Congressional Democrats are being Blackmailed. It’s the only logical explanation that makes any sense. Not only did the Awan family get a free pass on hacking congress, they walked off with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of taxpayer funded equipment.
According to the Inspector General, in just one example, “75 pieces of equipment with a total purchase price of $118,416 went missing” from an office where Abid Awan worked. Rep. Yvette Clarke, a New York democrat, turned out to be the “victim.” Was it theft, or a “gift” to keep Awan quiet?
We can’t tell because Clarke won’t go to court and say she was robbed.
Two years ago, an Inspector General report exposed hard evidence that a family of Pakistani immigrants hacked into Congressional Democratic Caucus computers, stole classified documents related to national security, then handed the U.S. intelligence secrets to Pakistan. Congress flat out refuses to press any charges against any of the spies.
At least 59 legislators were confirmed hacked in 5735 logins, and who knows how many illegal data transfers. Not a single one is willing to press any charges. A sailor who sent home a few snapshots was nailed to the wall, but shipping iPads loaded with classified secrets to Islamabad gets a free pass, because Democrat lawmakers are terrified of what will come out.
As reported by Daily Caller News Foundation in April, “Imran Awan’s father, Haji Ashraf Awan, had transferred a USB drive to a Pakistani senator and former head of a Pakistani intelligence agency.” The thumb drive was full of American security secrets.
The IG’s report detailed the suspicious “pattern of login activity” that they found, showing the steps the Awan’s used “to conceal” their activity. It also indicated the caucus computers were secretly “used to store documents taken from other offices.”
The shocking crimes the Inspector General found involved classified information so sensitive that investigators couldn’t put their report on paper.
They used a PowerPoint to brief bipartisan House leadership, informing them that “five IT workers had made 5,735 logins into the Democratic Caucus system during a surveyed period of seven months.”
After logging in through the back door, the Awans “transferred large amounts of data using Dropbox accounts.”
During those seven months, Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta’s emails ended up on WikiLeaks. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz swears up and down it was the Russians who hacked the DNC email server, not an insider.
According to the IG report, “the IT aides were able to access the personal data, including emails, of at least 59 House Democrats. They also stole “calendars, personal files, and constituents’ data.” It’s those “personal files” that the affected Congressmen are really worried about.
Some of those representatives served on some heavy intelligence committees. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Committee on Homeland Security, and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs are all represented.
Even after Imran Awan was fired by Congress for “stealing computers and data systems,” Wasserman-Schultz “kept him and let him have access to her emails and files as well as the password to the electronic device she used for DNC business.”
Imran Awan was hired as an IT contractor for Congress in 2000. By 2004, a group of five blue state reps hired him privately. He hit the legal pay cap in less than a year, earning as much as the congressmen who hired him. To get around that, they hired his family one by one.
Things like “skills” were not required. Security background checks were waived because everyone knew they would flunk. Imran’s brother Abid was first to be hired in 2005 despite the fact he was known to “work months at a time from Pakistan.”
Both of their wives were on the payroll soon after, then brother Jamal joined them. Abid Awan owed a lot of money to Rao Abbas so they gave Abbas a job too. Abbas had filed bankruptcy in 2012 and was also in debt, a big red flag for security clearance interviews.
Even though Imran was the only one with technical experience, “the family members were paid more than regular IT employees in Congress.” They raked in $7 million that year.
By that time, they were working for a total of 44 House Democrats. According to the Inspector’s report, they were also accessing the accounts of 15 more congressmen that they didn’t work for.
All of that money wasn’t enough. The group was always hungry for more equipment.
Several of the “offices for which the IT aides worked” were caught fudging the price tags on “mobile devices” in a “structuring” scheme that would indicate “money laundering” if anyone else did it.
All congressional purchases of $500 or more need to be logged on an inventory sheet and filed with the chief administrative officer. To get around that, “purchases of items such as iPads, iPhones, and TVs were made artificially lower by spreading billing out over several invoices.”
For example, iPads that cost $799 were billed as $499 for the iPad and $350 for Apple Care. Not only is the extra protection thrown in without question, it really only costs $88.
Relatives of the Awans claim “they shipped a significant number of devices, such as iPads and iPhones, to Pakistan.”
Imran Awan hastily moved out of his house then later tried to retrieve some things from the tenant who was renting his home. According to the renter, Andre Taggart, the equipment included “Blackberries and hard drives” that looked like they had been through a fire, along with laptops and “a lot of brand new expensive [printer] toner.” Taggart recognized the government equipment and called the police.
The FBI carted off all the evidence and has been sitting on it ever since.
Even after the report came out detailing “unauthorized access to the representatives’ systems, the suspicious transfers of data, and the irregular purchases of equipment,” the Awans continued working for Congress until they were officially “banned” from the House network.”
The only charges against any of the group are aimed at Imran Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi Awan, and those are for unrelated bank fraud. Hearings in that case have been postponed seven times now. No action is expected before July 6. If ever.