“Our Justice Department must not let Awan & Debbie Wasserman Schultz off the hook,” President Trump tweeted back on June 7. “The Democrat I.T. scandal is a key to much of the corruption we see today. They want to make a ‘plea deal’ to hide what is on their Server. Where is Server? Really bad!” A month later, it looks like the DOJ got what they wanted.
As Fox News reports, Imran Awan, former IT aide to congressional Democrats, “pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal bank fraud in a plea deal.” Prosecutors said they “uncovered no evidence” that Awan “violated federal law with respect to the House computer systems.”
Prosecutors said they interviewed 40 witnesses, took custody of the House Democratic Caucus server and other devices, reviewed electronic communications between House employees and questioned Awan during “multiple voluntary interviews.” They found “no evidence that your client illegally removed House data from the House network or from House Members' offices, stole the House Democratic Caucus Server, stole or destroyed House information technology equipment, or improperly accessed or transferred government information, including classified or sensitive information.”
Observers of the case could find evidence that the outcome had been rigged. Since November, the Fox report noted, “a judge postponed Awan’s court hearing in U.S. District Court six times at the request of the prosecution and defense.” As it turns out, prosecutor and defense are on the same side.
Judge Tanya S. Chutkan was once a partner in the law firm of Boies, Schiller, & Flexner, which represented Huma Abedin in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server. In 2014 POTUS 44 tapped Chutkan for the DC District Court. There Chutkan was a vocal opponent of President Trump’s travel ban and ordered the Trump administration to provide abortions to two false-documented illegals.
Judge Chutkan has been keeping the case under wraps lest it draw attention away from the Mueller probe, but there’s more to it. One of the key players is California attorney general Xavier Becerra, a former congressman once on Hillary Clinton’s short list as a running mate. As head of the House Democratic Caucus, Becerra was in charge of the server that Awan accessed. When investigators requested the server, they got only false information.
That likely prompted Becerra’s flight back to the sanctuary state of California. Chutkan conveniently delayed the previous hearing until after the June primary, which Becerra duly won. So judge Chutkan clearly had the mid-terms in mind.
Imran’s attorney, Christopher J. Gowen, is a former aide to Bill and Hillary Clinton. Gowen described Awan’s arrest as “clearly a right-wing media-driven prosecution by a United States Attorney’s Office that wants to prosecute people for working while Muslim.” There was a bit more to it, and not just bank fraud.
As Frank Miniter noted in Forbes, Imran Awan was born in Pakistan and got a green card through the immigration lottery system. Awan became a U.S. citizen in 2004 and earned an IT degree from Johns Hopkins. He did not work for any of the six officially vetted IT firms that perform work for congressional offices.
Even so, DNC boss Debbie Wasserman Schultz not only brought Awan aboard but hired his wife Hina Alvi and other family members, though none had degrees in information technology. Of all the IT people in all the companies in all the world, this was the squad the Democrats wanted.
The unvetted Awan could not possibly have qualified for a security clearance but he enjoyed access to the computers of 45 members of Congress, including members the House Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees. As Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller discovered, Awan was sometimes doing his job remotely, from Pakistan.
Awan also had a problem with women, but Democrats failed to place the Muslim on their honor roll of abusers with Al Franken and John Conyers. Awan’s brother Abid ran a fake car dealership in Virginia that “took money from a Hezbollah-linked fugitive” whose financial books were “indecipherable.”
Capitol police eventually banned Awan from the congressional computer system and a number of Democrats fired him. For her part, DNC boss Debbie Wasserman Schultz kept Awan aboard for six months, charging that he was “put under scrutiny because of his religious faith,” a victim of the “right-wing media circus.”
When Awan attempted to flee the country last July the only charge was bank fraud. Obama judge Chutkan and Clinton crony Chris Gowen kept it that way. Frank Miniter was in the courtroom Tuesday and as he explains, the “incredible sweetheart plea deal” insures that Imran “will not be charged” for any other nonviolent crimes he may have committed in Washington prior to the agreement, and even dismisses all charges against Awan’s wife Hina Alvi.
The deal did not reveal what, exactly, the unidentified “government” investigators found on the House Democratic Caucus server and “other devices” they allegedly examined. Maybe somebody else should take a closer look.
Also on Tuesday, judge Chutkan allowed Awan to remove his electronic tracking device. The Democrats former IT man is slated to be sentenced on August 21 and Gowen seeks “a probation-only sentence without fine or restitution.” The odds are strong he will get it.
The DOJ and FBI may have vast resources, but with the right connections an IT man can do just about anything and walk free. If President Trump were to tweet “really bad!” it would be hard to blame him.