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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:17 pm 
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Only last week, according to Fox News, did she finally signal willingness to drop objections to a scan of the laptop by federal investigators. Her stridency in obstructing the investigation has been jarring. As evidence has mounted, the scores of Democrats for whom the Awans worked have expressed no alarm. Instead, we’ve heard slanderous suspicions that the investigation is a product of — all together now — “Islamophobia.” But Samina Gilani, the Awan brothers’ stepmother, begs to differ. Gilani complained to Virginia police that the Awans secretly bugged her home and then used the recordings to blackmail her. She averred in court documents that she was pressured to surrender cash she had stored in Pakistan. Imran claimed to be “very powerful” — so powerful he could order her family members kidnapped. We don’t know if these allegations are true, but they are disturbing. The Awans have had the opportunity to acquire communications and other information that could prove embarrassing, or worse, especially for the pols who hired them. Did the swindling staffers compromise members of Congress? Does blackmail explain why were they able to go unscathed for so long? And as for that sensitive information, did the Awans send American secrets, along with those hundreds of thousands of American dollars, to Pakistan? This is no run-of-the-mill bank-fraud case. Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/4 ... bank-fraud

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How did these shitbirds get Top Secret clearance? Why, Dem members of Congressed pressured the government to give them one of course.

Isn't that how foreign agents and crooks usually get them?

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So what if Hillary smashed her hard drives and sold out America? Trumpf's son spent ten minutes in a meeting with a Russian!

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So what if Hillary smashed her hard drives and sold out America? Trumpf's son spent ten minutes in a meeting with a Russian!



Get this. The Fusion GPS firm that shopped around the imaginary hit piece called the "Trump Dossier" was also at the Trump Jr meeting AND was responsible for secretly taping The Mormon at a fundraiser when he was talking about the 47%


Fusion GPS is a virtual appendage of the DNC whose biologic purpose is to spread shit on RNC candidates.

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Why Is This Not a Story?

Debra J. Saunders Debra J. Saunders |Posted: Aug 13, 2017 12:01 AM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., the former Democratic National Committee chairwoman known in political circles as DWS, is knee-deep in a scandal that involves a laptop, money and possible foreign entanglements.

Unlike the Trump Russian scandal, however, The Washington Post and New York Times have barely reported on the story, which has conservatives observing -- with President Donald Trump's Twitter account concurring -- that the mainstream media have a double standard.

In February, the House sergeant-at-arms yanked House computer network access for five information technology staffers who worked as shared employees for some 30 House Democrats. Capitol Police told members that the five were under criminal investigation for possibly violating security policies -- and asked members to update their security settings. By March, most Democrats had fired the five, if only because they could no longer do their jobs.

To the puzzlement of many Democrats and Republicans, Wasserman Schultz kept one of the five, Imran Awan, on the payroll, even though he could not do standard House IT work.

On July 24, federal authorities arrested Awan at Dulles Airport as the naturalized citizen was about to board a plane to his native Pakistan. According to an FBI affidavit, Awan had just wired $283,000 to Pakistan, $165,000 of it from an ill-gotten home-equity loan. The feds charged Awan with bank fraud, and then released him under supervision. Only then did Wasserman Schultz fire Awan.

Awan's wife, Hina Alvi, who was one of the fired IT workers, had left the country for Pakistan in March. While she had bought a round-trip ticket with a return date in September, FBI Special Agent Brandon C. Merriman wrote he "does not believe that Alvi has any intention to return to the United States."

Wasserman Schultz is no obscure member of Congress. Last year she had to resign as DNC chair after WikiLeaks revealed that she had tilted the Democratic primary in favor of Hillary Clinton, even though the national committee was duty-bound to remain neutral.

Earlier this month Wasserman Schultz told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that she kept Awan on the payroll because she had "grave concerns about his due process rights being violated," and stated her belief that the Capitol Police actions could be the result of anti-Muslim, anti-Pakistani profiling. She kept Awan on the payroll by switching his role to an advisory position.

Awan's attorney Christopher Gowan released a statement that blamed the firings on "a frenzy of anti-Muslim bigotry," charged that "extremist right-wing bloggers" forced Awan's family to leave the country and voiced confidence that Awan "will soon be able to clear his name and get on with his life."


It is important to note that federal authorities have not charged any of the IT five -- Awan, Alvi, Awan's two brothers or a friend -- with any crime directly related to their House IT work.

But Matthew Whitaker, executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, sees Awan's continued presence on the payroll as a violation of House ethics rules. "After Awan was barred from accessing the House computer system, Wasserman Schultz continued to pay Awan with taxpayer funds for IT consulting - a position he could not possibly perform," Whitaker wrote to the House Ethics Committee.

Awan's salary also is an issue. Politico reported that Awan made nearly $2 million since he started working for House Democrats in 2004. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley wrote that over 13 years, Awan, his brothers and wife "collected more than $4 million," which he said is "three times higher than the norm for a government contractor."

There is enough smoke to this story to merit intense news coverage. Yet The Washington Post, the federal government's hometown paper, had published only two stories on the Awan saga as of Tuesday, when the Post ran an explainer that looked at the story through two lenses -- one conservative, one liberal.


The "conservative media" angle: "A powerful Democratic congresswoman refused to fire an information technology aide after he's accused of stealing House computer equipment and potentially breaching security protocols."

The "liberal media" angle: "Powerful Democratic congresswoman protects Muslim IT staffer from what she suspects is religious discrimination. She fires him after he is charged with a seemingly unrelated crime."

For this story, the Post simply could not take a side. Its coverage of the Trump Russia probe shows no such hesitation.

Likewise The New York Times began a July 28 story with a warning of sorts -- that "conservative news outlets have built a case against Imran Awan, his wife, two brothers and a friend, piece by piece." Hmm. Could it be that conservative outlets built the case because most liberal organs didn't see much of a story?

When Trump has railed against leaks from the intelligence community, cable pundits routinely have slammed the president for not appreciating members of the intelligence community who put their lives on the line every day. When Wasserman Schultz has accused the Capitol Police of racial or religious profiling, newspapers have simply repeated her accusation.

The twin papers focused on how the fringe has framed the story -- one "YouTube conspiracy theorist" accused Awan and friends of being "Pakistani spies" -- as if fringe opinion absolves them from having to follow the story where it leads.

It is impossible not to see a double standard. The Democrats' IT guys enjoy the presumption of innocence. And that would be OK, if big beltway media showed the president the same courtesy.

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http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/20/democ ... -brothers/

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House Democrat’s Office Approved $120k Write-off Linked To Awan Brothers

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A chief of staff for Democratic Rep. Yvette Clarke quietly agreed in early 2016 to sign away a $120,000 missing electronics problem on behalf of two former IT aides now suspected of stealing equipment from Congress, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

Clarke’s chief of staff at the time effectively dismissed the loss and prevented it from coming up in future audits by signing a form removing the missing equipment from a House-wide tracking system after one of the Awan brothers alerted the office the equipment was gone. The Pakistani-born brothers are now at the center of an FBI investigation over their IT work with dozens of Congressional offices.

A senior House official with knowledge of the situation provided TheDCNF with new details about how exactly the brothers are suspected to have stolen the equipment and possibly data from Congress, raising questions about the members or staffers who were signing the checks on equipment purchases.

The $120,000 figure amounts to about a tenth of the office’s annual budget, or enough to hire four legislative assistants to handle the concerns of constituents in her New York district. Yet when one of the brothers alerted the office to the massive loss, the chief of staff signed a form that quietly reconciled the missing equipment in the office budget, the official told TheDCNF. Abid Awan remained employed by the office for months after the loss of the equipment was flagged.


Separately, the brothers are suspected to have orchestrated a long-running fraud scheme in which the office would purchase equipment in a way that avoided tracking by central House-wide administrators. They’re suspected of working with an employee of CDW Government Inc. — one of the Hill’s largest technology providers — to alter invoices in order to avoid tracking. The result would be that no one outside the office would notice if the equipment disappeared, and investigators think the goal of the scheme was to remove and sell the equipment outside of Congress.




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$120K in taxpayer money goes missing??? No problem...just "sign it off".

Try doing that when the IRS wants $120K from you. There is so much about this that just stinks to high heaven.

--Why did they get paid waaaay, waaay above their pay grade
--Why were they protected by Blabbermouth
--Why was the initial police investigation so lame
--How did a bunch of Pakis get security clearances..these clowns would never have been cleared to clean the restrooms at General Dynamics or Boeing

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I'm beginning to think that Congress needs to be paid with whatever is left over when you take tax income minus their spending. One of two things will happen, taxes will go way up and the country revolts and the swamp does get drained or spending finally comes under control.

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$120K in taxpayer money goes missing??? No problem...just "sign it off".

Try doing that when the IRS wants $120K from you. There is so much about this that just stinks to high heaven.

--Why did they get paid waaaay, waaay above their pay grade
--Why were they protected by Blabbermouth
--Why was the initial police investigation so lame
--How did a bunch of Pakis get security clearances..these clowns would never have been cleared to clean the restrooms at General Dynamics or Boeing



Something's definitely rotten in the swamp.

It may just be an exceptional case of fraud, theft, etc. Certainly looks that way.

But if they were stealing & selling government computer equipment (along with other scams), what is to say they weren't also selling information to a foreign state, too? Having Paki ties makes that a likely possibility. If they were committing those other crimes, I doubt they would have qualms about doing so.

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