The Daily Caller’s investigative reporter Luke Rosiak joined TheBlaze’s own Dana Loesch to discuss the developing story of the DNC IT staffer with ties to terrorist organizations.
Imran Awan is the lead suspect in a criminal probe into security breaches within the House of Representatives that was launched on February 2. Imran, who was hired in 2005, was reportedly in possession of an iPad used by then Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz around the time that DNC emails had been leaked to WikiLeaks.
As Rosiak discusses with Loesch, soon after Imran was hired, four of his family members were put onto the payroll, as well as one friend, each making the maximum amount of money you can make. Rosiak, however, believes they were likely not working there at all, but were simply ways for Imran to make more money.
“Those were most likely ghost employees,” Rosiak told Loesch. “Basically, the money was going to him and he was doing the work, but they were all making the maximum allowable salary. They were making the same thing a congressman makes, basically. So that adds up to $5 million right there.”
Interestingly, the Awans were said to have owed money to the terrorist group Hezbollah, as Rosiak previously reported.
…the Pakistani brothers controlled a limited liability corporation called Cars International A (CIA), a car dealership with odd finances, which took–and was unable to repay – a $100,000 loan from Dr. Ali Al-Attar.
Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, wrote that Attar “was observed in Beirut, Lebanon conversing with a Hezbollah official” in 2012–shortly after the loan was made. Attar has also been accused of helping provoke the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq as a leader of Iraqi dissidents opposed to Saddam Hussein.
Not only is it likely that Imram was cheating the system, he had access to top DNC leadership tech, as Rosiak writes in a report at The Daily Caller.
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.
House authorities began suspecting the Awan family, and targeted them for investigation during their search for a secret server that was funneling congressional data off-site.
Over the last six years, the individuals in question worked for some 80 members of Congress, all Democrats, including members of the homeland security, foreign affairs and intelligence committees. They worked for multiple members at once, since the offices did not require full-time IT services.
Capitol police ordered that Imram was no longer to come near House servers during the investigation, but Schultz decided to get around that by keeping Imram on a “advisory position.”
“She’s circumventing the Capitol Police’s direct orders that he’s not supposed to touch House computer systems because he is the suspect in a major criminal investigation,” Rosiak told Loesch. “So she’s having him advise remotely so he could be telling other people what to do in a way that he potentially still has access to this stuff.”
Loesch brought up the question of Schultz’s past problems with hacking, and asked why Schultz would not be taking this investigation more seriously. Rosiak responded by saying that for the Democrats, the accusations boil down to racism.
“Rep. Gregory Meeks has said he maybe thinks they’re being framed because they’re Muslim,” Rosiak answered. “But we have a police report showing that their own step-mother called the police on them, and she’s, of course, Muslim.”
“Just looking at the payroll, there’s obvious, huge red flags for nepotism,” Rosiak continued, “and the Capitol Police, of course, have their own evidence.”
“Members of Congress are being very unusually protective of these guys who are low level, non-political staffers,” he said.
This story has been developing since March 2, and this is the second time Loesch and Rosiak have discussed this story. To see the initial interview from Rosiak, follow the link here.