NEW: It appears ex-Dem IT aide Imran Awan and his wife Hina Alvi have struck a deal with prosecutors: court filing says a plea agreement hearing has been set for July 3.
— Alex Pappas (@AlexPappas) June 5, 2018
.@replouiegohmert just said on the House floor that the FBI is ordering witnesses NOT to give it evidence in the Awan case, so it can say that there's no evidence anything occurred. Must-watch speech https://t.co/rWe93uJfNq
— Luke Rosiak (@lukerosiak) June 6, 2018
Here's a direct clip of the speech: https://t.co/qDltsXV5Ki
'We need someone assigned to the Awan case that will protect Congress from further breaches and from the Awan crime family… for heavens sake, we need someone in the FBI to step up and do their job'
— Luke Rosiak (@lukerosiak) June 6, 2018
Unholy shit! The DNC doesn’t trust you with guns but they trust Pakistanis to handle their servers.
Why is it democrats and their operatives get to make behind the scenes “deals” in these things that are then swept under the rug?
Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) intervened in a Pakistani land dispute on behalf of her then-IT aide, Imran Awan, before pressuring House officials to kill an investigation into his hacking of House servers, according to a new Daily Caller report.
Awan, who worked as an IT aide for roughly two-thirds of House Democrats, was found to have gained “unauthorized access” to House servers in July 2016. The finding came just three days after Wikileaks released the first batch of hacked Democratic National Committee emails, at a time when Wasserman Schultz led the DNC.
Unlike most of her Democratic colleagues, who promptly fired Awan upon learning of the investigation, Wasserman Schultz became “frantic, not normal” and began “making the rounds” to pressure House officials to kill the probe, according to the Caller‘s sources. She reportedly attacked House chief administrative officer Phil Kiko, calling him a “f***ing Islamophobe.”
Chief Administrative Officer Kiko denied that the conversation with Debbie Wasserman Schultz described to the Daily Caller ever took place in a statement provided National Review.
Wasserman Schultz reportedly enjoyed a close relationship with Awan. The Caller‘s House sources claimed she had told Kiko she invited the entire Awan family to her daughter’s Bat Mitzvah, and that she “helped [Awan] with a land deal.”
Awan’s father was suddenly spared from criminal corruption charges he was facing in connection with that land deal, after political pressure led police to target his accusers instead, according to a 2009 article in a local Pakistani publication, titled “Influential expat shields father from long arm of law.”
In defending her refusal to fire Awan for months after his wrongdoing was exposed, Wasserman Schultz claimed her “office was provided no evidence to indicate that laws had been broken, which over time, raised troubling concerns about due process, fair treatment and potential ethnic and religious profiling.”
Despite the congresswoman’s claim, a source told the Caller that House investigators briefed her extensively on the evidence implicating Awan, and members of his family who also worked for House Democrats, in funneling data off of House servers…
It was last summer when Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s former IT aide, Imran Awan, was arrested at Dulles International Airport before he could leave the country. Just days earlier, the Daily Caller had reported that the FBI had seized smashed hard drives from Awan’s home.
Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, were indicted on four counts last August, including bank fraud and making false statements, but now it looks like they’ve reached a plea deal.
This is the 7th time the court hearing has been postponed since November last year. Awan and his wife Hina Alvi have been charged with bank fraud.
Many of the delays appear to be related to a laptop that Awan left in a decommissioned phone booth in a House building in April last year.
The laptop, which has the username “RepDWS,” was accompanied by several copies of ID-cards belonging to Awan and a letter he wrote to prosecutors.