Arrested DNC Staffer Awan Retains Long-Time Clinton Associate For Legal Help

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After getting arrested Monday night at Dulles Airport in Northern Virginia while attempting to flee the country on a flight to Qatar, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz' IT staffer, according to Conservative Review, has decided to hire a lawyer with longstanding connections to the Clinton family for legal help. 

Chris Gowen, a founding partner at Gowen, Rhoades, Winograd and Silva, apparently did a little bit of everything for the Clintons over the course of multiple years including working in the Clinton White House, helping President Bill Clinton write his book, "My Life", and serving on Hillary's 2008 presidential campaign.  Per Gowen's bio:

Mr. Gowen left the Public Defender’s office to work for former President William Jefferson Clinton and then-Senator Hillary Clinton. Chris was a fact checker for President Clinton’s memoir, My Life. He also served as a traveling aid for President Clinton’s national and international trips. Chris finished his tenure with the Clintons by directing the advance operations for then-Senator Hillary Clinton during her 2008 presidential campaign.

Another biography, published on the American University website, says Gowen worked with several other controversial Clinton projects, including The Clinton Global Initiative, The Clinton Foundation, and The Clinton Health Access Initiative.

Shortly after Awan’s arrest, Gowen immediately jumped into the fray and hit the ground running with allegations that Awan was a victim of Islamophobia. He labeled Awan’s arrest as part of “a right-wing media-driven prosecution by a United States Attorney’s Office that wants to prosecute people for working while Muslim"'s almost as if the words are coming straight from Hillary's mouth.


As we noted last night, Imran Awan has been charged with bank fraud but it is unclear whether that charge is just a placeholder for other charges that are yet to come.  While details are scarce, media reports have alleged that Awan and his brothers potentially ran a procurement scheme in which they bought equipment, then overcharged various House members that employed their IT firm.  Meanwhile, some congressional technology aides have alleged that the Awan’s were blackmailing representatives based on the contents of their emails and files, due to the fact that these representatives have displayed unwavering and intense loyalty towards the former aides.

As background, Imran was first employed in 2004 by former Democrat Rep. Robert Wexler (FL) as an “information technology director”, before he began working in Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s office in 2005.

The family was paid extremely well, with Imran Awan being paid nearly $2 million working as an IT support staffer for House Democrats since 2004. Abid Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, were each paid more than $1 million working for House Democrats. In total, since 2003, the family has collected nearly $5 million.

In total, Imran's firm was employed by 31 Democrats in Congress, some of whom held extremely sensitive positions on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.


Of course, one of the most intriguing parts of the Awan narrative is precisely why former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (DWS) decided to keep him on her taxpayer-funded payroll right up until his arrest yesterday and whether that decision had anything to do with the whole DNC / Hillary email scandals that erupted last summer.

Along those lines, RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel posed the following questions to DWS earlier this morning...


...and appeared on Fox Business to discuss DWS' curious decisions with regards to Awan (forward to the 4:00 minute mark in the video below for the relevant discussion).

“[Wasserman Schultz] kept him on her staff. He was a taxpayer-funded government employee until yesterday when she finally fired him.  We need to figure out why he’s under criminal investigation and we’re not hearing that across the country right now."


"We have to get to the bottom of this, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz has obstructed at every level on something that affects potentially our national security.  We are not hearing the Democrats talk about it at all. Where’s Debbie Wasserman Schultz?”


A preliminary hearing for Mr. Awan is scheduled for August 21.

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Feel it Reel it's picture

Another dirty Lawyer.....and how many Politicians are Lawyers??? You get the point...

a Smudge by any other name's picture

Dirty? That's toner on his pants. I heard he bartered his services for a few trailer loads of toner. With the right connections he can sell it right back to the government agencies it was diverted from.

If not it's also worth a bundle on the black market.

JSBach1's picture

“a right-wing media-driven prosecution by a United States Attorney’s Office that wants to prosecute people for working while Muslim"

...talking point from the Horse's mouth (HRC)

y3maxx's picture

-Forget the lawyer...lets watch the Democrat dominoes start to fall off.

Big Twinkie's picture

This is just a foreshock.

wee-weed up's picture

Hey Awan, if you have any brains at all, you will NOT allow anyone connected with the Clintons anywhere near you.

Shitonya Serfs's picture

Wonder where he's getting the funding for this level of legal assistance?

Start following the trail now Trump.

EuroPox's picture

On the basis of what he knows already plus what he learns from this caper, if I were Chris Gowen I might have a few concerns about my own life expectancy... I wonder if Vince Foster might have had some advice for him.

johngaltfla's picture

This is my shocked face:


Whoa Dammit's picture

The first thing Awan's attorney did was make Awan sign a suicide note.

booboo's picture

Got the face of a tampon chewing rat

IntTheLight's picture

In attorneys letter, he refers to right wing pizzagate journalists. Why? Is it a threat as Awan has had access to their computers?

espirit's picture

I wonder what constitutional rights will be applicable to Awan?

This is my shocked pose...

(middle finger up to DOJ)

Fucking selective law enforcement.

PT's picture

1.  Islamophobia?
Lemme guess the next few arguments from the defence:  He is innocent becoz:

2.  Homophobia (Whether he is a poof or not.  They'll just use this "excuse" anyway.)
3.  His skin is the wrong colour (Again, they'll just throw it out there.)
4.  But ripping off and blackmailing politicians is part of his traditional culture and religious beliefs!
5.  Everywun who doesn't like him is a Russian Spy.
6.  Everywun who doesn't like him grabbed a girl by the Pussy.
7.  It's the alternative media's fault for letting the truth get out.

That should tie up proceedings for another year or three, at which point it can all be forgotten and anyone who thinks about it ever again is also a racist, sexist, deplorable homophobic Russian Spy.

Alternatively, if the defence even thinks about mentioning any of the above, can we lock them up for contempt of court?  The Empress and her entire staff have no clothes and none of them have yet noticed that we have all noticed.

EuroPox's picture

Ah shit!  HRC with no clothes??  Did you have to, I was just going to eat!  That image has put me right off.

Mr. Universe's picture

Still, in this universe, these things have a way of ending up being an official nothing burger. Smoke, no fire. Nothing to see here folks, it's just a minor matter that no deep state operative would ever prosecute.

J S Bach's picture

Awan should also hire the long-time Clinton friend who was Vince Foster's bodyguard.  I'm sure that would make him rest easier.

Crash Overide's picture



So that's when you overcharge the US government for IT services that you don't really provide while sneaking your radical buddies in the country as family members to help run the scam all the while running a private server, transferring data, harvesting classified intelligence, providing said intelligence data to foreign entities, stealing government equipment, and destroying the evidence in your wake to flee the country because someone finally caught you in the act... yeah ok.


Crash Overide's picture

Fuck treasonous Clinton lawyer scum... 

Kek bitch.

mkhs's picture

How does a paki get security clearance when many U.S. don't?

Supafly's picture

Hand picked from the same batch of rotten apples.  Really, why him?


Putrid_Scum's picture

Is there any precedent for this level and depth of sociopathy in US society?

In other words, is this an abnormal growth in the species?


swmnguy's picture

It always amazes me what pikers these people are.  From what I can glean from the article, 3 of the family were involved, for the past 14 years, and didn't quite clear $5,000,000?  That divides out to less than $120,000 per year ea.  Living in the DC area, that's not a kingly sum.  No way in hell I'd do IT for that gang of morons for 14 years for that kind of money.

Face it, the whole Hillary emails thing was because the mean old bat figured out how to use a Blackberry, and simply refused to learn how to use an Android phone that can be locked down.  So, since she couldn't access her State Dep't emails directly on her Blackberry, she browbeat interns and low-level appointees to forward all her State Dep't emails to her own server, from which she could download them to her Blackberry.  And, of course, since the whole problem was the State Dep't couldn't lock down the Blackberry in the first place, that meant that anybody and everybody else could download them, too.

Then there was the whole "Wipe it?  You mean like with a cloth?" bullshit.  Can you imagine telling any of these awful harridans how to do basic file management or system maintenance?  I imagine ever single file any of them had was on their desktop or in "My Documents."  Create a separate partition that can be encrypted?  You gotta be kidding.

The level of bitchy stupidity is unfathomable.

All this for $120,000/year?  No, thank you.

If that $5,000,000 includes fraudulent charges, then these dopes were even cheaper than that.

PT's picture

That's why US IT was not hired.

Probably came in on a H1-B ...

Eyes Opened's picture

Thats employer-funded legalcare...

Also provided is DNCcare ..... not recommended... BOOM !!

markovchainey's picture

First hearing on the 21st of August...what's the over/under on him being dead by the 20th?

Croesus's picture

Where is Wasserbitch-Schultz?

Hopefully under a jail, soon.

land_of_the_few's picture

Check the video of her speaking to the Capitol Police gentleman, trying to bully him into giving back some IT gear that was being held because of the investigation.

She didn't really read the situation- that was impressive.

Never One Roach's picture

I'm surprised Asswan didn't hire Robert Meuller. He's a lawyer too and seems to be working with the Clinton Family.

veritas semper vinces's picture

How do you know he hasn't?Covertly.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

I heard he was depressed and had money worries.... I am not saying he is going to empty a gun into the back of his head, but hey, depressed people do that.  Just sayin'

mkhs's picture

He is not really depressed unless he double taps.

Whoa Dammit's picture


"First hearing on the 21st of August..."

That's also the date of the total solar eclipse. Spooky.

83_vf_1100_c's picture

  The eclipse peaks, it gets dark, there is a gunshot in the courtroom. Awan is dead by his own hand and no clue how he shot himself in the back of his own head with no prints on the gun nor how he smuggled it in but those foreign types are crafty like that.

land_of_the_few's picture

Cinema stye - like Poirot.

Lights go out - screams - muffled thud. Lights come back on.

Appears he has strangled himself with some telephone cable and stuffed a bundle of Post-Its down his own throat.

Poirot: "Bien Sur, the culprit could be any one of us - even myself!"


GreenSpring96's picture

Speaking of cinema, this story reads like a Coen brothers movie parody. . You can't make this shit up.

rosiescenario's picture

Yes....his best course of action would be to spill the beans on everyone in return for the last thing he needs is any attorney with any sort of political connections.

herbivore's picture

He's doing exactly the right thing. The Clinton criminal enterprise and its legal team will make sure Awan gets immunity AND gets all of his hard drives destroyed by the FBI AND he doesn't have to convey any incriminating information on anyone AND any FBI interviews following the immunity agreement will have no notes or recordings made and any meetings can be attended by any co-conspirators' attorneys. Trump is president yet nothing's changed.

11b40's picture

While I do appreciate your post, I take issue with the last line.  Things have changed, and the trend line is headed a different direction.  Maybe not at the speed you want, but things are definitely changing, and many more citizens are waking up.  There is so much bubbling just under the surface, when this thing blows, it will be huuuuge.  Simply proving the Russian thing is total BS would negate more than a year of non-stop propaganda and totally wreck the Dems offensive, while proving to the public what shills the Corporate Media have become.

The race is on.  Will the deep state get Trump, or will he nail the establishment first?  After all, if no Russian meddling, no mandate for Mueller.  It really is a mad dash at this point.

new game's picture

the evindence is long gone. 

wow, 6 -9 months to get rid of it, at least the most sensative.

the one party tyranny delay. another shit sandwich going nowhere fast...

DollarMenu's picture

BTW, somewhat off topic, but, the guy in the picture at the top...

Does he look like anyone you would let within 500 feet of one of your kids?


mkhs's picture

lizards will be lizards.

devnickle's picture

Yes, his cranium will emptied by 2×.45 if they are allowed near him.

W270's picture

Nail guns are complicated and can be dangerous if your not C-A-R-E-F-U-L

Fish Gone Bad's picture

If one is to believe conspiracy theories, the Kharzarian Mafia will keep a lid on this guy and his family.   

Chupacabra-322's picture

*Attention - The Awans & Pakistani ISI are only "sub contractors" for Hillary (CIA since young/operative/ratline field commander) & Israeli Mossad (Debbie Wasserman, Weiner, Shumer & any other affiliated Zionist Jews). Both the CIA (Rockefeller>Kissinger down the line to CIA-op Hillary/all presidents except Trump) + Israel (Rosthchild) & Mossad (Rothschild private intel/military army) have compromised and co-opted the White House/US Presidency, US Congress, US Senate and much of state government.

Both CIA & Mossad farm out dirty work ops to other international Intelligence agencies & military, as well as criminal organizations in order to create a spider web of hard to prove 3rd, 4th, 5th party connections to their illegal operations in order limit their exposure to being outed by real journalists like the dead Michael Hastings.

Pakistan ISI, the Muslim Brotherhood or any other seemingly bad actors have 'not' infiltrated and taken over Congress nor anything else. The Awans and the Pakistani ISI were 'invited' & brought here by Mossad-Anthony Weiner & Mossad-Debbie Wasserman-Schultz here to run operations for CIA-international-crime-boss-Hillary Clinton.?