Some Democrats have a lot of explaining to do. Whether such explanations will be demanded in court remains to be seen. But their employment of individuals to handle confidential congressional computer systems for years before these people’s alleged criminal acts were discovered doesn’t look good for people like Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
One simple question that could be asked is why Wasserman Schultz and her Democratic colleagues could not or chose not to find Americans to do this work for them. This IT work involved at least highly confidential or perhaps classified materials, yet they hired Pakistanis to do this work – folks from a nation rife with terrorists and Islamic jihadists. Now that does not make these employees terrorists, but it is a question worth asking.
Likely conspiracies and awkward questions for Wasserman Schultz and her Democratic colleagues aside, former staffer Imran Awan and his wife have been indicted on multiple counts of fraud. Now the whole thing is fully in the public view as this case will be covered by the press, although perhaps not with the vigor that one would hope. Nevertheless, it cannot be ignored. Neither can the possibility of the Democrats who employed these Muslim IT staffers being called as witnesses be discounted either.
As Fox News reports, “[t]he federal case against Imran Awan, a former IT aide for Democratic Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, expanded Thursday with an indictment on four counts including conspiracy and making false statements.
“He originally was charged with a single bank fraud count; his wife Hina Alvi also was indicted Thursday.
“The grand jury decision in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia comes roughly a month after Awan was arrested at Dulles airport in Virginia trying to board a plane to Pakistan, where his family is from.
“Awan and other IT aides for House Democrats have been on investigators’ radar for months over concerns of possible double-billing, alleged equipment theft, and access to sensitive computer systems. Most lawmakers fired Awan in February, but Schultz had kept him on until his arrest in July.”
This was not an insignificant sized group of IT staffers, and another oddity is that many were related. In fact, as indictments were handed down, individuals who are are related were indicted. So it gives the uncomfortable appearance that a real conspiracy was in progress here. Given that these IT staffers were in these positions for several years and were paid millions by the government for their work, how did all of this get past these congresspersons?
There are so many questions that cry out for answers here. Perhaps the foremost is why Pakistani nationals, people who come from a nation filled with radical Islamic jihadists were hired in the first place over Americans who could more easily have been vetted before hiring. Then there is the question as to why Wasserman Schultz kept Awan on her staff until he was arrested while her colleagues fired him months before.
Answers must be provided to these questions during court proceedings.
“Awan and other family members for years had a lucrative arrangement for IT-related work on Capitol Hill for House Democrats. According to The Daily Caller, the members of the Pakistani family made at least $4 million since 2009.”
That’s a tidy little sum of money. So there’s another question screaming for an answer. Why did the congresspersons pay this family so much of the taxpayers money?
“In a recent interview published in the Sun Sentinel, Wasserman Schultz blamed the ‘right-wing media circus fringe’ for the attention on Awan.”
Without prejudging the case, you can rather much guarantee that when a Democrat hauls out the “vast right wing conspiracy” explanation or some permutation of it to try to deflect attention or blame, that that Democrat is getting desperate. That phrase is so worn out that its use is a red flag.
“The former head of the Democratic National Committee [Wasserman Shultz] suggested it’s all part of an effort to distract from the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign and possible ties to President Trump’s team.
“‘Any opportunity they can to pull people’s eyes and ears away from that they take,’ Wasserman Schultz told the newspaper.”
Right. Now she’s going to blame it on the Russians and President Trump’s campaign staff’s alleged contacts with Russian interests. She does give the impression of someone who is engaging in acts of desperation.
If there is nothing to all of these allegations again Awan and his family members, what’s wrong with her just saying something like, “I carefully screened these people and I’ll stake my reputation on the fact their their conduct was above board. I only dismissed Awan as it was the only choice I had when he was arrested. I’m confident that he will be found innocent of all charges.”
She’s not going to say that, first because it’s not true and she’d be found out. Second, she would be sticking her neck out way too far and be asking to get it chopped off. Finally, it just might be that she is aware of far more than she is admitting, and making a bold statement like that would eventually leave her hanging out to dry. So don’t expect to hear that statement from Ms. Wasserman Schultz.
Another reasons she will drag out the same only Democratic choruses rather than defending her staffer is because “[h]er colleagues in Congress, though, say there are serious security implications in her former staffer’s case.“
“‘We have to investigate how our systems may have been compromised,’ Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., recently told ‘Fox & Friends.'”
Just what the Democrats need. Another investigation.
The Democrats may live to rue the day that they just didn’t keep their mouths shut instead of going after President Trump with such vigor over matters that seem very improbable and for which solid evidence is lacking.
It will be interesting to watch the Democrats point figures at each other for stirring up all of their own problems.
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