While the focus in Washington remains centered on the Mueller Russia probe, we cannot lose sight of another ongoing investigation on Capitol Hill. At the center of this developing scandal are the nefarious actions of a former Democratic congressional IT aide indicted last year on bank fraud charges, who at the time was being paid by a high-profile member of Congress although he was barred from the House computer systems.
While the case has not received a lot of mainstream media attention, the details are sordid. Not only does the case raise serious national security and obstruction of justice concerns, it also suggests a blatant cover-up on the part of the lawmakers involved.
Our story begins in the early 2000s, when an IT contractor named Imran Awan began working for a number of House members. He was later joined in this work by seven other family members who had almost little or no computer technology expertise, including his wife and two brothers. One of Awan’s brothers, at 20 years old, was earning the same amount as a member of Congress. After being fired from one office for “incompetence,” the other congressional offices continued to pay him.
In February 2016, the House Office of Inspector General revealed that $120,000 in office equipment belonging to the office of Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) went missing. At the time, Imran’s brother Abid Awan worked for Clarke in an IT capacity and was believed to be involved in the equipment’s disappearance.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) employed Imran Awan from 2005 until he was arrested on bank fraud charges while attempting to flee the United States to Pakistan on July 25, 2017. Although Awan was barred from accessing House computer systems in February of that same year and unable to perform IT work for her office, Wasserman Schultz refused to remove Awan from House payroll and continued to pay him at the same rate. She compensated Awan with taxpayer funds for several months while he was under indictment for bank fraud charges.
What makes this situation even more bizarre and troubling is that in April 2017, during the time Wasserman Schultz kept Awan employed, he left a laptop belonging to her in an abandoned public phone booth in the Rayburn House Office Building, along with “a Pakistani ID card, copies of Awan’s driver’s license and congressional ID badge, and letters to the U.S. attorney.” After this incident, Wasserman Schultz went on a public attack against the U.S. Capitol Police demanding they return her laptop, even publicly threatening Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa with “consequences” if it wasn’t returned.
Then a few months later, she denied it was her laptop, saying “I have never seen that laptop. I don’t know what’s on the laptop.” The laptop’s username was “RepDWS.”
It doesn’t pay to fight the DNC with Debbie Wasserman Schultz around. Rumors that she had something to do with Seth Rich’s death are overshadowed by three lawyers suspicious death in Florida where suit against the DNC was digging dirt on schultz:
FEARING FOR HIS LIFE AS COLLEAGUES AND ATTORNEYS DROP DEAD AROUND HIM, DNC FRAUD LAWSUIT ATTORNEY SEEKS PROTECTION ORDER FROM COURT, CITING DEAD LAWYERS, SETH RICH’S UNSOLVED MURDER AND SHAWN LUCAS’ UNTIMELY DEATH.
Three high profile attorneys have been found dead in Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Florida district in the last two weeks, prompting the plaintiff in the massive DNC fraud lawsuit being held in Florida to request protection from the court for the plaintiffs, their witnesses and their families.
While the DNC fraud lawsuit has been hit with a mainstream media blackout, the case continues to unravel the corruption at the heart of the Democratic National Committee, and with the discovery phase still to come, the skeletons in the DNC’s closet have never been closer to receiving a disinfecting dose of sunlight.
Jared Beck, attorney for the plaintiffs in the DNC fraud lawsuit taking place in Miami, uploaded a video Tuesday in which he thanked supporters for offering their “concerns, prayers and support” in the wake of recent disturbing murders.
“After much consideration and deliberation we have decided it is time to bring these concerns to the court’s attention. Today we filed a motion to judge William Zloch, to issue an order providing for the protection of the plaintiffs and their families, as well as all potential witnesses in the DNC fraud lawsuit.”
“In support of this motion we have cited the following events: the untimely death of our process server, Shawn Lucas; the unsolved murder of DNC employee, Seth Rich. We believe Mr Rich might have been a potential witness in this case. We have also cited the recent untimely death of federal prosecutor Beranton Whisenant in South Florida. Also recent bizarre and disturbing conduct, including threats, that has been directed at plaintiffs, their counsel, and employees. And we have also cited an offer to provide security by the Oathkeepers, and its president Stuart Rose.“
Why the Democrats want to bury the Awan story:
Bedford said on Fox Business’ “Mornings With Maria.” “Now we actually have people who are implicating a chief of staff for a congresswoman, Yvette Clarke. Chief of staff Shelley Davis.”
Bedford said Davis was implicated by Clarke’s deputy chief of staff Wendy Anderson, who suspected Davis was working with Abid Awan to steal equipment and information from Congress.
“[Anderson] had walked in around December 2015 in the office and she’d found Awan with iPads, iPods, little music players. All this different computer equipment spread around the desk of the Congresswoman’s office. She ordered him out and after a little while told investigators that she thought that he was ordering equipment which came from about 10 percent of the Congresswoman’s budget, to sell with the Chief of staff.”
Clarke didn’t take action against Awan and tried to write off the stolen equipment as missing.
“She wrote off about one-tenth of her budget as missing equipment that seemed like it must have been lost and did not end up firing Awan until Congressional investigators said, ‘Hold on a second. Why is 10 percent of your budget gone on missing equipment? This seems like there could be a procurement fraud,” Bedford continued.
“If there’s actually a ring of people, a chief of staff who are stealing — involved in a thing like this, then Congressmen aren’t going to want that dirty laundry aired,” he concluded. “This would implicate potentially dozens and dozens of Democrats.”
h/t Natura Naturans