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The Debbie Wasserman Schultz & House Democrats’ Growing IT Scandal

- August 1, 2017

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, And Other House Democrats, Have Questions To Answer About The Employment Of A Family Of IT Staffers Involved In A Growing Potential Criminal Investigation

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Through their roles as IT administrators, Imran Awan and his family members had access to dozens of House Democrats' emails and files, including those of then-DNC Chairwoman, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
  • Between 2009 and 2016, more than a dozen House Democrats paid Imran Awan and his family members more than $4 million for House IT services.
  • The Awan family worked for House Democrats who sit on committees that handle sensitive information, including the House Foreign Affairs Committee, House Select Committee on Intelligence, and House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
  • Awan and his family members are under investigation for stealing equipment and committing serious violations on the House IT network, which they were banned from as early as February 2, 2017.
  • Rep. Wasserman Schultz reportedly fought to keep authorities from examining equipment recovered during the course of the investigation, and later threatened the Capitol Police with consequences if they did not return equipment related to the investigation.
  • Despite being briefed by authorities on the nature of these accusations and Awan being banned from the House IT network, Rep. Wasserman Schultz chose to keep him on her staff.
  • Months after the investigation began, Rep. Wasserman Schultz finally fired Awan only after he was arrested for bank fraud at the airport while trying to flee the country to Pakistan.

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IMRAN AWAN WORKED FOR DOZENS OF HOUSE DEMOCRATS FOR YEARS, GIVING HIM ACCESS TO MEMBERS EMAILS AND FILES, INCLUDING THEN DNC CHAIR REP. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

Imran Awan Worked For Dozens Of House Democrats, But Developed A Particularly Friendly Relationship With Rep. Wasserman Schultz

Awan Was Employed By The House Of Representatives Since 2004, And Worked For "More Than A Dozen Members Of Congress As An IT Specialist" Including Rep. Wasserman Schultz." "Awan had been employed by the House of Representatives as an IT specialist since 2004 and his wife, two brothers and a friend began similar work in subsequent years. Over the years, he contracted to work part time for more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress, including Ms. Wasserman Schultz." (Nicholas Fandos, "Trump Fuels Intrigue Surrounding A Former I.T. Worker's Arrest," The New York Times , 7/28/17)

  • Imran Awan Was A Shared Employee And Earned An Estimated Salary Of $165,130. "Imran Awan, a current staffer, earned an estimated salary of $165,130 USD as a Shared Employee through the most recent House pay period. This was 2.4 times greater than the median salary for a House staffer."("Imran Awan," Inside Gov , Accessed 7/31/17)
  • Imran Awan And His Family Were "Highly Paid" IT Administrators For House Democrats. "Hina Alvi, her husband Imran Awan, and his brothers Abid and Jamal were highly paid shared IT administrators working for multiple House Democrats" (Luke Rosiak, "Sources: Democratic Aide Suspected Of Major Security Breach Under Government Protection In Pakistan," The Daily Caller , 5/22/17)
  • Awan's Wife, Hina Alvi, And Brothers Abid And Jamal Were Also IT Administrators For Democrats In The House . "Hina Alvi, her husband Imran Awan, and his brothers Abid and Jamal were highly paid shared IT administrators working for multiple House Democrats until their access to congressional IT systems was terminated Feb. 2 as a result of the investigation." (Luke Rosiak, "Sources: Democratic Aide Suspected Of Major Security Breach Under Government Protection In Pakistan," The Daily Caller , 5/22/17)
  • Between 2009 And 2016, Democrat Congressional Offices Paid Awan Family Members $4 Million . "Congress paid him and family members $4 million between 2009 and 2016. His younger brothers, Abid and Jamal, and his wife Hina appeared on the House payroll at chief of staff level salaries, even as Imran brought in additional income in other ways." (Luke Rosiak, "House Dems' It Administrator A Charming, 'Cunning' Con Artist, Associates Say," The Daily Caller , 7/15/17)

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz Was DNC Chair From 2011 To 2016. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who announced Sunday afternoon her resignation as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee effective later this week. But for the Florida congresswoman, her dramatic exit was a long time coming. Elected to the House of Representatives in 2004, Wasserman Schultz, 49, began her tenure as head of the DNC in 2011." (MJ Lee, "Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Controversial Tenure," CNN , 7/25/16)

Awan Had A "Long-Standing Relationship" With Several House Democrats, And Was Particularly Friendly With Rep. Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). "Awan has long-standing relationships with Meeks, Wasserman Schultz and Fudge. Meeks was one of the first lawmakers Awan worked for after coming to Capitol Hill in 2004. He joined Wasserman Schultz's office in 2005 and started working for Fudge in 2008. In addition, Meeks and, to a larger extent, Wasserman Schultz, are said to have a friendly personal relationship with Awan and his wife, according to multiple sources." (Heather Caygle, "House Democrats Fire Two IT Staffers Amid Criminal Investigation," Politico , 3/1/17)

  • In May 2016 Emails Between Rep. Wasserman Schultz's Deputy Chair And Assistant Show They Were On A First Name Basis With Awan, Who Had The Password To Rep. Wasserman Schultz's iPad. "Garret Bonosky, deputy director of the DNC, wrote in a May 4, 2016 email: 'Amy - I will call you shortly. I have to get this iPad thing figured out. Need to make sure I have her username and password.' DNC Assistant to the Chair Amy Kroll responded: 'I do not have access to her iPad password, but Imran does.' Bonosky replied: 'Just gave AK the cell phone for Imran.' Kroll responded: 'Just spoke to Imran, call me whenever GB and I'll update you.'" (Luke Rosiak, "Suspect In House It Security Probe Also Had Access To DNC Emails," The Daily Caller , 3/9/17)

Awan's Role As An IT Administrator Gave Him Access To Members' Emails And Files, Including Rep. Wasserman Schultz's iPad That Was Used For DNC Business

Imran Awan "Had Access To All The Emails And Files Of Dozens Of Members Of Congress, Including An iPad That Rep. Wasserman Schultz Used For DNC Business." "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." (Luke Rosiak, "Wasserman Schultz's IT Aide Arrested By FBI On Way To Pakistan After $300K Wire," The Daily Signal , 7/26/17)

  • The iPad Was Used For DNC, House, And Campaign Business . "WikiLeaks emails show that although Imran was employed by her taxpayer-funded House office, the Florida Democrat's world - and iPad - mixed DNC, House and campaign business, and that Imran was on call for, and on a first-name basis with, top DNC staff." (Luke Rosiak, "Suspect In House It Security Probe Also Had Access To DNC Emails," The Daily Caller , 3/9/17)

The Awan Family Worked For Dozens Of House Democrats, Including Members On Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, And Homeland Security Committees

The List Of House Members Who Employed Members Of The Awan Family Includes:

  • Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)
  • Ted Lieu (D-CA) - Rep. Lieu Is A Member Of The House Committee On Foreign Affairs. ( Rep. Lieu Website , Accessed 8/1/17)
  • Tony Cardenas (D-CA)
  • Julia Brownley (D-CA)
  • Pete Aguilar (D-CA)
  • Jim Costa (D-CA)
  • Jackie Speier (D-CA) - Rep. Speier Is A Member Of The House Intelligence Committee And The House Armed Services Committee. ( Rep. Speier Website , Accessed 8/1/17)
  • Karen Bass (D-CA) - Rep. Bass Is A Member Of The Foreign Affairs Committee. ( Rep. Bass Website , Accessed 8/1/17)
  • Diana Degette (D-CO)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
  • Ted Deutch (D-FL) - Rep. Deutch Is A Member Of The House Foreign Affairs Committee. ( Rep. Deutch Website , Accessed 8/1/17)
  • Lois Frankel (D-FL) - Rep. Frankel Is A Member Of The House Foreign Affairs Committee. ( Rep. Frankel Website , Accessed 8/1/17)
  • Frederica Wilson (D-FL)
  • David Loebsack (D-IA)
  • Robin Kelly (D-IL) - Rep. Kelly Is A Member Of The House Foreign Affairs Committee. ( Rep. Kelly Website , Accessed 8/1/17)
  • Andre Carson (D-IN) - Rep. Carson Is A Member Of The House Intelligence Committee. ( Rep. Carson Website, Accessed 8/1/17)
  • Cedric Richmond (D-LA) - Rep. Richmond Is A Member Of The House Homeland Security Committee. ( Rep. Richmond Website , Accessed 8/1/17)
  • Katherine Clark (D-MA)
  • Mark Takano (D-MA)
  • John Sarbanes (D-MD)
  • Daniel Kildee (D-MI)
  • Sander Levin (D-MI)
  • Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO)
  • Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM)
  • Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)
  • Gregory Meeks (D-NY) - Rep. Meeks Is A Member Of The House Foreign Affairs Committee. ( Rep. Meeks Website , Accessed 8/1/17)
  • Yvette Clark (D-NY)
  • Marcia Fudge (D-OH)
  • Tim Ryan (D-OH)
  • Joyce Beatty (D-OH)
  • Joaquin Castro (D-TX) - Rep. Castro Is A Member Of The House Intelligence Committee And House Foreign Affairs Committee. ( Rep. Castro Website , Accessed 8/1/17)

(Luke Rosiak, "House Dems Hired A Fired McDonald's Worker As Their IT Guy," Daily Caller , 6/26/17)

An Associate Of Awan's, Rao Abbas, Was Employed By Nevada Democrat Rep. Jacky Rosen In Early 2017. "Soon after Imran Awan joined the staff of Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in 2005, his brothers Abid and Jamal, his wife Hina, and his brother's wife Natalia all appeared on other members' payrolls, supposedly as IT administrators. His best friend Rao Abbas landed on the payroll too. Most of them made salaries ordinarily only chiefs of staff earn, but they were rarely seen or heard from in Hill IT circles. … According to payroll records, two newly-elected Democrats, Reps. Charlie Crist of Florida and Jacky Rosen of Nevada, put Abbas on their payrolls when they took office in January - the time when IT workers would have been setting up the freshmen's office IT systems and email accounts. Spokesmen for Crist and Rosen declined to say who recommended Abbas, despite the availability of many reputable companies and individuals competing for members' business. They also would not say who set up their offices' email accounts." (Luke Rosiak, "House Dems Hired A Fired McDonald's Worker As Their IT Guy," Daily Caller , 6/26/17)

AWAN AND HIS FAMILY MEMBERS ARE LINKED TO A CAPITOL POLICE INVESTIGATION INTO POTENTIAL EQUIPMENT THEFT AND VIOLATIONS OF THE HOUSE IT NETWORK

Awan And His Family Members Are Under Investigation For Stealing Equipment And Misusing The House IT Network, Which They Were Banned From In February

In March, Awan, Along With His Wife And Two Brothers, Were Linked To A U.S. Capitol Police Criminal Investigation Into Stolen Equipment And "Serious, Potentially Illegal Violations On The House IT Network." "Alvi, Awan and three other House aides, including Abid Awan and Jamal Awan, relatives of Imran Awan, and Rao Abbas, are all linked to the criminal investigation being conducted by the U.S. Capitol Police. The five current and former House staffers are accused of stealing equipment from members' offices without their knowledge and committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the probe." (Heather Caygle, "House Democrats Fire Two IT Staffers Amid Criminal Investigation," Politico , 3/1/17)

As Early As February 2, 2017 Imran Awan And His Family Were Banned From The Capitol's Computer Networks. "Awan ran technology for multiple House Democrats, and soon four of his relatives - including brothers Abid and Jamal - appeared on the payroll of dozens of other members, collecting $4 million in taxpayer funds since 2010. U.S. Capitol Police named him and his relatives as subjects of a criminal probe on Feb. 2 and banned them from the complex's computer networks." (Luke Rosiak, "House Hacking Suspects Could Read Every Email Dozens Of Congressmen Sent And Received," The Daily Caller , 3/3/17)

As A Result Of The Investigation The FBI Seized Smashed Computers From Awan's Home, And Rep. Wasserman Schultz Attempted To Block The Capitol Police From Searching A Laptop Involved In The Investigation

The FBI Seized Smashed Computer Drives From Awan's Home. "FBI agents seized smashed computer 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." (Luke Rosiak, "Exclusive: FBI Seized Smashed Hard Drives From Wasserman Schultz IT Aide's Home," The Daily Caller , 7/23/17)

Rep. Wasserman Schultz "Blocked Capitol Police From Searching A Laptop They Confiscated Because It Was Tied To Him." "Wasserman Schultz has refused to fire Imran, despite his 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 him." (Luke Rosiak, "Wasserman Schultz's IT Aide Arrested At Airport After Transferring $300k To Pakistan From House Office," The Daily Caller , 7/25/17)

In May, Rep. Wasserman Schultz Threatened The Capitol Police Chief With "Consequences" After They Confiscated Equipment Related To The Investigation

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Accused Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa Of Violating House Rules And Told Him There Would Be "Consequences" After The Capitol Police Held Equipment Related To The Investigation Of Imran Awan. CONGRESSWOMAN DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ (D-FL): "Members' equipment is members' equipment. It is not, under my understanding, the Capitol Police is not able to confiscate members' equipment when the member is not under investigation. It is their equipment and is supposed to be returned." CAPITOL POLICE CHIEF MATTHEW VERDEROSA: "Well, I think there are extenuating circumstances in this case and I think that working through my counsel and the necessary personnel and if that in fact is the case and working through the investigation, we will return the equipment, but until that is accomplished, we can't return the equipment." CONGRESSWOMAN WASSERMAN SCHULTZ (D-FL): "I think you are violating the rules when you conduct your business that way and should expect that there will be consequences." (House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch, U.S. House of Representatives, Hearing, 5/18/17)

Awan Has "Desperately Tried" To Get The Confiscated Equipment Back. "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 individual whom FBI investigators interviewed in the case told The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group." (Luke Rosiak, "Exclusive: FBI Seized Smashed Hard Drives From Wasserman Schultz IT Aide's Home," The Daily Caller , 7/23/17)

UNLIKE MANY OF HER COLLEAGUES REP. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ DID NOT FIRE AWAN IN LIGHT OF THE ALLEGATIONS, INSTEAD SHE MOVED HIM TO A NEW ROLE

In Spite Of The Fact That Awan Was The Subject Of A Criminal Investigation, And No Longer Had Access To The House IT Systems, He Continued To Work For Rep. Wasserman Schultz

After They Were Briefed On The Investigation By Authorities, Lawmakers Began To Cut Ties With Awan, But Rep. Wasserman Schultz "Held Out." "After the authorities briefed lawmakers about the investigation this spring, the legislators began to cut ties one by one, citing concerns about appearances or an abundance of caution. Ms. Wasserman Schultz held out, arguing that until there was credible evidence, she saw no reason to terminate a longstanding work arrangement. She ultimately did so this week, after getting news of Mr. Awan's arrest." (Nicholas Fandos, "Trump Fuels Intrigue Surrounding A Former I.T. Worker's Arrest," The New York Times , 7/28/17)

  • Rep Gregory Meeks (D-NY) And Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) Fired Imran Awan And His Wife Hina Alvi After They Were Linked To An Ongoing Criminal Investigation . "Two House Democrats this week fired technology staffers linked to an ongoing criminal investigation, more than a month after the couple in question was barred from House computer networks. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) confirmed to Politico that Hina Alvi's last day as an IT support staffer in his office was Tuesday. Her husband, Imran Awan, was working for Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) as of Tuesday evening, but a spokeswoman for Fudge said midday Wednesday that Awan was no longer an employee." (Heather Caygle, "House Democrats Fire Two IT Staffers Amid Criminal Investigation," Politico , 3/1/17)

Awan Continued To Work For Rep. Wasserman Schultz In An Advisory Role "Providing Advice On Technology Issues." "Imran Awan is working in an 'advisory' role for Wasserman Schultz, according to spokesman David Damron, 'providing advice on technology issues.' Wasserman Schultz was forced to resign as Democratic National Committee chairwoman last year after a trove of embarrassing emails was released by WikiLeaks." (Heather Caygle, "House Democrats Fire Two IT Staffers Amid Criminal Investigation," Politico , 3/1/17)

Yesterday, The Foundation For Accountability And Civic Trust Filed An Ethics Complaint On Rep. Wasserman Schultz For Continuing To Employ Awan, Even After He Was Barred From Ostensibly The Ability To Do His Job. "A right-leaning ethics group is pushing for a congressional probe into Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz because she continued to employ an IT staffer for months after he became the focus of a criminal investigation. The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), a conservative accountability group, is requesting the Office of Congressional Ethics launch an investigation into what the nonprofit says is Wasserman Schultz's 'apparent breach' of House rules for continuing to employ Imran Awan, even after he was blocked from accessing the House IT system earlier this year. … But Wasserman Schultz retained Awan, even though he has been barred from accessing the House IT network since February. FACT maintains there's no way Awan could have performed IT duties for Wasserman Schultz over the past six months, despite staying on the Florida Democrat's payroll. 'House staff are compensated with taxpayer funds, and members are directly responsible for ensuring their staff are only paid for official public work, work that has actually [been] performed and at a rate commensurate with the work performed,' Matthew Whitaker, FACT executive director, wrote in a letter to the OCE.'" (Heather Caygle, "Watchdog Wants Investigation Into Wasserman Schultz Over IT Staffer," Politico , 7/31/17)

THE AWAN FAMILY HAS A STRANGE FINANCIAL AND PERSONAL PICTURE

Despite Their Substantial Income, The Democrat House IT Employees Had A History Of Bankruptcy And Debt

On February 7, 2017, The Daily Caller Reported The Awan Family Had A History OF Debt And Bankruptcy, As Well As "A Fondness For Fast Cars And Real Estate, And Unusually Complicated Webs Of Intertwined Finances." "Four people who worked for the House of Representatives have a history of massive debts and bankruptcy, a fondness for fast cars and real estate, and unusually complicated webs of intertwined finances." (Luke Rosiak, "Congress IT Probe Suspects Had Massive Debts, Years Of Suspicious Activity," The Daily Caller , 2/7/17)

Despite Having "Generous" Salaries, The Four Engaged In "Multiple" Suspicious Mortgage Transfers And A "Debt-Evading Bankruptcy." "Despite the generous salaries, the four were involved in multiple suspicious mortgage transfers and a debt-evading bankruptcy." (Luke Rosiak, "Congress IT Probe Suspects Had Massive Debts, Years Of Suspicious Activity," The Daily Caller , 2/7/17)

Abid Awan Had More Than $1 Million In Debts Following A Failed Business-One Which Business Associates Claim He Used To Steal Money And Vehicles. "Abid had more than $1 million in debts following a failed business called Cars International that he ran in Falls Church, Va., from November 2009 to September 2010. Business associates said in court documents that Abid had stolen money and vehicles from them." (Luke Rosiak, "Congress IT Probe Suspects Had Massive Debts, Years Of Suspicious Activity," The Daily Caller , 2/7/17)

While He Was Working In The House Of Representatives Imran Awan Allegedly Took A Loan From An Iraqi Politician Linked To Hezbollah

The Daily Caller Reported Awan Owed $100,000 To An Iraqi Politician Who Is Wanted By The United States Government, And Has Been Linked To Hezbollah. "Congressional aides suspected of criminally misusing their access to House computer systems owed $100,000 to an Iraqi politician who is wanted by U.S. authorities and has been linked to Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Middle Eastern terrorist outfit." (Luke Rosiak, "House Dem It Staffers Owed Money To Hezbollah-Connected Fugitive," The Daily Caller , 2/21/17)

The Money Was A Loan From Dr. Ali Al-Attar, And Was Funneled Through A Company With "Impossible" To Decipher Financial Transactions Controlled By The House Staffers. "The money was a loan from Dr. Ali al-Attar, an Iraqi political figure, and was funneled through a company with 'impossible'-to-decipher financial transactions that the congressional information technology (IT) staffers controlled." (Luke Rosiak, "EXCLUSIVE: House Dem IT Guys In Security Probe Secretly Took $100K In Iraqi Money," The Daily Caller , 2/20/17)

AS PRESSURE MOUNTED, IMRAN AWAN TRIED TO FLEE TO PAKISTAN, BUT WAS ARRESTED BEFORE HE COULD BOARD HIS FLIGHT

In January 2017, Iman Awan Wired $283,000 To Pakistan, Later He And His Wife Withdrew Their Children From School And Listed Their Properties For Sale

On January 18, 2017 At 12:09 PM At The Longworth House Office Building A International Wire Transfer Request Was Submitted For $283,000. "'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 an affidavit obtained by TheDCNF." (Luke Rosiak, "Sources: Democratic Aide Suspected Of Major Security Breach Under Government Protection In Pakistan," The Daily Caller , 5/22/17)

  • Awan's Lawyer Said The Transfer "Represented The Latest Payment By His Client For A Piece Of Property," But The Transfer Was Originally Earmarked For Funeral Arrangements. Mr. Gowen said the transfer represented the latest payment by his client for a piece of property he was buying in the country, though the affidavit says that it was initially earmarked for 'funeral arrangements.'" (Nicholas Fandos, "Trump Fuels Intrigue Surrounding A Former I.T. Worker's Arrest," The New York Times , 7/28/17)
  • When Requesting The Transfer Awan Originally Claimed The Transfer Was For "Funeral Arrangements" But After He Was Told That Reason Was Unacceptable He Looked Up An Appropriate Reason And Changed It To "Buying Property." "Imran claimed the $300,000 was for 'funeral arrangements.' 'The CFCU representative then stated that 'funeral arrangements' may not be an acceptable reason for the wire. The male speaking to the representative then responded that he would look online for an acceptable reason for the wire. After a long pause, the male said that the reason for the wire was 'buying property.' The representative accepted that reason and initiated the wire transfer to Pakistan.'" (Luke Rosiak, "Wasserman Schultz's IT Aide Arrested At Airport After Transferring $300k To Pakistan From House Office," The Daily Caller , 7/25/17)

Included In That Transfer Was $165,000 That The Awan's Obtained Through An Allegedly Fraudulent Loan Earlier That Month. "The criminal complaint against Mr. Awan alleged that he and his wife, Hina Alvi, had conspired to defraud the Congressional Federal Credit Union by claiming on a $165,000 loan application in January that a property they owned was their primary residence when it was actually being rented out. The money was then included as part of a $283,000 wire transfer to Pakistan, according to the affidavit." (Nicholas Fandos, "Trump Fuels Intrigue rrounding A Former I.T. Worker's Arrest," The New York Times , 7/28/17)

Awan And His Wife Recently Withdrew Their Children From School. "Imran and Hina recently withdrew their children from their schools, according to members of the Holly Elementary and Lorton Station Middle school communities." (Luke Rosiak, "Sources: Democratic Aide Suspected Of Major Security Breach Under Government Protection In Pakistan," The Daily Caller , 5/22/17)

The Couple Also Listed Their Properties For Sale. "Multiple people said Hina told them she was headed to Pakistan where the family has significant property. Real estate records show Hina listed both the Lorton house and an apartment she owns for sale." (Luke Rosiak, "Sources: Democratic Aide Suspected Of Major Security Breach Under Government Protection In Pakistan," The Daily Caller , 5/22/17)

In May 2017, Awan's Wife, Also A Subject Of The Investigation, Flew With Her Children To Pakistan Where The Family Has Significant Assets

Hina Alvi, A Suspect In An Investigation Into A Major Security Breach On The House Of Representatives Computer Network, Has "Abruptly" Flown To Pakistan Where Her Family Has "Significant Assets And VIP-Level Protection." "A criminal suspect in an investigation into a major security breach on the House of Representatives computer network has abruptly left the country and gone to Pakistan, where her family has significant assets and VIP-level protection, a relative and others told The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group." (Luke Rosiak, "Sources: Democratic Aide Suspected Of Major Security Breach Under Government Protection In Pakistan," The Daily Caller , 5/22/17)

  • Imran Awan's Wife Was Allowed To Travel To Pakistan, Even After Police At The Airport Found $12,000 In Cash Hidden In Her Suitcase. "His wife has already fled the country to Pakistan, after police confronted her at the airport and found $12,000 in cash hidden in her suitcase but did not stop her from boarding, court documents show." (Luke Rosiak, "Wasserman Schultz's IT Aide Arrested By FBI On Way To Pakistan After $300K Wire," The Daily Signal , 7/26/17)

On July 24, 2017 Imran Awan Was Arrested And Charged With Bank Fraud While Trying To Join His Family In Pakistan

On July 24, 2017, Imran Awan Was Arrested Trying To Board A Flight To Pakistan Where His Wife And Children Had Already Fled. "Awan was arrested Monday evening at Dulles International Airport in Virginia before boarding a flight to Lahore, Pakistan. His wife, Hina Alvi, had earlier left the country for Pakistan, along with their children. Federal agents do not believe Alvi has any intention of returning to the U.S., according to a court document." (Heather Caygle and John Bresnahan, "Wasserman Schultz Aide Arrested Trying To Leave The Country," Politico , 7/25/17)

  • Federal Agents Believe Imran's Wife Had No Intention Of Returning To The U.S. "Federal agents do not believe Alvi has any intention of returning to the U.S., according to a court document." (Heather Caygle and John Bresnahan, "Wasserman Schultz Aide Arrested Trying To Leave The Country," Politico , 7/25/17)

Awan Was Accused Of Attempting To Defraud The Congressional Federal Credit Union By Obtaining A $165,000 Home Equity Loan For A Rental Property, He Later Sent Those Funds To Pakistan In A Wire Transfer. "Awan is accused of attempting to defraud the Congressional Federal Credit Union by obtaining a $165,000 home equity loan for a rental property, which is against the credit union's policies since it is not the owner's primary residence. Those funds were then included as part of a wire transfer to two individuals in Faisalabad, Pakistan." (Heather Caygle and John Bresnahan, "Wasserman Schultz Aide Arrested Trying To Leave The Country," Politico , 7/25/17)

He Was Charged With Bank Fraud, Which Appears To Be A Placeholder For Future Charges As It Does Not Mention His Work For Congress Which Is The Primary Focus Of The Investigation. "The affidavit says he was charged with bank fraud involving fraudulently taking out mortgages, which was one of several financial schemes The Daily Caller News Foundation 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." (Luke Rosiak, "Wasserman Schultz's IT Aide Arrested By FBI On Way To Pakistan After $300K Wire," The Daily Signal , 7/26/17)

  • The Investigation Into The Awan Family Was Initiated By U.S. Capitol Police Looking Into Allegations From House Lawmakers. "The tale more or less began six months ago, when investigators for the United States Capitol Police started looking into allegations by unnamed House lawmakers that the Pakistani-Americans had executed some sort of scam." (Nicholas Fandos, "Trump Fuels Intrigue Surrounding A Former I.T. Worker's Arrest," The New York Times , 7/28/17)

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Finally Fired Awan When He Was Arrested Months Later, But Has Claimed He Was The Victim Of Profiling

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Fired Awan After He Was Arrested For Bank Fraud. " Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., has fired an IT worker who was arrested at Dulles International Airport on bank fraud charges while attempting to leave the country. Imran Awan, 37, was fired Tuesday, according to David Damron, spokesperson for Wasserman Schultz, who formerly served as chairperson of the Democratic National Committee." (Doug Stanglin, "IT Worker For Fla. Congresswoman Fired, Accused Of Bank Fraud," USA Today , 7/26/17)

A Spokeswoman For Rep. Wasserman Schultz Downplayed Awan's Role In Her Office And Said "No Charges, Evidence Or Findings From The Investigation Have Been Formally Shared With Our Office." "'Mr. Awan previously served as a part-time employee but his services have been terminated. No charges, evidence or findings from the investigation have been formally shared with our office, so we cannot comment on them,' a Wasserman Schultz spokesman said in a previous statement." (David Weigel, "Watchdog Group Asks Congress To Probe Rep. Wasserman Schultz Over Fired IT Aide," The Washington Post's Power Post, 7/31/17)

After Announcing She Would Fire Awan After His Arrest, Rep. Wasserman Schultz Said, Through A Spokesperson, That The Investigation "Over Time, Raised Troubling Concerns About Due Process, Fair Treatment And Potential Ethnic And Religious Profiling." "'After details of the investigation were reviewed with us, my office was provided no evidence to indicate that laws had been broken, which over time, raised troubling concerns about due process, fair treatment and potential ethnic and religious profiling,' Ms. Wasserman Shultz said on Thursday through a spokesman." (Nicholas Fandos, "Trump Fuels Intrigue Surrounding A Former I.T. Worker's Arrest," The New York Times , 7/28/17)


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