• The Democrats' IT scandal just got even more bizarre

    From Sara Jacobs Is A Communist Prostitu@21:1/5 to All on Fri May 4 12:04:28 2018
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    Perhaps you’ve lost track of the Democrats slowly exploding IT
    scandal, as much of the media is doing all it can to simply
    ignore it away.

    I’m referring to the strange case of Imran Awan, the IT aide
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., kept on her congressional
    payroll even after it became known he and his wife, Hina Alvi
    Awan, were being investigated by the Capitol Police for possible
    theft, fraud, moving terabytes of data off Congress’s system and

    Imran Awan was back in court last week. When pushed, Assistant
    U.S. Attorney Michael Mirando revealed some telling things about
    this case.

    First, I should note that it was standing room only in the
    packed courtroom at the U.S. District Court for the District of
    Columbia Friday morning ... okay, just kidding, actually, only a
    few reporters sat in the mostly empty wooden benches in the back
    of the courtroom. Anyone who didn’t know this was the latest
    scene in a slowly exploding political scandal would have thought
    this was only a forgettable bank fraud case.

    The deeper you dig the more it becomes clear this case is about
    much more than bank fraud.

    Awan’s attorney, Chris Gowen, even told me: “This case is hardly

    But before the show started, Imran’s wife, Hina Alvi Awan,
    entered the courtroom. She had flown away to Pakistan with their
    children soon after the investigation became known.

    Was she back as part of a plea deal?

    While Hina Alvi was gone, on August 17, 2017, a federal grand
    jury indicted her and Awan on four counts, including conspiracy
    and conspiring to obtain home equity loans for $165,000 and
    $120,000 from the Wright Patman Congressional Federal Credit
    Union and then transferring the money to Pakistan. (Read the
    FBI’s criminal affidavit on the bank fraud here and you’ll see
    why the government thinks it has a strong case.)

    Imran Awan is considered such a flight risk that his passport
    was taken, he was given a curfew and was fitted with a tracking

    Meanwhile, Hina Alvi’s passport was also publicly taken during
    the court hearing, but she was officially listed as a “walk in,”
    a tracking device wasn’t attached to her ankle and the
    government had asked the court to quash an outstanding warrant
    for her arrest.

    Now came the revelations. Gowen, Imran’s attorney, asked that
    Imran’s travel restrictions be removed.

    This prompted Assistant U.S. Attorney Mirando to say that when
    Imran was arrested at Dulles International Airport a cellphone
    found on him “had been wiped clean just a few hours before.”

    Gowen tried to counter this by saying, “Awan had recently bought
    the phone, so of course it didn’t have any data on it.”

    But Mirando was ready. He said the FBI found that the phone had
    been wiped as clean as Hillary’s server. A time stamp on the
    iPhone indicated it had been wiped at 6:30 p.m. that evening.
    Also, Imran did have a laptop on him, but one of the few things
    on it was a resume. Mirando used this and other details—such as
    the Awans quickly selling many of their Virginia properties—to
    explain that Imran had no intention of returning.

    In another twist, Gowen brought up a computer that Rep. Debbie
    Wasserman Schultz wants back so badly she actually threatened
    the chief of the Capitol Police in a public hearing with
    “consequences” if she didn’t get it back.

    Gowen argued that the computer and documents seized in a bag
    left in a public area of a congressional building around
    midnight on April 6, 2017, are “protected by attorney-client
    privilege.” Gowen hopes to remove this evidence from future
    court proceedings.

    Gowen, however, didn’t answer what Imran was doing in the
    Longworth congressional building late at night and long after
    he’d been fired by every Democrat aside from Rep. Wasserman
    Schultz (Wasserman Schultz’s office isn’t in Longworth).

    The deeper you dig the more it becomes clear this case is about
    much more than bank fraud. Capitol Police are investigating
    possible theft of congressional computer equipment, massive
    amounts of data moved off the congressional system, alleged fake
    computer data created to throw investigators off the trail, and
    data mined by the Awans that could include emails from many
    members of Congress and more.

    Rep. Wasserman Schultz, who lost her post at the DNC when
    WikiLeaks published emails showing that under her leadership the
    DNC worked to sabotage Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign,
    might be exposed to even more revelations.

    Meanwhile, Congress has been asked to open an ethics
    investigation to answer why Rep. Wasserman Schultz kept Imran on
    her payroll even after the Capitol Police investigation became

    So does this sound like a small bank fraud story to you or is it
    more likely that a lot more is going on here?

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/10/10/democrats-it-scandal- just-got-even-more-bizarre.html

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