Friday, May 25, 2018
Deep State and ProgDems Hide the Democrat Awan Scam but Destroy the Life of General Michael Flynn
TO END THE WEEK, THE REAL NEWS IS ABOUT HACKERS AND THE PLAN TO TRAP GENERAL FLYNN. Pakistani hackers sold the House Democrats a bill of goods, with the help of Debbie Wasserman Schultz. And Spygate is opening a huge door onto the real nature of the Obama team's use of intelligence for political purposes, including not only trying to impeach President Trump but also to trap his national security advisor Genral Michael Flynn. These stories are being hushed up by the media and Democrats in Congress while they rant on, giving the Fake News version of the Obama admin's spying on the Trump campaign. • • • THE AWAN GANG DUPED HOUSE DEMOCRATS. And they were being paid while doing it. • The Daily Caller (TheDCNF) reported on Thursday that : "The House IG said Democratic IT aides made unauthorized access to data, but prosecutors haven’t charged them. Democrats appear to want to keep the case out of court; a trial could expose their reckless IT practices. Capitol Police didn’t make arrests despite numerous red flags and then ‘inadvertently’ gave evidence to defense attorneys that was supposed to go to prosecutors. Prosecutors appear to be sharing info with someone on Capitol Hill who is leaking details to the hacking suspect’s lawyer. The Capitol Police turned over a trove of evidence in the alleged Imran Awan House cyberbreach and theft case to the defense attorneys when they were supposed to deliver it to prosecutors instead, according to court documents and a source. And hours after TheDCNF asked prosecutors about the disclosure, Awan’s lawyer said he had learned of the forthcoming story from a source on Capitol Hill. TheDCNF had not told anyone other than prosecutors about it." TDCNF explained how Awan's attorney got documents meant for prosecution attorneys : "The cop came to [Awan defense attorney] Chris Gowen’s office with a stack of papers...Then he came back and said, ‘I thought you guys were the other party.’ He was very, very angry. But Gowen made copies,” the source, who’s familiar with The Awans, told TheDCNF. • Here is the Wikipedia account of Awan's rise and fall -- Imran Awan was born 1980 in Pakistan. He worked as a shared IT employee for Democrats in the House of Representatives for 13 years. He was involved in multiple investigations in 2017, and is currently awaiting trial on charges of bank fraud. He won a green card for himself and his family in the green card lottery when he was 14. After emigrating to the US in 1997, Awan worked at a fast-food restaurant while attending community college, then transferred to Johns Hopkins University where he earned a degree in information technology. He became a US citizen in 2004. Awan started working on Capitol Hill in January 2004 as an information technology director for Robert Wexler. His wife Hina Alvi, his two brothers, a sister in law, and two friends also worked as congressional information technology staffers. Awan's work as a shared employee provided technical support for 25 other House Democrats. In 2009, Pakistani farmers alleged that Awan registered fraud cases against them to pressure them to drop their potential cases for reasons unknown against Awan's father. In March 2016, House auditors noticed some purchases for computer equipment were broken into multiple parts below $500, and left off the House inventory. Some of this equipment was delivered to the Awan brothers' house. On February 2, 2017, the Sergeant-at-Arms briefed top staffers for members of Congress that the US Capitol Police was conducting an active criminal investigation into the actions of five IT House employees -- four men and a woman -- who were being investigated allegations of procurement scam and violating the House IT network rules. Subsequently, it was also revealed to the general public that there was an ongoing investigation. These five employees were barred from the computer networks at the House of Representatives. Later Awan, his wife, Hina Alvi, his two brothers and his friend were named as the five IT staffers being investigated. Given the suspected violations, most of the Congress members terminated Awan's services, BUT Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz continued to employ Awan in an advisory role. On March 5, 2017, the FBI and Capitol Police stopped Awan's wife, Hina Alvi, at Washington Dulles International Airport. They allowed her and her three children to get on the flight to Lahore. On July 24, 2017, the FBI and US Capitol Police arrested Awan at Dulles Airport. He had previously purchased a ticket to Lahore, Pakistan, with a return flight in January 2018. Awan was arraigned the following day and pleaded not guilty to one count of bank fraud. He was ordered to surrender his passports, abide by a curfew, and wear a GPS device. Wasserman Schultz fired Awan on July 25 after learning about his arrest. On August 17, 2017, a federal grand jury, convened in US District Court in the District of Columbia, indicted Awan and his wife on four counts, including conspiracy, making false statements, bank fraud, and unlawful monetary transactions. They were charged with conspiring to obtain home equity loans for $165,000 and $120,000 from the Wright Patman Congressional Federal Credit Union in Oakton, Virginia and transferring the money to Pakistan. In January 2017, the couple had wired $283,000 from Alvi's credit union checking account to two individuals in Faisalabad. The indictment made no mention of an investigation related to procurement theft. On September 1, 2017, Awan pleaded not guilty to all of these charges. • Awan, three relatives and a friend ran IT for 20% of House Democrats and could read all their emails and files until they were banned on February 2, 2017, for “numerous violations of House security policies.” The violations alleged by the House Office of Inspector General include logging into the House Democratic Caucus server thousands of times without authorization. This allegedly occurred during the same period in 2016 the DNC was hacked. TheDCNF reported that prosecutor Michael Marando alluded to the disclosure of evidence in court on October 6, 2017 : “Earlier this week, there was the inadvertent disclosure of law enforcement materials to defense counsel,” Marando told the judge. “There may be a motion on that.” • Another disclosure may have occurred after TheDCNF emailed the Office of the US Attorney for the District of Columbia for comment on this story. Three hours afterthe US Attorney's spokesman Bill Miller was contacted, Gowen, the Awan attorney, emailed TheDCNF : “I hear you are writing another article about me -- I assume you don’t want to fact check it?” Gowen wrote. “From what I hear, you have it totally wrong as usual.” TheDCNF had not told anyone other than the spokesman about an upcoming story involving Gowen. TheDCNF followed up with Miller to ask if prosecutors had provided that information to Gowen. Miller responded : “I’m not going to get into what we do internally,” but “I really don’t know why that would be the case,” Miller told TheDCNF. “I communicate with the prosecutors regularly when I get media inquiries.” Gowen -- a former aide to Hillary Clinton -- said he learned of the story through someone on Capitol Hill. “I have been told by my source on the Hill,” he said. If true, TheDCNF says this would imply congressional staff, or possibly even members, are feeding information to the attorney of a hacking suspect. • • • DEMOCRATS SILENT ABOUT AWAN. Awan exclusively worked for Democrats, including Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who formerly headed the DNC and whose brother is an assistant US attorney in the DC office. Republicans have told TheDCNF they’ve been led to believe they must stay out of the investigation. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said, “I don’t want to get into the details of a police investigation.” But, Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, have been charged with bank fraud for gathering $300,000 and wiring it to Pakistan. Prosecutors said “based on the suspicious timing of that transaction, Awan and Alvi likely knew they were under investigation at” the time they made that transfer. It could be an offense punishable by jail time for Awan if he sought help from members. Any former senior congressional staffer, who “within 1 year after the termination of that employment,” communicates with his former office to “seek...action by a Member, officer, or employee” can be jailed for a year. Awan and his brothers were among the highest-paid in Congress. Gowen said the evidence inadvertently disclosed to his office was a copy of a laptop Awan’s former tenant, Laurel Everly, turned in to the Capitol Police in hopes of seeing whether Awan had hacked her. Everly previously complained of her landlord’s allegedly suspicious behavior and called him an “extortionist.” Gowen told TheDCNF : “I was told there was nothing on it and was a giant waste of time, and the laptop was returned.” Prosecutors make their excuses, writing on On October 6, 2017 : “During the course of this voluminous discovery, the Government might inadvertently produce material that is not subject to the Government’s discovery obligations or that was not intended to be produced in a particular form. In such circumstances, the Government requests that the Proposed Protective Order require the defendant to return all copies of such material to the Government.” Gowen didn’t tell TheDCNF whether he returned all the material when TheDCNF asked. nd now, according to TheDCNF, prosecutors said in court documents filed on May 3 that the “parties are currently exploring a possible resolution of” the criminal charges against Imran. • Some fellow IT aides in the House who say they have knowledge of misconduct involving Awan -- and in some cases, his relationship with members -- have expressed to TheDCNF reluctance to come forward, citing their fears that prosecutors will not pursue the leads vigorously and that the Awans and Democrats will learn about their allegations and become angered. • Chris Farrell, the director of investigations for Judicial Watch, said the disclosures are “disgraceful and amateurish. What were the consequences for this misconduct? Who was disciplined or fired?. Farrell added that Capitol Police’s role appears to be “to bury, constrain and minimize the Awan case” and points to the need for “a legitimate, full investigation by a competent law enforcement agency.” The House’s Inspector General -- an internationally renowned cybersecurity expert according to The DCNF -- found that the Awans made “unauthorized access” to House servers, were taking data off the House network and were covering their tracks. • The investigation is now in the hands of prosecutors, the FBI and Capitol Police, but more than a year later, no one has been charged with anything in the IG reports. A senior Republican congressional official with direct knowledge of the probe told TheDCNF : “The only reason you’re not seeing charges is because the Democrats who employed him are not cooperating.” Prosecutors have said they have turned over “voluminous discovery” to Awan and his lawyers. A court filing shows that documents turned over include a copy of the hard drive of a government laptop with the username RepDWS -- placing the contents of a government computer in Awan’s hands even though he was banned from the House computer network as a security risk. It is unclear to TheDCNF why prosecutors would give over evidence in the House matter because Awan and Alvi have not been charged with any wrongdoing in the cyber probe. Defendants are entitled to evidence to defend themselves against specific charges in court. Further, Capitol Police declined to execute search warrants on the Awans’ homes when the chief administrative officer notified the Committee on House Administration in December 2016 that the House Democratic Caucus server -- at the time a key piece of evidence in the cybersecurity probe -- had disappeared. Police told Capitol Hill staff in June 2017 that they had no plans to conduct any more interviews -- even though many of Awan’s colleagues in House IT told TheDCNF that they believed they had knowledge of wrongdoing but were never approached. Despite that, Administration Chairman Gregg Harper continued to defer to prosecutors, telling TheDCNF in April 2018 that “this is still in the hands of the Department of Justice.” • Republicans on Capitol Hill told TheDCNF that, despite Democrats publicly saying they abhor cyberbreaches such as the DNC hack, prosecutors may be bowing to Democrats’ wishes to avoid a trial at which members of Congress would be forced to testify about their relationship with the Awans and the IG’s allegation many failed to take cybersecurity seriously in their own offices. • • • WHICH HOUSE MEMBERS' IT DID THE AWANS MANAGE? The Awans and their associates collected more than $5 million in pay from congressional offices, often drawing chief-of-staff level pay, although TheDCNF says there is reason to believe many didn't even show up. The House's internal probe found they logged into servers they had no affiliation with, used members' usernames, covered their tracks, and persisted even after being fired. The following current and past House members' emails were read during one time period or another, according to Daily Caller's study of House payrolls, using Legistorm.com -- all are Democrats : PAST -- Gregory Meeks, Kendrick Meek, Robert Wexler, Brad Ashford, Melissa Bean, Xavier Becerra, Chris Bell, Baron Hill, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Jim Costa, Hilda Solis; Ron Klein, Joe Donnelly, Ben Chandler, Rahm Emanuel, Martin Heinrich, Gabrielle Giffords, Debbie Halvorson, Henry Waxman, Gwen Graham, Tammy Duckworth; PRESENT : Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Sandy Levin, Tim Ryan, John Sarbanes, Yvette Clarke, Dave Loebsack, Diana DeGette, Jackie Speier, Marcia Fudge, Frederica Wilson, John Carney, Cedric Richmond, Karen Bass, Emanuel Cleaver, Ted Deutch, Ron Barber, Patrick Murphy, Joe Garcia, Joyce Birdson Beatty, Lois Frankel, Mark Takano, Dan Kildee, Julia Brownley, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Kyrsten Sinema, Tony Cardenas, Robin Kelly, Joaquin Castro, Katherine Clark, Hakeem Jeffries, Joe Crowley, Andre Carson, Pete Aguilar, Ted Lieu, Seth Moulton, Jacky Rosen, Donald McEachin, Charlie Crist, Stephanie Murphy, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Darren Michael Soto. • Watch for these names in the mid-terms. • • • WAS THERE MORE TO THE AWAN SCAM? Fox News wrote on May 4 : "The federal court case against Imran Awan, the former IT aide to congressional Democrats, has been hit with repeated delays over the last six months -- a situation fueled by allegations in the media that, according to his attorney, have piqued the curiosity of prosecutors. Since November, a judge has postponed Awan’s court hearing in US District Court five times at the request of the prosecution and defense. The latest postponement came Thursday, when the judge pushed Friday’s scheduled hearing to June 7. In an interview Thursday with Fox News, Awan’s attorney, Christopher J. Gowen, blamed the delays on the steady stream of allegations against Awan that have been published online, especially by The Daily Caller, and pushed by President Trump and Republican members of Congress. The reports suggest Awan, who worked for former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and others, could have been involved in a cyber breach operation, something his legal team vigorously denies. Gowen -- who argues his client is a victim of 'made up allegations' -- said federal prosecutors have repeatedly asked them to provide information in response to these stories. The defense has been cooperative in turning over 'evidence, documentation,' Gowen said, but the process has slowed the case. 'We are trying to be as helpful as possible to law enforcement to provide them any information or access they need,' Gowen said. • The Fox News report on May 4 also stated that : " 'The parties are currently exploring a possible resolution of this matter,' prosecutors wrote. 'Therefore, the parties are requesting additional time in which to explore that resolution.' A grand jury in August returned an indictment in the US District Court for the District of Columbia charging Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, with a total of four counts, which included federal bank fraud and conspiracy. Awan has pleaded not guilty to all charges. The facts of the case on paper are relatively mundane. Awan and his wife are facing allegations they engaged in a conspiracy to obtain home equity lines of credit from the Congressional Federal Credit Union by giving false information about two properties -- and sending the proceeds to individuals in Pakistan. But the case has drawn interest from Republican lawmakers because of Awan’s role for prominent Democrats and the access he had to sensitive data. The Daily Caller has published numerous news stories suggesting Awan inappropriately accessed congressional servers while working for Democrats." Awan' attorney Gowen said : “I know that my client did not have access to any confidential or security clearance documents.” Gowen also took aim at President Trump, who has tweeted about the case and referred to Awan as “the Pakistani mystery man.” President Trump also mentioned Awan in a New York Times story last year, saying : “Whatever happened to this Pakistani guy who worked with the DNC?” • The broader case surrounding Awan also has put renewed scrutiny on Wasserman Schultz for keeping Awan on the payroll for months, even after a criminal investigation was revealed and he was barred from the House IT network. Most lawmakers fired Awan in February 2017, but Wasserman Schultz had kept him on until his arrest in July. Fox News says : "Prosecutors have warned that Awan is a 'flight risk' and could flee to Pakistan if a judge approves his request to lift 'all of the conditions of his release.'....Wasserman Schultz has blamed the 'right-wing media circus fringe' for the attention on Awan, suggesting it's all part of an effort to distract from the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign and possible ties to Trump's team." • You will find wery little about the Awan case in the mainstream media because it and the ProgDems are seeking to keep the lid on the case and its possible national security ramifications, as well as its highlighting of the lax security surrounding congressional Democrat IT. • • • GENERAL FLYNN'S PLEA DEAL SCAM IS ALSO NOT IN MAINSTREAM MEDIA. The Gateway Pundit wrote last week that former NYC Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik is weighing in on the Flynn plea bargain. Kerik believes Mueller was pressing Michael Flynn to take a plea deal so the Special Counsel would not be caught in their lies and corruption. Kerik tweeted : " That was the purpose of forcing him into the plea... to avoid a review of discovery. They never anticipated this information would become public." • Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley recently sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein stating that former FBI Director James Comey testified that the FBI didn’t think General Flynn lied. Gateway Pundit wrote : "Grassley also revealed Joe Pientka was the second FBI agent who joined Peter Strzok on January 24th, 2017 in an ambush style interview to take down General Flynn. Grassley is demanding the FBI and DOJ produce the transcript of Flynn’s intercepted calls with Russian Ambassador Kislyak and the Mike Flynn interview 302’s by May 25th. 302’s are reports FBI agents take to summarize an interview with a subject. The newly unredacted portion of the House Intel report revealed Comey testified to House Intel members the FBI agents who ambushed Flynn did not detect any deception. • On May 12, Nick Short of the Twitter Security Studies Group tweeted about investigative journalist Sara Carter’s report on the latest revelations that Michael Flynn did not lie during interview with FBI agents. Nick Short@PoliticalShort tweeted : "Flynn didn't lie; Second FBI agent in Flynn interview revealed." • AND, Joseph Flynn, Michael Flynn’s brother, then tweeted out this bombshell in response to Nick Short’s tweet : “I will remind everyone that he plead guilty prior to all of this information came out...different situation entirely now.” • It certainly does. And, it changes everything for wpecial counsel Robert Mueller, in particular. His 'Get-Trump' house of cards is collapsing. Not only does the newly unredacted portion of the House Intel report reveal that Comey testified to House Intel members the FBI agents who ambushed Flynn did not detect any deception. The report also reveals that the illegal leak of Flynn’s phone call with Russian Ambassador Kislyak is what allowed the FBI/DOJ to keep a counterintel operation open on General Flynn. Chairman Grassley is now demanding answers from the FBI and DOJ. • Here is what Senator Grassley in his letter to the FBI and DOJ demands they produce by May 25 : "Accordingly, no later than May 25, 2018, please provide: 1. The information requested in our February 15, 2017 letter, including the transcripts of the reportedly intercepted calls and any FBI reports summarizing them; and 2. The FBI agents’ 302s memorializing their interview of Flynn and 1A supporting docs, including the agents’ notes. In addition, please make Special Agent Joe Pientka available for a transcribed interview with Committee staff no later than one week following the production of the requested documents." • A US official told Gateway Puindit : “There’s a lot these agents can reveal about that day and what (former FBI Deputy Director Andrew) McCabe’s role was in all of it. McCabe was apparently trying to find a reason, any reason, to make it look like Flynn was lying. But the truth of the matter is -- no one thought he lied, not even the agent that hated Trump.” Comey continues to contradict his testimony as he travels around on his book tour. According to Gateway Pundit, Comey has told Bret Baier, George Stephanopoulos and Chuck Todd conflicting statements about General Flynn’s interview with FBI agents, using weasel words like ‘not to my recollection’ or ‘I don’t remember intending to say that.’ " • As far back as April 3, Representative Ron DeSantis told Fox Business News' Maria Bartiromo and FOX News analyst Jason Chaffetz about Imran Awan, the Pakistani IT technician who worked for more than 40 House Democrats and is accused of committing severe cyber breaches and drawing unusually high salaries for his relatives. DeSantis said : "I think the House leadership has not wanted any of us to get involved with investigating this. But the number of issues that are outstanding from this are really, really troubling. Some of the Awan family were getting paid a six-figure salary and not even showing up. One of the guys was working at McDonald's. They had this kind of fake car rental outfit. They're going back and forth to Pakistan. Imran Awan had associations with a Hezbollah-linked figure in Iraq. They're sending money overseas. And yet this is all just going on, and no one was asking questions. You also have to look at the conduct of these Democratic members of the Congress. Why did they let this happen? Was there some underlying reason why the Awans were basically given free rein to run a scheme inside the Congress where they're getting paid for no-show jobs and they have basically, unadulterated access to these members' servers?" • Jason Chaffetz had spoken with a Daily Caller reporter about the scandal, in which 44 Democrats bypassed a background check, and consequently there was a major breach of data. Chaffetz asked DeSantis, his former House colleague : "Is the oversight committee, is anything happening in Congress to hold Debbie Wasserman Schultz accountable on this?" DeSantis answered : "Oh, I wish the oversight committee were looking at it. This is something that I think needs to be dealt with. I've requested the ability to do that....And yet this was all just going on, and no one was asking questions. And so, yes, I think that you obviously need to figure out what damage was done by the Awans. We know there was a massive data breach. What extent did that happen? Was it tied in with any nefarious influences overseas? You also have to look at the conduct of these Democratic members of the Congress. Why did they let this happen? • Bartiromo had interviewed Luke Rosiak, the Daily Caller investigative reporter who wrote the long Awan exposé. Rosiak told her : "Why are the members ignoring this? I mean this is the biggest story that you never hear about. It's a hack on the Congress by foreigners, and the Democrats didn't care about it, they didn't stop it. These are the same people who are talking constantly about cyber breaches in Russia, and if you care about one, you've got to care about the other. Are members concerned are they being blackmailed? Are members concerned that if they speak out about this guy they testify against these guys and then lock them up. These guys have something on them. When Bartiromo asked DeSantis about this, he said : "There is no good explanation or at least no obviously innocent explanation for this. This just should not have happened, and the amount of information that was accessed is really, really troubling. Incidentally too, I mean, you know, we talk about some of the issues that Congress is dealing with about, you know, sexual harassment, treatment of women. Well, Imran Awan, he was involved with all kinds of stuff that was really, really bad in his personal life. These are things that would have been discovered had they done the proper background investigation. And so this thing really, really stinks. There is an ongoing criminal probe, and Awan's been indicted. We've gotten a couple of briefings from the Justice Department, but we haven't gotten enough information to really know whether they're really significantly following through on all the different angles. I mean you could just hit Awan on some minor charge and then move on. Or you can say how does this play in to this broader issue in the Congress, which members may have been culpable, and are you really going to do a serious investigation? I can't tell you that that investigation is going on. I think it should, I wish it were. But I don't know for a fact that it is." • BUT, General Flynn has been convicted of lying by special counsel Mueller even though it seems pretty clear that nobody in the FBI who interviewed him, or Director Comey, thought he was lying. Flynn has lost his reputation and his life's savings on lawyers who should not have been needed. He is a ruined man, despite his innocence. That is the work of the corrupt leadership of the Obama FBI and DOJ and their point man, Robert Mueller. • • • DEAR READERS, American Thinker's Michael James got it absolutely right on Friday when he wrote about the Spygate scandal that shows these political gangsters trying to implant spies in the Trump campaign in order to use the relayed illegal intel to defeat Trump politically : "With word that the Obama administration imbedded one, and possibly two, spies within the Trump campaign arrives a semi-new appellation for a government scandal: Spygate....There is a wide band of gentle and wise Americans who recognize that almost every word James Clapper and John Brennan say is an obfuscating lie. They know that Comey is in on the lie and that Mueller is trying to perpetuate the lie. Our absurd press dives into the muddle by claiming that the plant was put in place to protect Trump. That is a lie barren of logic and rationality -- the axiomatic whopper. Some protection -- Trump has been the target of investigations from the moment he took office. Boys, do you really think intelligent Americans are buying this shipment of hooey?" • Michael James has the right answer, telling the boys : "It's time to get it all off your chest. Americans know you abused your power in an effort to destroy a legally elected President of the United States. You turned your back on all permissible precedent. You abandoned any sense of morality and decency as you ran roughshod over the American people. You might not like it, but our votes count, and we will be heard....We know that the Democratic Party still carries enough clout to keep these lads out of prison, and we know that the gargantuan monster of government bureaucracy is always reluctant to punish insiders who abuse their power. The preferred option is an overgenerous retirement package. Lois Lerner is a good example of how government swindlers are punished. But that train is leaving the station. There are limits as to how much corruption Americans will accept....Conservative America has been scorned and subject to a growing level of accepted hate since 1973; we have achieved total saturation with elites who claim the moral high ground and then covertly stoop to despicable use of our institutions. Americans are not the bad guys; they never were. Boys, somewhere along your perverse route of 'public service,' you became the bad guys. You are the black hats who shoot up the rights of others to steal an election, to steal away a president, and to steal democratic principles from a nation. You are the enemies of freedom and liberty." • James says : "Coming clean is the best option. They should grab it while the grabbing is good. As one of these stooges said, it's like taking out an insurance policy." • My suggestion is to start with General Michael Flynn -- demand that Mueller reverse his plea bargain decision and clear General Flynn of all charges, followed by a payment to compensate him for his losses related to the unjust prosecution and a hefty payment of what a court would punitive damages -- a monetary award meant to dissuade such illegal acts in the future. It is the least America can do for a patriotic military Intel giant who was trapped in the ProgDem web of evil.