Democrat staffers in the House of Representatives are being charged by federal officials at an alarming pace.
Representative Bennie Thompson’s (D-MS) chief of staff, Issac Lanier Avant, has been indicted by federal officials for making false statements on a security form after dodging taxes. According to the Department of Justice, Avant has been accused of lying on official security forms and failing to pay income taxes between 2009 and 2013 when he earned a salary around $170,000.
Avant was already serving a prison sentence for avoiding taxes when the charges were laid.
Last November, Avant pleaded guilty to avoiding federal income taxes. He was fined $149,964, and sentenced to four months behind bars. Avant was permitted to serve his four-month sentence irregularly. Now, Avant must report to prison each weekend for a year to fulfill his four-month sentence.
Now, the Department of Justice has filed charges against Avant. Prosecutors allege that he “willfully made a false statement” on an official government security form.
On the form, Avant responded “no” to a question asking if he had failed to pay federal income taxes in “the past seven years.” Avant filled out paperwork in 2005 that claimed he was not required to pay federal taxes. According to prosecutors, Avant, “caused a form to be filed with his employer that falsely claimed he was exempt from federal income taxes.”
According to MIC.com, the White House chief of staff is often considered “the most powerful man in Washington.” While this claim is often exaggerated, in general, the chief of staff is typically one of the most important people in an elected official’s employ besides the elected official themselves.
According to the Department of Justice, Avant and Thompson have a long history together. Avant was first hired to serve in the House in 2000. He was quickly promoted to chief of staff for Thompson in 2002.
In 2006, Avant was offered additional duties. He was hired by the House Committee on Homeland Security and served as the deputy staff director and staff director for the Committee. At the time, Thompson was a member of the Homeland Security Committee. He was appointed as the Democrats’ ranking member of the Committee in 2011.
Rep. Thompson defended his aid in an official statement released Thursday, as reported by Politico.
“After learning of these accusations, I spoke to Mr. Avant and he assured me that when the proper forum is provided to him, he will fully explain this situation,” Thompson said. “Until such time, I trust that everyone will afford Mr. Avant the presumption of innocence to which all Americans are constitutionally entitled.”
Another powerful Dem indicted by federal officials. Are Dems filling the prisons?
Avant’s charges carry a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and heavy fines.
Avant is not the only Democrat staffer facing prison time. In July, Capitol Police arrested Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s (D-FL) IT Aide, Imran Awan, while he was attempting to leave America for Pakistan at the Dulles International Airport in Virginia. Imran Awan provided technical assistance to numerous Democrats in the House. He is currently facing a grand jury, as reported by Politico.
It is truly disturbing to learn about the multiple Democrat staff indictments coming to light recently.