The mainstream media is completely downplaying what many are considering to be the biggest security breach in American history.
Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL), is offering his support for a theory that has been circulating since the arrest of Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s former IT staffer, Imran Awan. Specifically, DeSantis is concerned that Awan was wiring large sums of money to Pakistan, a known supporter of international terrorism, reports The Washington Examiner.
Imran Awan was arrested late last month at Dulles International Airport in Virginia as he was attempting to board a plane for Pakistani. Awan informed Democrats in the House that he was visiting family in Pakistan, and he had purchased a six-month round trip ticket. Awan has been accused of defrauding a Capitol Hill credit union and sending the illegally acquired money to his wife in Pakistan.
However, Awan’s recent arrest is the culmination of a month-long investigation. Tthe FBI has uncovered a slew of oddities related to him and a number of his relatives who were employed by over two dozen Democrats in the US House of Representatives.
Awan’s wife, Hina Alvi, was stopped by police at Dulles Airport with her three children before they could board a plane headed for Qatar. Authorities searched Alvi, and discovered over $12,000 hidden in her suitcase. Police could not stop Alvi’s travel, and she has not returned to America.
While the Awans have been formally charged with bank fraud, Rep. DeSantis and others are concerned that a lot more was going on. The Awans were employed by 25 Democrats in the House until police blocked their access to House computers in February.
Despite his lack of access, Wasserman Schultz continued to employ Awan as an advisor until his arrest in July. Wasserman Schultz’s office was planning to pay Awan for the six months he was to be out of the country.
According to The Daily Caller, Awan had access to every email, confidential file, and correspondence of every congressional representative. Additionally, he repeatedly eschewed conventional practices that generate a paper trail detailing who accessed which computer files and when.
A top IT staffer explained that the Awans had complete control over the computer systems of multiple Democrats. “In effect, they are given administrative control of the Members’ computer operations. They then set up a remote access so they can connect from wherever they are and have full access to everything on the Member’s system,” the staffer said.
In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Rep. DeSantis raised a red flag about Awan’s large transfer of money to Pakistan, worrying that the recipient may have been someone in one of Pakistan’s many terrorist organizations.
“While we can never tolerate breaches of the public trust, the wire transfer to Pakistan is particularly alarming as Pakistan is home to numerous terrorist organizations,” wrote DeSantis.
“The allegations levied against Imran Awan are alarming and could have serious national security ramifications,” DeSantis continued. “The Department of Justice must work to immediately mitigate the damage done by Awan and take whatever measures are necessary, including freezing illicit funds, in order to fully investigate this incident.”