(National Sentinel) Scandal & Crime: In what has become the least-reported scandal in modern times, the Justice Department has charged two former IT workers tied to top congressional Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other party members with conspiracy, The Daily Caller — which has been tracking this story from the beginning — reported.
A federal grand jury Thursday indicted two former information technology (IT) aides of Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz — Pakistani-born Imran Awan and his wife Hina Alvi — on four counts of conspiracy in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The FBI arrested Awan at Dulles International Airport July 24 as he was preparing to board a flight to Pakistan. When his wife Alvi left the U.S. for Pakistan in March, federal authorities found more than $12,000 in cash hidden in a suitcase. She had withdrawn the couple’s three children from local schools and does not intend to return to the U.S., according to the FBI.
“Defendants AWAN and ALVI did unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly conspire, combine, confederate, and agree with each other to commit offenses against the United States,” including bank fraud, false statements, and unlawful monetary transactions, the indictment noted.
The Awans, three of their relatives and a close friend are the targets of an FBI and U.S. Capitol Police criminal investigation into allegations they committed congressional cybersecurity violations and large-scale theft of congressional property in a scheme that may have begun more than a decade ago.
The crew worked as shared IT aides for dozens of House Democrats, including many who were members of the intelligence, foreign affairs and homeland security committees. Most of the Democrats fired them when the Capitol Police investigation became public in February, and their access to the congressional IT system was terminated.
However, Wasserman Schultz kept Alvi on her payroll until March and Awan until the day after his arrest. Authorities arrested Awan on the bank fraud charges in order to take his passport and prevent his leaving the U.S. as the investigation into their Capitol Hill activities continues.
And since Democrats are involved, you know that there’s at least some connection to the Clintons:
Awan retained Chris Gowen, a longtime aide to former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to represent him shortly after his arrest. Gowen has claimed in media interviews that Alvi left the country with the children only because of lost jobs and the high cost of living in the nation’s capital. Gowen told the Associated Press that the family lives “in squalor” in Pakistan.
Wasserman-Schultz has been providing cover for these suspected criminals for a long time:
Politico reported that the Awan couple has a “friendly personal relationship” with Wasserman Schultz, who is a Florida Democrat, and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). They are also reportedly close to another Democrat, Rep. Gregory Meeks of New York.
Wasserman Schultz resigned from the DNC in July 2016 when Wikileaks released hacked committee emails. She has defended keeping Awan on her payroll even after she was aware he was suspected of, as she described it, “data transfer violations.” She claimed she had “racial and ethnic profiling concerns” and “would do it [keep Awan] again.”
And speaking of the Capitol Police investigation, some suspected Wasserman Schultz of trying to impede the department’s investigation in May, when she appeared to threaten the chief during a hearing, as we noted.
It should be noted that as one of the eight members of the Committee on Appropriations’ Legislative Branch subcommittee, Wasserman Schulz is in charge of the department’s budget — the same department now investigating her staffer, and how he managed to extract some $4 million since 2010 from various House members, ostensibly for IT services.
And though the chief tells Wasserman Schulz that the equipment is important to “an ongoing investigation,” she continues to badger him about the process involved in returning it anyway.
In the follow-up report, The Daily Caller reported further that the Florida Democrat was attempting to get back equipment in a case involving cyber-security breaches and the offloading of sensitive congressional data to off-site locations.
When the chief said he could not return the equipment yet, Wasserman Schulz issued this veiled threat: “I think you’re violating the rules when you conduct your business that way and you should expect that there will be consequences.”
The Democratic Party and its operatives have been implicated in a number of scandals over the past year, most tied to attempts to getting Hillary Clinton elected. Why they aren’t being investigated by the Trump Justice Department remains a mystery.
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