No “conflict of interest” going on up in there, eh?
Andrew McCarthy @ NRO: Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Pakistani IT Scammers
Reeks of 'one hit wonders'.
— Maggie (@drillanwr) July 29, 2017
Asking no more questions, the credit union wired the money . . . to Pakistan. As you let all that sink in, consider this: Awan and his family cabal of fraudsters had access for years to the e-mails and other electronic files of members of the House’s Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees. It turns out they were accessing members’ computers without their knowledge, transferring files to remote servers, and stealing computer equipment — including hard drives that Awan & Co. smashed to bits of bytes before making tracks. . . .
Why were they paid so much for doing so little? Intriguing as it is, that’s a side issue. A more pressing question is: Why were they given access to highly sensitive government information? Ordinarily, that requires a security clearance, awarded only after a background check that peruses ties to foreign countries, associations with unsavory characters, and vulnerability to blackmail. These characters could not possibly have qualified. Never mind access; it’s hard to fathom how they retained their jobs.
The Daily Caller has also discovered that the family, which controlled several properties, was involved in various suspicious mortgage transfers. Abid Awan, while working “full-time” in Congress, ran a curious auto-retail business called “Cars International A” (yes, CIA), through which he was accused of stealing money and merchandise. In 2012, he discharged debts in bankruptcy (while scheming to keep his real-estate holdings). Congressional Democrats hired Abid despite his drunk-driving conviction a month before he started at the House, and they retained him despite his public-drunkenness arrest a month after. Beyond that, he and Imran both committed sundry vehicular offenses. In civil lawsuits, they are accused of life-insurance fraud.
Democrats now say that any access to sensitive information was “unauthorized.” But how hard could it have been to get “unauthorized” access when House Intelligence Committee Dems wanted their staffers to have unbounded access? In 2016, they wrote a letter to an appropriations subcommittee seeking funding so their staffers could obtain “Top Secret — Sensitive Compartmented Information” clearances. TS/SCI is the highest-level security classification. Awan family members were working for a number of the letter’s signatories. Democratic members, of course, would not make such a request without coordination with leadership. Did I mention that the ranking member on the appropriations subcommittee to whom the letter was addressed was Debbie Wasserman Schultz?
And this too…
Kimberley A. Strassel @ WSJ (pay-side): Who Paid for the ‘Trump Dossier’? Democrats don’t want you to find out—and that ought to be a scandal of its own.
It has been 10 days since Democrats received the glorious news that Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley would require Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort to explain their meeting with Russian operators at Trump Tower last year. The left was salivating at the prospect of watching two Trump insiders being grilled about Russian “collusion” under the klieg lights.
Yet Democrats now have meekly and noiselessly retreated, agreeing to let both men speak to the committee in private. Why would they so suddenly be willing to let go of this moment of political opportunity?
Fusion GPS. That’s the oppo-research outfit behind the infamous and discredited “Trump dossier,” ginned up by a former British spook. Fusion co-founder Glenn Simpson also was supposed to testify at the Grassley hearing, where he might have been asked in public to reveal who hired him to put together the hit job on Mr. Trump, which was based largely on anonymous Russian sources. Turns out Democrats are willing to give up just about anything—including their Manafort moment—to protect Mr. Simpson from having to answer that question.
WSJ sampling via Glenn Reynolds @ Instapundit who adds:
Make him talk. Under oath. “What if, all this time, Washington and the media have had the Russia collusion story backward? What if it wasn’t the Trump campaign playing footsie with the Vladimir Putin regime, but Democrats? The more we learn about Fusion, the more this seems a possibility.”
Weird how, since the connection to Democratic dirty-tricks firm Fusion GPS came up, the press stopped talking about the Russia “collusion” story overnight.
You should, by now, note how when there is a massive mountain of concrete evidence against Hillary Clinton, The Clinton Foundation (and Bill), and now Wasserman-Schultz the MSM not only ignores the stories, but intentionally buries them from the public. “Watchdog news media” my ass.
And more “‘there’ there”…
This tidbit from the comments:
Jesus M. Fernandez · Realtor Associate at Morris Williams Realty
The Awan family, managed the computer systems of 80 House Democrats, but you will only read this here in this comment. Since 2005, the Awans managed to get paid between 4-5 million dollars for their work, which many America firms could have done for far less. The liberal media has avoided reporting many facts surrounding this case, giving cover to Democrats, since last March, when the story first broke and reported by conservative news sources. When this investigation is over, it will be the biggest political scandal in our country’s history. Sincere Democrat voters have been scammed by their corrupt leadership and the mainstream media for far too long. The gig is over for Democrats!
McDaniel, speaking in an phone call with IJR, says the entire charade “reads like a spy novel.”
“He took a hammer to a hard drive, wired $300,000 to Pakistan and then tried to flee the country?” McDaniel said, exacerbated, wondering aloud why Democrats are silent on Awan, ”[Democrats] ring the bells whenever they want Republicans investigated. Here is a national security threat actually worth investigating.”
The chairwoman told IJR that Schultz had “obstructed” and was not cooperating with the authorities attempting to investigate her former staffer.
However, McDaniel reserved her harshest criticism for the media.
The Awan story has received minimal media play, clocking in just 37 seconds of network broadcast airtime and lagging pickup in print or online outlets.
McDaniel says the lack of coverage demonstrates a double standard in the media landscape, noting the “ad nauseam” coverage of the FBI’s special counsel probe into potential Trump-Russia connections.
“This shows why the public has such a low opinion of the media,” McDaniel laments. “If this were a Republican staffer smashing servers and fleeing the country, this would be an all day, 24/7 news story. It just does not fit their narrative right now, so it gets no coverage.”
She adds that had this been a Republican staffer, “they would not be on my staff any longer and I would not keep them on taxpayer-funded salary till they try and flee the country.”
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) July 29, 2017