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FBI Takes Destroyed Hard Drives From Wasserman Schultz’s IT Aides

FBI Takes Destroyed Hard Drives From Wasserman Schultz’s IT Aides

The congresswoman remains fiercely protective of the aides.

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The Daily Caller reported that the FBI has taken the smashed hard drives from the home of Pakistani-born Imran Awan, a former IT aide that worked for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). The Capitol Police took “computer equipment tied to the Florida lawmaker.”

A source told The Daily Caller “that the FBI has joined what Politico previously described as a Capitol Police criminal probe into ‘serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network'” by Awan, his wife Hina Alvi, and his brothers Abid and Jamal.

Officials suspect these four people “accessing members’ computer networks without their knowledge and stealing equipment from Congress.”

The Equipment

Soon after the investigation started , Hina took their daughters and moved to Pakistan. The Daily Caller found that she listed her house “and an apartment she owns for sale.”

A Marine Corps veteran and his Navy Officer wife now live in the house in Lorton, VA. The veteran discovered “wireless routers, hard drives that look like they tried to destroy, laptops, [and] a lot of brand new expensive toner.” The Daily Caller continued:

The tenants called the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and, not long after, FBI agents arrived together with the Capitol Police to interview them and confiscate the equipment. The Marine spoke on condition of anonymity because of concerns for his wife’s naval career, saying she doesn’t want to be associated with a national security incident.

“It was in the garage. They recycled cabinets and lined them along the walls. They left in a huge hurry,” the Marine said. “It looks like government-issued equipment. We turned that stuff over.”

Then Imran found out and became angry when he couldn’t get back his equipment:

The Marine said Imran wanted the hard drives back so desperately that he threatened to sue the renter for stealing them.

“It was unbelievable. I don’t know where they get off thinking they’re going to sue us for items we have no obligation to hold onto,” he said.

Imran came to the house for the items “three to four times,” but the Marine wouldn’t let him enter.

“Their lawyer contacted us today via email and said we owed $350 in late charges and the items he left in the house,” the Marine said.

He noticed bizarre behavior from Imran, but it did not click until he learned about the investigation:

“When we first moved in, a mailman came with certified mail from the House of Representatives. We were trying to be nice and signed for it. They lost their shit, saying ‘why did you sign for it, this is illegal!’ It was certified from the [Chief Administrative Officer of the House],” he said.

“The postman came a second time with a certified letter and I called Imran on the spot, asking ‘what do you want me to do.’ He said ‘just send him away, I’m homeless.’ They refused to forward their mail.”

Imran’s brother Abid has also been evasive about his location, failing to provide an accurate address for delivery of court materials in a lawsuit in which he is accused of defrauding the brothers’ stepmother. Imran’s wife, Hina, has traveled to Pakistan since the probe was revealed, according to neighbors.

Wasserman Schultz

Wasserman Schultz will not fire Imran even though the authorities are investigating him. She has also demanded the Capitol Police return a laptop they seized after they found it “hidden in a vacant office.”

At a budget meeting, she threatened the Capitol Police will face “consequences” if they do not return the laptop:

“My understanding is the the Capitol Police is not able to confiscate Members’ equipment when the Member is not under investigation,” Wasserman Schultz said in the annual police budget hearing of the House Committee On Appropriations’ Legislative Branch Subcommittee.

“We can’t return the equipment,” Police Chief Matthew R. Verderosa told the Florida Democrat.

“I think you’re violating the rules when you conduct your business that way and you should expect that there will be consequences,” Wasserman Schultz said.

Wasserman Schultz has done what she can to protect Imran and even changed his title from technology administrator to advisor. One Democratic IT staffer cannot understand why the congresswoman is behaving this way:

That baffled a Democratic IT staffer, who said “I can’t imagine why she’d be that good of friends with a technology provider.”

“Usually if someone does bad stuff, an office is going to distance themselves” rather than incur political fallout for a mere staffer, he added.

UPDATE:

Wasserman Schultz Aide Arrested at Airport, Wired $300K to Pakistan

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Debbie, Debbie, Debbie. What have you gotten yourself into this time?

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Immolate. | July 24, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    “Russia, Russia, Russia”…..

    is probably what’s she’s gotten into and what she’s colluding with…..

Can’t wait for CNN and MSNBC to pounce on this!

The press wants to drone on and on about Trump and Russia, all while this fetid pile is steaming under their noses. And they wonder why nobody trusts them.

Morning Sunshine | July 24, 2017 at 11:50 am

this show might be better than the trailer!

Bucky Barkingham | July 24, 2017 at 11:53 am

Seems like DWS is in serious CYA mode here.

“I think you’re violating the rules when you conduct your business that way and you should expect that there will be consequences,” Wasserman Schultz said.

This is the part that typically leads to the point where dead bodies are found just before they are scheduled to testify before Congress.

    RITaxpayer in reply to Pasadena Phil. | July 24, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Suicided, no doubt.

      And once again, the entire “conservative” media will ignore it. Nobody wants to cover the smoking gun stories. Everyone prefers to wait for someone else to take the lead while killing time throwing stones over the wall.

      Cleetus in reply to RITaxpayer. | July 25, 2017 at 5:10 am

      Of course it would be ruled as a suicide. With three shots to the head and the first one immediately fatla, what other conclusion could be found?

    persecutor in reply to Pasadena Phil. | July 25, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Smells like she’s being blackmailed to me…and the stuff she doesn’t want public is more damning than appearing like the fool she is (and with a friendly media to stomp on the story).

Ohhhh…that incriminating expensive toner! 🙂

    4th armored div in reply to mailman. | July 24, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Raycyst doncha know

    ——————–
    Wasserman Schultz has done what she can to protect Imran and even changed his title from technology administrator to advisor. One Democratic IT staffer cannot understand why the congresswoman is behaving this way:

    That baffled a Democratic IT staffer, who said “I can’t imagine why she’d be that good of friends with a technology provider.”

    “Usually if someone does bad stuff, an office is going to distance themselves” rather than incur political fallout for a mere staffer, he added.

    ———– the question answers itself.

    where are Huma, thew MB and her sexting hubby ?

“Usually if someone does bad stuff, an office is going to distance themselves” rather than incur political fallout for a mere staffer, he added.

Gee, perhaps DWS is protecting him because he will sing like a canary when part of his anatomy gets in a vise?

The FBI, in fact the entire security apparatus of the USA appears to be compromised. It shows every sign of working for itself and not the country as a whole.

Thanks for this update. There’s precious little info from new or old media about this stinking pile of neferious activity involving these Pakistani clowns and the DNC.

Until now, it was only being investigated by the Capitol Hill police – which is weird on its face: IT breach at Congress, stolen property, foreign nationals, missing laptop with classified info, yet the Cap Police were the investigating authority??

I’m glad to see the FBI was finally called in. Perhaps now, ‘russia, russia & russia’ can be changed to ‘pakistan, pakistan & schultz.’ But I won’t hold my breathe.

    missing laptop with classified info

    Where on earth did you get this idea? There is no indication that there was anything classified on this laptop, or on any computer these criminals had access to. This is not a national security issue, it’s just an ordinary criminal investigation, so who else should be running it if not the Capitol police? Isn’t that what they’re for? I assume the FBI’s only role is in conducting seizures like this one, where the Capitol Police have no jurisdiction.

    Rick the Curmudgeon in reply to locomotivebreath1901. | July 25, 2017 at 12:39 am

    The Capitol Police are investigating because the Fort Marcy Park Police are occupied elsewhere.

buckeyeminuteman | July 24, 2017 at 2:09 pm

Obama has Valerie Jarrett
Hillary has Huma Abedin
Wasserman has Imran Awan

It’s all starting to come together now…

    What is coming together for you? What connection do you think exists between them?

      buckeyeminuteman in reply to Milhouse. | July 25, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      The connection is that all these top Dem politicians have advisers who are Middle Eastern/Muslim. Coincidentally, they have been the major belligerents around the world for the past 3 to 4 decades. Call me Islamaphobe if you want, I am terrified of them and their desire to destroy the West.

Schultz is in trouble and she knows it. Panic mode is setting in. Expect her to cut some kind of deal in the near future. Unless, of course, she gets suicided first.

    ooddballz in reply to Crusader. | July 24, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Expect her to cut some kind of deal in the near future. Unless, of course, she gets suicided first.

    Damn, now I am not sure which outcome to root for.

Democrats sure do destroy a lot of hard drives, don’t they?

    guyjones in reply to myiq2xu. | July 24, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I hear that the Dumb-o-crat National Committee is going to make substantial investments in Western Digital, Seagate, Samsung and Toshiba, in order to ensure a steady supply of hard drives for its members…

    puhiawa in reply to myiq2xu. | July 24, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Curiously, with no repercussions from the FBI or the DOJ. Almost like they were in on it. Oh wait….The FBI supervised the destruction of Clinton’s Blackberries.

“Usually if someone does bad stuff, an office is going to distance themselves” rather than incur political fallout for a mere staffer, he added.

Because they have a whole lot of information on Wasserman-Schultz” illegal doings?

Subotai Bahadur | July 24, 2017 at 3:38 pm

Democrats working with hostile foreign nationals and movements against the interests of the the country, all the while protected by the entire Federal Intelligence and Law Enforcement Apparat is the norm.

This IT fiasco is likely a far bigger and more substantive scandal than the contrived Russian “collusion” narrative being spun by the Dumb-o-crats and a compliant Leftist media. But, of course, because it involves Dumb-o-crat culpability and lax Dumb-o-crat attitudes with respect to national security (the Dumbs’ default posture vis-à-vis national security and protection of information security — what else is new?), we’ve heard nary a peep from the media and from Dumb-o-crat pols, about this.

Ah yes. The Lawrence Welk brothers, Awan and Attu….

These would be the same brothers who requested (and got) administrative level credentials for the House email server (or at least the Dem’s corner of it) with unrestricted physical access to a half-dozen or so of the highest ranked House members and their computers…

Does DWS realize how many gigabytes of email, both past and present, these guys could have scammed off the servers, with classified attachments? How many different ways they could have escalated their credentials to access other members’ emails? How many ways they could have used physical intrusion techniques on computers that access multiple (House and DNC) email systems to siphon off passwords and certificates? This kind of information could be worth tens of millions of dollars to all kinds of foreign intel operations, and cause billions of dollars worth of damage to US interests.

    Milhouse in reply to georgfelis. | July 24, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Does DWS realize how many gigabytes of email, both past and present, these guys could have scammed off the servers, with classified attachments?

    How would classified attachments have got into members’ unsecured email, or onto any computer these criminals had access to?

The IT people still had them? Lord even the geeks are idiots.

Per Chad Pergram at Fox, Imran Anwar arrested trying to flee the country.

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