Looks like Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s should have pulled a Hillary and used ‘Bleach-Bit’ instead of smashing her hard drives.
The FBI has seized them from DWS’s IT administrator, according to The Daily Caller.
Imran Awan — whom is the IT administrator and a Muslim Pakistani national — along with his two brothers, Abid and Jamal, were responsible for managing several IT services for Democrat representatives.
Some of those clients included members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
This family of IT specialists are currently under criminal investigation for “serious violation on the House IT network.” Awan and three of his relatives, due to their IT roles, had access to the emails of more than two dozen House Democrats.
When the news broke in February that the criminal investigation was under way Imran Awan “abruptly moved out of his longtime home”, eventually renting his home to a military couple (a Marine Corps veteran man married to a Navy officer woman).
The tenants said that Awan and his family “left in a huge hurry.”
“[I found] wireless routers, hard drives that look like they tried to destroy, laptops, [and] a lot of brand new expensive toner,” said the Marine. “It looks like government-issued equipment. We turned that stuff over [to the authorities].”
Via The Daily Caller :
The Marine said Imran wanted the hard drives back so desperately that he threatened to sue the renter for stealing them.
“It was unbelievable. I don’t know where they get off thinking they’re going to sue us for items we have no obligation to hold onto,” he said.
Imran came to the house for the items “three to four times,” but the Marine wouldn’t let him enter.
“Their lawyer contacted us today via email and said we owed $350 in late charges and the items he left in the house,” the Marine said.
The Marine heard about the House investigation on the radio, and by that time, he had noticed other bizarre signs of desperation from his landlord.
“When we first moved in, a mailman came with certified mail from the House of Representatives. We were trying to be nice and signed for it. They lost their shit, saying ‘why did you sign for it, this is illegal!’ It was certified from the [Chief Administrative Officer of the House],” he said.
“The postman came a second time with a certified letter and I called Imran on the spot, asking ‘what do you want me to do.’ He said ‘just send him away, I’m homeless.’ They refused to forward their mail.”
Imran’s brother Abid has also been evasive about his location, failing to provide an accurate address for delivery of court materials in a lawsuit in which he is accused of defrauding the brothers’ stepmother. Imran’s wife, Hina, has traveled to Pakistan since the probe was revealed, according to neighbors.
According to the Daily Wire: The Marine said Imran wanted the hard drives back so desperately that he threatened to sue the renter for stealing them.
The Awan family is also being investigated for fraud, allegedly placing “ghost employees” on a congressional payroll. They have been paid over $4 million in salary between 2009 and 2017.
Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who employed Awan with his congressional staff budget, suggested the Awan family may be falsely targeted by Capitol Police because of they are Muslims.
“I wanted to be sure individuals are not being singled out because of their nationalities or their religion,” he said.
As of today, there have been no arrests made involving this case.
Wasserman-Schultz still employs the Awans as IT administrators with her congressional staff budget. In May, she indirectly threatened Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa with “consequences” for keeping a laptop belonging to Awan as evidence in an ongoing criminal investigation.
The Awan family and their actions certainly have ‘guilty’ written all over them. The fact that DWS is still employing them at this point is highly suspicious too.
Hopefully Capitol Police will be able to close this case soon. If they are indeed doing anything illegal, it needs to be shut down.