Debbie Wasserman Schultz Scandal Is Now Implicating More Democrats

  • 07/29/2017
  • Source: AAN
  • by: Remington Strelivo
The media has, for the most part, dismissed the shocking scandal that’s engulfing Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s office as bank fraud committed by one of her staff members. But it’s quickly growing into a story that could be about foreign attempts to undermine American national security.

Wasserman Schultz’s IT guy, Imran Awan, was caught trying to flee the United States for Pakistan. His wife, Tina Alvi, had already fled to Pakistan with their three daughters. The spouses had also wired $283,000 in cash to Pakistan, including a fraudulent $165,000 loan from the Congressional Federal Credit Union.

But bank fraud, while salacious, isn’t the real story: it’s become clear Awan was attempting to undermine national security. For years, Awan had access for years to the emails and electronic files of members of the House’s Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees, which Wasserman Schultz’s serves on. He also had likely had access to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s iPad, though it’s not clear why.

Awan and his family members not only accessed these emails and devises as part of their job, but also logged onto other members of Congress’s computers without their knowledge. They transferred files to remote servers and also stole congressional computer equipment, including hard drives that Awan smashed shortly before attempting to flee the country.

As the FBI continues to investigate, it’s already clear that there’s still more to come on this scandal.

Awan was paid more than $160,000 a year for his efforts—a shocking amount, considering the low salaries on Capitol Hill and the fact that most congressional IT people would be paid about $40,000. Awan also managed to get his wife, Alvi, on the House payroll—followed by two of his brother and one of their wives.

All in all, the Awan family received about $4 million in taxpayer dollars in salaries alone since 2009—in addition to money that was stolen.

Awan’s family members were fired in February, but Awan himself continued to work for Wasserman Schultz until the day he was arrested.
 Source: AAN
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