Is Attorney General Jeff Sessions helping the Democrats cover up a scandal that could “demolish” the Russia narrative? One reporter thinks so now that Imran Awan, the former tech guy for former DNC head Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, is being given a reprieve
Awan, regular readers might remember, was arrested at Washington Dulles Airport trying to fly back to his native Pakistan one day after smashed hard drives were recovered from his home by federal officials. He was charged, along with his wife, with bank fraud and conspiracy in the matter.
However, the case has been subject to repeated delays and seems to have mysteriously disappeared from the radar of practically anyone but investigative reporter Luke Rosiak with The Daily Caller. As a plea deal seems to be imminent, Rosiak has noted that Awan has been hiding assets and that his former business partner claims that data was given to the Pakistanis government by the Awan family, among other claims.
Rosiak claims that Awan may be behind a second data breech that hit the DNC before the election — something that could seriously damage the “Russia collusion” narrative for the Democrats.
“There was a second hack that occurred the same week that the DNC was breeched, the same week that WikiLeaks started putting up those DNC emails,” Rosiak said in an appearance on Lou Dobbs’ Fox Business Network show Tuesday. “The House of Representatives inspector general briefed that there was this ongoing hack by Pakistanis who the Democrats have hired as IT guys.”
That, obviously, would be the Awan family. Now, Rosiak says Awan is being protected for political reasons.
“Obviously, they would have been arrested (off) the bat, obviously,” Rosiak said. “But think back, that Russia narrative they just decided to start pitching that very week. You know how tenuous it is, how backed by nothing it is.
“You throw into the mix arrests of Pakistanis hired by Democrats and unvetted for a similar hack at the identical time, the narrative about Russia would have been impossible to secure. And that’s all they care about is the narrative.”
Dobbs was frustrated that we didn’t see the Trump administration DOJ taking more action on this. Instead, as Fox News had reported, Awan may be offered a plea deal from the looks of things.
“The parties are currently exploring a possible resolution of this matter,” prosecutors wrote in a June 3 filing before a district judge in Washington. “Therefore, the parties are requesting additional time in which to explore that resolution.”
Check out the Dobbs-Rosiak interview here. (Rosiak’s “covering up” charge comes about the 5:10 mark.)
“Where is the Justice Department now? Why in the world aren’t we hearing about this from Jeff Sessions?” Dobbs asked.
“What it is, is that the handling of this case disproves the entire Russia narrative,” Rosiak responded. “They don’t care about hacking, they don’t care about foreign meddling. What they did in this case is knowingly allow the United States government to be hacked by Pakistanis for six months until right after the election so that they could peddle a phony narrative.”
Rosiak was even willing to go far enough to say that “what the Democrats did here is treason. They allowed the United States to continuously be hacked by the bad guys so that they could spin this Russia narrative.”
That’s a bit of a jump, but not as much of leap as one might hope. The Democrats have been willing to shield Awan nearly continuously, with Wasserman Schultz, the Florida Democrat, going as far as to label speculation over Awan before his arrest “Islamophobia.”
In spite of the fact that the Awan family were suspects in this hacking, Rosiak reports they had access to the House of Representatives’ computer network until Feb. 2, 2017 — nearly two weeks after Donald Trump was inaugurated. He also reported that physical evidence in the case kept disappearing — except, of course, for the laptop with the user name “RepDWS” which was left in a phone booth in the House Rayburn by Awan. We also know that Awan had all the passwords to Debbie Wasserman Schutz’s devices, as proved by the emails posted by WikiLeaks.
This is what a member of academia might call “problematic.”
Yet, these are the guys that the Justice Department seems more or less willing to pursue a plea deal with. I’d like to believe that the DOJ knows a bit more than I do about Awan’s level of culpability in this matter, but Rosiak’s reporting seems to indicate this is a case they might want to pursue with all due urgency instead of just going for a plea deal.
And Rosiak isn’t mincing his words about what’s really going on:
“The DOJ, under Jeff Sessions, is covering up a scandal that exposes the entire Russia narrative as a hoax,” he told Dobbs. “It is within Jeff Sessions’ power to demolish this Russia narrative once and for all, charge the Pakistanis with hacking Congress, and expose the Democrats’ hypocrisy and negligence… This case is open and shut, and Jeff Sessions is refusing to bring the charges.”
It’s a disturbing accusation.
Unless Awan can somehow provide the United States some evidence about the hack that leads to bigger things (preferably back in Pakistan or with the initials DWS) , this is a very big fish to simply let swim back into the lake with a mere plea deal.