they have done so far, then it probably is the guy arrested at Dulles.

Wasserman Schultz Admits She Violated Security Policies, Blame Others For Doing So (Unexpectedly).  Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose office equipment U.S. Capitol Police seized in a criminal investigation into congressional network security violations, admitted she violates official information security policy and blamed the House's chief administrative officer for not stopping her.  In a May 17 appropriations hearing on Congress' administrative budget, Wasserman Shultz said she had violated the policies "for years and years and years."  She also sought to find out how much House authorities might know about her internet usage, asking "Are members monitored?"

Wasserman Schultz Admits Hill IT Security Violations, Blames House Administrators For Not Stopping Her.  Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose office equipment U.S. Capitol Police seized in a criminal investigation into congressional network security violations, admitted she violates official information security policy and blamed the House's chief administrative officer for not stopping her.  In a May 17 appropriations hearing on Congress' administrative budget, Wasserman Shultz said she had violated the policies "for years and years and years."  She also sought to find out how much House authorities might know about her internet usage, asking "Are members monitored?"  Police are investigating Wasserman Schultz's longtime information technology (IT) aide Imran Awan for theft and funneling congressional data from members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Committee on Homeland Security and Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Why is Debbie Wasserman-Shultz trying to commandeer evidence in the House IT security breach scandal?  In early February, five employees of the House of Representatives were banned from the House IT network.  The five former House employees are the subject of a criminal investigation by the Capitol Hill Police.  They are accused of stealing equipment and accessing House IT systems without lawmakers' knowledge.  The former employees were "shared" IT employees.  "Shared" means they worked for several offices, performing IT functions.  The five employees worked for over 20 members, to include members from the Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees and former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Shultz (D-Fla.). You may remember Wasserman-Shultz has had IT issues in the past when she was chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee in 2016.  The salaries of the employees should have been the first clue something was not right.

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Man Investigating Fraud Charges Against the DNC Found Dead.  A Florida federal attorney who was investigating against the DNC, specifically, Wasserman-Shultz district, was found dead on a beach with what authorities describe as "head trauma."

Criminal probe on Capitol Hill staffers remains eerie.  The criminal probe into a cadre of Capitol Hill techies who worked for dozens of Democratic lawmakers remains shrouded in mystery, months after their access to congressional IT systems was suspended.  It's still not clear whether the investigation by the Capitol Police into the five staffers, who all have links to Pakistan, involves the theft of classified information.  The staffers are accused of stealing equipment and possible breaches of the House IT network, according to Politico, which first reported on the investigation in February.

Wasserman Schultz Threatened Police Chief For Gathering Evidence On Her IT Staffer's Alleged Crimes.  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz threatened the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police with "consequences" for holding equipment that she says belongs to her in order to build a criminal case against a Pakistani staffer suspected of massive cybersecurity breaches involving funneling sensitive congressional data offsite.  The Florida lawmaker used her position on the committee that sets the police force's budget to press its chief to relinquish the piece of evidence Thursday, in what could be considered using her authority to attempt to interfere with a criminal investigation.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Obstructs Justice in Muslim Congress Hacking by Threatening Police.  Since the Dems seem to be an obstruction of justice kick, here's some actual obstruction of justice.  By the former head of their organization.  Luke Rosiak has been staying on the story of the Muslim IT staffers in Congress.  And the latest twist is nasty.

Wasserman-Schultz Threatens Capitol Police — For Doing Their Job.  Another day, another scandal for Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the disgraced congresswomen from Hollywood, Florida.  After being forced to resign from her position as DNC chair following revelations she was actively cheating Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary, you'd think she learn to just be quiet.  Not so fast friends, she has now threatened Capitol Police with "consequences" if they do not return IT equipment used by one of her staffers that is currently being probed by multiple agencies.

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