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Awan family breached Congressional security and blackmailed Democrats?

I’ve been eyeing this story for months, but haven’t blogged it because I (still) don’t understand what it is. It’s something about a couple guys from Pakistan, who were Congressional I/T administrators, up to some shenanigans, of which Congress has been weirdly protective; especially Debbie Wasserman-Schulz.

Here’s a July 23 article from The Daily Caller:

FBI agents seized smashed computer hard drives from the home of Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s information technology (IT) administrator, according to two sources with knowledge of the investigation.

Pakistani-born Imran Awan, long-time right-hand IT aide to the former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman, has since desperately tried to get the hard drives back…

An additional source in Congress with direct knowledge of the case, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the probe, confirmed that the FBI has joined what Politico previously described as a Capitol Police criminal probe into “serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network” by Imran and three of his relatives, who had access to the emails and files of the more than two dozen House Democrats who employed them…

To be clear: These investigations are real and ongoing. But we’re not being told what about. It’s all, something something hard drives relatives laptops Wasserman-Schulz something. With hints that maybe blackmail or national security breaches are involved?

Here’s video from May of Wasserman-Schulz glowering at a Capitol Police officer who won’t return a laptop (a piece of evidence) that she wants back.

If you have a good notion what this story is about, please let us know in the comments.


UPDATE: Via Zero Hedge, Imran Awan tries to flee the U.S.; is arrested and charged with multiple counts of bank fraud. Amongst other background, ZH supplies a list of 30 Democrats who had him on their taxpayer-funded payrolls. Yikes!

And in the comments, Heliotrope (thanks!) points us to a Daily Caller starter piece from February.

Three brothers who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers were abruptly relieved of their duties on suspicion that they accessed congressional computers without permission.

Brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday…

Three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the suspects on a shared basis…

Also among those whose computer systems may have been compromised is Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz…

OK, between the 3 articles, here is what we got:

  • Members of the House Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees, chiefly (or entirely?) Democrats, have employed Awan family members for I/T.
  • For years. Paying them millions, over the years.
  • In Feb. 2017, they were abruptly dismissed. But House members continued to pay them.
  • And ever since, Debbie Wasserman-Schulz has been frantic to “recover” (or hide) evidence.
  • Her effort has apparently failed, with the FBI getting key info on 7/23 and arresting Imran Awan on 7/24.

Hmm. Looks like MAJOR security breaches and blackmail, focused on House Democrats. Will this scandal get the media coverage it deserves? How about a Special Counsel?

Also, as ZH puts it, “One bombshell that has been all but ignored by the main stream media is that Imran Awan had access to Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s iPad password, meaning that the brothers also had direct access to the notorious DNC emails.” So…could these guys even have an angle on the DNC email leaks?? Trumprussia?

UPDATE: Apparently Awan had access to Nancy Pelosi’s laptop and emails, among many others.

Democrats colluded with Russia to hack 2016 election

We’ve been thinking this for months, but here’s another post because this article explains it so well:

While the mainstream news media hunts for evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, the public record shows that Democrats have willfully used Moscow disinformation to influence the presidential election against Donald Trump and attack his administration.

The disinformation came in the form of a Russian-fed dossier written by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele. It contains a series of unverified criminal charges against Mr. Trump’s campaign aides…

Some Democrats have widely circulated the discredited information. Mr. Steele was paid by the Democrat-funded opposition research firm Fusion GPS with money from a Hillary Clinton backer. Fusion GPS distributed the dossier among Democrats and journalists. The information fell into the hands of the FBI, which used it in part to investigate Mr. Trump’s campaign aides.

Mr. Steele makes clear that his unproven charges came almost exclusively from sources linked to the Kremlin and Russian President Vladimir Putin…

“If anyone colluded with the Russians, it was the Democrats,” said a former Trump campaign adviser who asked not to be identified because of the pending investigations. “After all, they’ve routinely shopped around false claims from the debunked Steele dossier, which listed sources including senior Kremlin officials. If anyone should be investigated in Washington, it ought to be Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell, Mark Warner and their staffers.”

RTWT. It has more detail on why the dossier was fake and how Hillary’s campaign used it anyway.

My major criticism of the article would be that John McCain’s name doesn’t appear; I’ve noted recently how he had such early access to the dossier as to suggest that he may have helped spread it.

The founder of Fusion GPS is going to “plead the fifth” about his company’s role in all this.

[Senate Judiciary] Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., confirmed in a statement that they subpoenaed Simpson to appear before the committee Wednesday as part of a hearing about the influence of foreign lobbying in last year’s presidential election.

“Simpson’s attorney has asserted that his client will invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in response to the subpoena,” Grassley and Feinstein said.

Remember that Fusion GPS also had ties to Natalia Veselnitskaya lobbying in favor of Putin (that is, lobbying against the anti-Putin Magnitsky Act). Fusion GPS had a representative at Veselnitskaya’s nothing-meeting with Donald Trump Jr., that lefties were so excited about last week.

UPDATE: They reached an agreement with the Fusion GPS guy to get an interview (I think that’s not under oath?). But Democrats stalled the committee interviewing another Fusion GPS-related witness. Dems must be really nervous.

The more things change, the more they stay the same

Lefties have been swarming on Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The most famous comment, which you have probably heard, was a Daily Beast writer calling her “Butch queen first time in drags at ball” – but there have been many others. And no mainstream voices have yet objected.

It reminds me of 2016 when Azealia Banks gave a detailed call for Sarah Palin to be gang-raped – and left-leaning Twitter did nothing to Banks, despite her clear violation of Twitter’s policy against inciting violence on others.

All of this highlights how the Left is more-than-guilty of what it accuses others of. Lefties are hypersensitive to racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, etc. because too many of them are racist, homophobic, transphobic, sexist, etc. Not all (I know some who aren’t); but many. They know it in themselves. Knowing it in themselves, they assume that others (righties) must be even worse.

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Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 1:48 pm - July 25, 2017.
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Yesterday they did some work on the blog. So, I’m hoping that would be cleaned up. If you saw the message previously, please let us know if you still see it (after running Apple’s or Safari’s version of local cleanup – I would not know what that is). Thanks!