Imran Awan Had Access to Email of Every Member of Congress — Sold Secrets to Foreign Agents
“Imran Awan worked for Debbie Wasserman Schultz for thirteen years since she came into office in 2004 as a Florida representative. She only fired him this past week and would have kept paying her “IT expert” even when he was living in Pakistan.
Three Pakistani brothers who managed the IT affairs for several Democratic government officials were relieved of their duties in February on suspicion that they accessed specific computer networks without permission, also known as hacking.
Imran Awan, who started working for Wasserman Schultz in 2005, received $164,600 in 2016, with close to $20,000 of that coming from Wasserman Schultz.
His brother Jamal, who started working as a staffer in 2014, was paid $157,350.12 in 2016. Abid, who started working in 2005, was paid $160,943 in 2016.
Imran’s wife, Hina Alvi, who was employed as a staffer since February 2007, was paid 168,300 in 2016. Rao Abbas was paid $85,049 in 2016.
Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives in February.
Most of the House Members fired the Awans subsequently. Only Debbie Wasserman Schultz kept Imran Awan on the pay roll up to the day he got arrest for bank fraud after trying to flee the country.
The rest of the family fled to Pakistan and brought with them tens of thousands of tax-payer money with them.
Democrats were willing or unwillingly compromised by the Awans and sensitive information leaked to foreign Enemies
On Monday Judge Napolitano dropped this bomb on the Imran Awan investigation. Judge Nap says Awan was selling US secrets to foreign agents.
Judge Napolitano: He was arrested for some financial crime. That’s the tip of the iceberg. The real crime against him was that he had contact, he had access to emails of every member of Congress and he sold what he found in there. What did he sell and to whom did he sell it. That’s what the FBI wants to know. This may be a very, very serious national security investigation.”
Late-Night Comedy Writers Frustrated They Aren’t Persuading Voters to Hate Trump
“Late-night comedy writers are reportedly frustrated that their unoriginal, stale, tired, and unfunny criticisms of President Donald Trump are not persuading Americans to hate him.
At a Beverly Hills “Has Politics Made Late-Night Great Again?” panel, a writer for Full Frontal with Samantha Beewhined that there just may not be a way for late-night comics to reach “the other side,” acknowledging the industry’s left-wing bias.
According to Variety, panelists “included Ashley Nicole Black, a writer for ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,’ Christine Nangle, head writer for ‘The President Show,’ Hallie Haglund, writer for ‘The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,’ and Jason Reich, head writer for ‘The Jim Jefferies Show.’”
“I truly do not know if there’s a way to reach the other side,” Black reportedly said. “Not in terms of content but in terms of straight eyeballs. People only watch certain channels and read certain outlets. We’re not going to put a ‘Full Frontal’ commercial on Fox. The real problem in our country is people in our country, their media diets are so separated.”
Reich reportedly wondered how much they were “preaching to the choir.”
“We’re not really going to convert anyone but we’re trying to point things out that people may have missed,” he said, adding that he found Trump’s presidency “exhausting.” He said it was not fun keeping up with the never-ending news cycle.
Nangle, apparently without any sense of irony and self-awareness of her industry, said Trump is “unearthing part of our country that people didn’t know existed” because “there’s so much more hate and resentment than we possibly could have imagined … This man didn’t come out of nowhere.”
As Breitbart News’ Jerome Hudson has documented, Hollywood celebrities have been some of the most vile and unhinged during Trump’s presidency, with many envisioning violence (including murder) against Trump.
According to Variety, “‘I don’t want this job’ was the general feeling among the writers” on the panel who were apparently exhausted that their oh-so-clever writing is failing to win over Trump’s supporters.”
Seth Rich Attended Party with Numerous DC IT Workers the Night He Was Murdered
“On July 10, 2016, 27 year-old Democratic staffer Seth Conrad Rich was murdered in Washington DC about a block from his apartment. The killer or killers took nothing from their victim, leaving behind his wallet, watch and phone.
Via Wikipedia: Earlier that night he had been at Lou’s City Bar, a sports pub 1.8 miles from his apartment, in Columbia Heights, where he was a regular customer. He left when the bar was closing, at about 1:30 or 1:45 a.m. Police were alerted to gunfire at 4:20 a.m. by an automated gunfire locator. Within approximately one minute after the gun shots, police officers found Rich with multiple gunshot wounds, in a conscious and breathing state. He was transported to a nearby hospital, where he later died. According to police, he died from two shots to the back… Rich’s mother told NBC’s Washington affiliateWRC-TV, “There had been a struggle. His hands were bruised, his knees are bruised, his face is bruised, and yet he had two shots to his back, and yet they never took anything… They didn’t finish robbing him, they just took his life.”
Shortly after the killing, Redditors and social media users were pursuing a “lead” saying that Rich was en route to the FBI the morning of his murder, apparently intending to speak to special agents about an “ongoing court case” possibly involving the Clinton family.
Seth Rich reportedly attended a party with Washington DC IT workers the night of his death.
World Net Daily reported:
During the course of his investigation of Rich’s mysterious murder, Wheeler claims, he learned something peculiar that he hadn’t heard before: Rich attended a party with numerous IT workers the night he was killed. After the party, Rich went to Lou’s City Bar, the last known location where he was seen before his murder.
Wheeler said he was determined to learn more about the IT party and who was in attendance, but all his questions have gone unanswered.
“Seth attended that party, and I wanted to know who else was at that party. But I could never find out,” Wheeler said. “When I went back to ask other people who should have known who was at that party – these were people who were close to Seth – they told me, ‘You don’t need to know who was at that party because it had nothing to do with his death.’”
Uncovering more details about the attendees of the party is essential in the Rich homicide investigation, Wheeler contends.
“He was at the party before he went to the bar. What you do in a murder investigation is you work backward. You want to trace the victim’s steps as far back as you can – who was that person around the day before? – as far back as you can,” he said. “What was interesting is when I am told as an investigator that I don’t need to talk to people who were at the party. It makes you wonder why.”
‘So Many Questions’: Opponent Calls Out Wasserman Schultz Over Arrest Of IT Aide Trying to Flee for Pakistan
|| Daily Caller
Former Democratic Party Chairman is on the Hot Seat for Potential Foreign Spying Scandal
“The woman running to unseat Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz ripped the Florida Democrat for refusing to answer questions about her top information technology (IT) aide, who was arrested at the airport Monday while attempting to board a flight to Pakistan.
Carla Spalding, the Republican candidate for Florida’s 23rd Congressional District, said Wednesday that there are “so many questions” that remain unanswered about IT staffer Imran Awan, including his access to sensitive or classified information and the nature of his overseas financial transactions.
“If there was a security breach of Congress by Congresswoman Wasserman-Schultz’s aide, then anyone involved in or having knowledge of the crime must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” Spalding said in a statement. “I trust our law enforcement agents will conduct a thorough investigation and get to the bottom of this. In the meantime, I call on Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to step out of the shadows and come clean about what she knows.”
The Pakistani-born Awan has worked for Wasserman Schultz since 2005. As The Daily Caller News Foundation has extensively reported, Awan and three of his relatives were on the payrolls of several House Democrats at inflated salaries, collecting at least $4 million in taxpayer-funded payments since 2009.
Awan had access to all emails and files of dozens of members of Congress, as well as the login credentials to the iPad that Wasserman Schultz used for Democratic National Committee business until she resigned as its head in July 2016, TheDCNF discovered in an investigation.
House authorities told members in February that Awan and his relatives were suspects in a criminal investigation into theft and IT abuses. However, Wasserman Schultz refused to fire him, despite knowing that he was a criminal suspect in a cyber security investigation, and has blocked Capitol Police from searching a laptop they seized because it was tied to the IT staffer.
TheDCNF reported Sunday night that the FBI has joined the Capitol Police investigation and seized smashed hard drives from Awan’s home. Federal agents arrested Awan on Monday at Dulles Airport after discovering that he had purchased a plane ticket to Pakistan and initiated a wire transfer of nearly $300,000 to two individuals in that country, according to a criminal complaint.”
Question: Why would Debbie Wasserman-Schultz continue to pay Awan after she knew of the Capitol Hill Police investigation launched in February? Why would anyone continue to pay someone if they were no longer working for them and under investigation. Was she being blackmailed for futher payments or incriminating information on her, Hillary and the DNC would be leaked? Why the payments? / CJ
Wasserman Schultz Aide Arrested Allegedly Trying To Flee The Country After Fraud Charge
“Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), the former Democratic National Committee chairwoman, has been under intense criticism over her retention of Imran Awan as a technology aide. While other members severed connections to Awan after he was accused of wrongdoing months ago, Wasserman Schultz retained him. He has now been arrested at Dulles International Airport in an alleged attempt to flee the country.
Awan is an IT staffer accused of a scheme to double-charge the House for IT equipment. He and his family have made millions of dollars on the House payroll working for Democratic members, according to a Politico report.
Today Wasserman Schultz fired him. However, her refusal to terminate the association seemed curious to many, particularly since he was barred from accessing the House’s computer system since February. In the meantime, the Capitol Police and federal authorities were finding evidence of double billing for computers, iPads, monitors, keyboards and routers. Wasserman Schultz has also been accused of not cooperating with investigators and there are ongoing negotiations over access to her computer. After months of investigation, Wasserman Schultz is still in negotiation over access to her laptop.
Wasserman Schultz appears to be cursed in dealing with computer related issues. She resigned as Chair of the Democratic National Committee after hacked emails revealed that she was actively undermining Bernie Sanders in pushing the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. Despite the fact that the emails directly contradicted her statements to the public and the media (and she was one of the chief architects of the disaster in nominating Hillary Clinton), her constituents returned her to Congress.
Awan, 37, of Virginia, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to one count of bank fraud during his arraignment in federal court in Washington, D.C. He was mandated to wear a GPS monitor and submit to a monitoring plan with a curfew. He was also ordered to surrender all his passports.
Meanwhile, the counsel for Wasserman Schultz, the former Democratic National Committee chairwoman, recently began negotiating with Capitol Police for access to her laptop in the case. Until this point, she had resisted USCP efforts to look at her computer – even suggesting “consequences” for the agency if the computer was not promptly returned.
The criminal complaint and affidavit states that Awan bought a ticket to fly Monday to Doha, Qatar, and then Lahore, Pakistan. Awan is of Pakistani descent. He had a return flight booked for early January.”
President Donald Trump Announces New Military Transgender Policy
|| PJ Media
“Early Wednesday morning President Trump announced a new policy banning transgender people from serving in the military.
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump tweeted. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and distruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”
his policy is a fantastic rejection of the military policy under President Barack Obama, who repealed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy about homosexual service members. Under Obama, the military arguably became a “progressive” social experiment.
Obama also decided to let transgender soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines serve openly. RAND Corp., which helped the Defense Department study the issue, estimated there are 2,500 transgender service members currently on active duty and 1,500 in the reserves.
In June, Defense Secretary James Mattis approved a recommendation by the service chiefs to delay the acceptance of transgender applicants into the military until Jan. 1, 2018.
Trump’s action also followed a Congressional move this month to preserve gender reassignment treatment for transgender people. On July 14, 24 Republicans joined House Democrats to block an amendment that would have eliminated transgender services to members of the military.
Perhaps the most notorious example of transgender soldiers is former intelligence analyst Brad Manning, who goes by “Chelsea.” Manning was convicted for espionage, and came out as transgender while in prison. Trump tweeted that she was a “TRAITOR,” but Obama commuted Manning’s sentence in the final days of his term.
rump will face a great deal of criticism for this decision, but he deserves praise for putting the military’s capacity to achieve victory ahead of “progressive” social programs.
The move may seem a bit of a surprise from Trump, who sided with transgender people on the bathroom issue last year. While he has signed an executive order championing religious freedom, Trump has proven a moderate on social issues, reportedly influenced in the other direction by his daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner.
Expect angry LGBT advocates, happy social conservatives, and a robust debate going forward.”
Combat Veteran: War Is No Place For The Gender Confused
|| Daily Caller
“Combat veteran J.R. Salzman said Wednesday morning in the wake of President Donald Trump’s military transgender ban that a war theater is no place for the gender confused.
In a tweet series, Salzman recounted his experiences in Iraq in 2006, when he was stationed at an isolated firebase in the blazing heat and experienced constant stress from the intense nature of his job.
“Everyday was Groundhog Day,” Salzman tweeted. “Wake up and do the same patrols, the same shifts, every single day. It was so damn hot. 150° in the gun trucks.”
“The stress of being out there and doing the same job every single day eats away at you,” Salzman said. “The younger guys had problems with that overtime.”
“After stepping on each other’s nuts living in the same can for five months, guys were at each other’s throats,” Salzman added. “The stress made it worse.”
For Salzman, the intensity of the war theater is so great that many of the men who were not even suffering from mental issues often snapped, particularly the younger troops. Due to servicemembers being in such close quarters with each other, “any tiny little personal issue they had suddenly became a mountain.” Salzman further pointed out that introducing servicemembers to the team who are “mentally, emotionally, or physically confused or in turmoil” will inevitably lead to people getting killed.
Transgenders in that environment are a “ticking time bomb.”
“Political correctness has absolutely no place in the military,” he said.
Trump announced Wednesday that he would not “accept or allow” transgenders serving openly in the military, citing medical costs and general disruption. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday afternoon that the details of the ban still need to be worked out between the White House and Pentagon, with the Pentagon taking a leading role. She also noted that after Trump made his decision on the ban Tuesday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and other members of Trump’s national security team were immediately informed. However, many other Pentagon officials were left totally in the dark until Trump delivered the news on Wednesday morning.”
What did service members think of the Obama-era transgender military policy?
|| Washington Examiner
“Debate is raging on social media about President Trump’s decision on Wednesday to reverse an Obama-era policy and ban transgender individuals from serving openly in the military, but how did service members perceive the policy in the first place?
A Military Times/Institute for Veterans and Military Families poll of 1,664 active-duty troops conducted on a voluntary and confidential basis as President Barack Obama’s term was coming to an end last December found significantly more respondents believed it to be hurtful than helpful.
More specifically, when asked how the policy allowing transgender individuals to serve openly “affected military readiness,” 41 percent said it “hurt” while 12 just percent said it “helped.”
Then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the change to allow transgender soldiers last summer, roughly six months before the poll was taken, saying in a Defense Department press release, “This is the right thing to do for our people and for the force.”
WASSERMAN-SCHULTZ IT AIDE ARRESTED AT DULLES AIRPORT WHILE ATTEMPTING TO FLEE COUNTRY
“Just a day after reports emerged that the FBI had seized a number of “smashed hard drives” and other computer equipment from the residence Imran Awan, the former IT aide of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, we learn that Awan has been captured at the Dulles airport while attempted to flee the country. According to Fox News, Awan has been charged with bank fraud.
For those who have managed to avoid this story, which wouldn’t be difficult given that the mainstream media has made every attempt to ignore it, the Pakistani-born brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan are at the center of a criminal investigation by U.S. Capital Hill Police and the FBI. Up until now, allegations of wrong doing have varied from simply overcharging taxpayers for congressional IT equipment to blackmailing members of Congress with secrets captured from the emails of their Democrat employers.”
Awan Brothers: Wasserman Schultz’s IT Aide Arrested Trying To Flee The Country
|| True Pundit
“Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s right-hand information technology (IT) aide was arrested attempting to leave the country just a few hours after The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group revealed that he is the target of an FBI investigation.
The employees had wired $283,000 from a House office building to two individuals in Pakistan, and carried $12,000 in cash on him at the airport.
“On January 18, 2017 at 12:09 pm, an international wire transfer request form was submitted [at the Congressional Federal Credit Union] at the Longworth House Office Building in the District of Columbia, in the amount of $283,000.00, to two individuals in Faisalabad, Pakistan,” according to a 10-page affidavit obtained by TheDCNF.
Imran Awan, a Pakistani-born IT aide, had access to all emails and files of dozens of members of Congress, as well as the password to the iPad that Wasserman Schultz used for Democratic National Committee business before she resigned as its head in July 2016. He was apprehended while attempting to flee the U.S., Fox News first reported.
Soon after Imran began working for Wasserman Schultz in 2005, four of his relatives appeared on the payroll of other Democrats — many from Wasserman Schultz’s home state of Florida — at inflated salaries, but Democratic staffers said they were rarely seen at work. They collected $4 million in total.
House authorities told members in February that Awan and his relatives were suspects in a criminal investigation into theft and IT abuses, and they were banned from the Capitol network.
Wasserman Schultz has refused to fire Awan, despite being a known criminal suspect in a cybersecurity probe for months, and has blocked Capitol Police from searching a laptop they confiscated because it was tied to Awan.
TheDCNF reported Sunday night that the FBI had joined the investigation and seized smashed hard drives from Awan’s home. The next day, the FBI apprehended him at Dulles Airport after noticing that he had purchased a ticket to Pakistan, routed through Qutar.
The affidavit says he was charged with bank fraud due to a mortgage scheme, which was one of several financial schemes TheDCNF has detailed. It appears to be a placeholder for future charges, spurred because of the attempt to leave the country, and does not mention his work for Congress, which is the investigation’s primary focus.
As TheDCNF has reported, the Awans own numerous rental properties that often have multiple mortgages taken out on them, and they have told renters they want payments in untraceable ways. The charging documents say Imran’s wife Hina Alvi, who also made $165,000 working for House Democrats, took out a second mortgage against a house from the Congressional Federal Credit Union by falsely claiming it was her “principal residence” and that she will “occupy” the property, and also fraudulently reported no rental income on her taxes.
A renter told the FBI “they paid approximately $2,000 per month for rent and that the rent check was written to Suriaya Begum. Based on information and belief, I know that Begum is Alvia’s mother,” an FBI agent wrote.
The agent also said Imran appears to have applied for the loan in his wife’s name.
Democratic members of Congress, including Rep. Gregory Meeks of New York, have suggested that police had framed the Pakistani-born brothers out of Islamophobia. Yet his own stepmother, a devout Muslim, filed court documents accusing him of using high-tech devices to wiretap her and extorting her (see p. 23 of court documents in that case). A dozen people who have dealt with Imran painted a picture in interviews with TheDCNF of a charming, “cunning” extrovert who bragged about his power among Democratic officials and who seemed to have an unquenchable thirst for cash.
Bill Miller, spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, told TheDCNF that Awan “was arraigned today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on one count of bank fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1344. He pled not guilty and was released pursuant to a high-intensity supervision program. The conditions of release are that he receive a GPS monitor, he abide by a curfew of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., and that he not leave a 50-mile radius of his residence in Virginia. Awan was also ordered to turn over all of his passports.”
Wasserman Schultz’s spokesman, David Damron, did not immediately return a request for comment.”
Bernie Sanders Has Reportedly Been Stealing His Neighbor’s Newspaper
“It can get expensive to purchase a newspaper subscription for multiple homes, even if you’re as rich as Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Sanders, a man who was once reportedly kicked out of a hippie commune for being too lazy, is now being accused of helping himself to someone else’s property.
According to a recent report, the socialist Senator has decided that the process of redistributing wealth should extend to his neighbor’s Washington Post becoming his Washington Post.
It would appear as though Bernie believes that, like health care, having access to the news of the day in print is a basic human right and not a privilege.
While discussing a potential 2020 Sanders’ White House bid, WMAL radio host Chris Plante told the following story about the Senator’s newspaper snatching habits.
And The Post did investigate and claimed that the delivery person said that a man came out and grabbed the paper every Sunday morning, almost immediately upon delivery.
The neighbor objected to the claim at which point the paper’s representative mentioned that they even had a description of the man.
“You are an older man with gray hair, balding, and little round glasses…;” they reportedly told the man who responded, “I’m in my 50s, I’ve got a full head of dark hair. But, my neighbor is Bernie Sanders.”
To be fair, just because his neighbor bought the subscription with money he worked for does not mean that the paper should belong to him. And it’s comforting to know that Sanders at least practices what he preaches on rare occasions.”