Former U.S. Attorney On Awan Indictment: "There Is Something Very Strange Going On Here"

Tyler Durden's picture

We've written frequently over the past couple of months about the litany of unanswered questions surrounding the mysterious case of Debbie Wasserman Schultz's (DWS) IT staffers.  Why did DWS seemingly threaten the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police with “consequences” for holding equipment that was confiscated as part of an ongoing legal investigation?  Why did DWS keep Awan on her taxpayer funded payroll all the way up until the day he was arrested by the FBI at Dulles airport while trying to flee the country to Pakistan?  What, if anything, does the Awan family know about the DNC hacks that may have caused DWS to act in this way?

Now, Andrew McCarthy III, the former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York who led the prosecution against Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman and eleven others for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, says there is "something very strange" about the recent indictment filed against Imran Awan and his wife Hina Alvi in the District of Columbia.

In a National Review article, McCarthy points out that it's not what's in the indictment that is necessarily surprising but rather what is seemingly intentionally omitted.  For instance, McCarthy points out that "the indictment appears to go out of its way not to mention" that Imran was apprehended while in the process of fleeing the country, a fact that would seem to be the best evidence available to prove the fraud charges.

Let’s say you’re a prosecutor in Washington. You are investigating a husband and wife, naturalized Americans, who you believe have scammed a federal credit union out of nearly $300,000. You catch them in several false statements about their qualifications for a credit line and their intended use of the money. The strongest part of your case, though, involves the schemers’ transferring the loot to their native Pakistan.


So . . . what’s the best evidence you could possibly have, the slam-dunk proof that their goal was to steal the money and never look back? That’s easy: One after the other, the wife and husband pulled up stakes and tried to high-tail it to Pakistan after they’d wired the funds there — the wife successfully fleeing, the husband nabbed as he was about to board his flight.


Well, here’s a peculiar thing about the Justice Department’s indictment of Imran Awan and Hina Alvi, the alleged fraudster couple who doubled as IT wizzes for Debbie Wasserman Schultz and many other congressional Democrats: There’s not a word in it about flight to Pakistan. The indictment undertakes to describe in detail four counts of bank-fraud conspiracy, false statements on credit applications, and unlawful monetary transactions, yet leaves out the most damning evidence of guilt.


In fact, the indictment appears to go out of its way not to mention it.


Why would prosecutors leave that out of their indictment? Why give Awan’s defense a basis to claim that, since the indictment does not allege anything about flight to Pakistan, the court should bar any mention of it during the trial? In fact, quite apart from the manifest case-related reasons to plead instances of flight, a competent prosecutor would have included them in the indictment simply to underscore that Awan is a flight risk who should have onerous bail conditions or even be detained pretrial.



Then there is the case of Imran's wife, Hina Alvi.  When she fled the country back in March she was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents with over $12,000 cash in her luggage, technically a crime by itself if not properly disclosed, but was allowed by the FBI to leave the country despite having been under investigation for months. 

We must also ask, again: Why did the FBI allow Alvi to flee? Before she boarded her March 5 flight to Qatar (en route to Pakistan), agents briefly detained her. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents had already searched her baggage and found $12,400 in cash. As I have pointed out, it is a felony to move more than $10,000 in U.S. currency out of the country unless one completes the required government report (see sections 5316 and 5322 of Title 31, U.S. Code). There was no indication that she did so in the complaint affidavit submitted to the court when Awan was arrested last month (see FBI complaint affidavit, pages 8–9).


By the time Alvi fled, the Awans had been under investigation by various federal agencies for at least three months. The FBI was sufficiently attuned to the Awans’ criminality that its agents went to the trouble of chasing Alvi to the airport. If she didn’t fill out the required form, she should have been arrested for the currency violation. Is it possible that, rather than arresting her, federal agents instructed her to complete the form on the spot? One would hope not, but even in such an unlikely event, Alvi would undoubtedly have made false statements about the provenance of the cash. That would also have been a felony, providing more grounds for her arrest. Why let her go, especially when, as its agent told the court in the aforementioned affidavit, the FBI “does not believe that ALVI has any intention to return to the United States”?

And then there is just the continued secrecy surrounding the case.  Why did the U.S. Attorney's office decide against filing a press release in a case that has garnered significant national attention?  Why was the case filed in a district where DWS's brother has been an assistant U.S. attorney for many years? 

To begin with, it is not the easiest thing to get one’s hands on the indictment. The case is being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. There is no press release about the indictment on the office’s website, though U.S. attorneys’ offices routinely issue press releases and make charging documents available in cases of far less national prominence. (I found the indictment through the Orlando Sentinel, which obtained and posted it in conjunction with the paper’s report on the filing of charges.)


By the way, the U.S. attorney’s office is currently led by Channing D. Phillips, an Obama holdover who was never confirmed. Still awaiting Senate confirmation is Jessie Liu, nominated by President Trump in June. Meanwhile, Steven Wasserman, Representative Wasserman Schultz’s brother, has been an assistant U.S. attorney in the office for many years. I have seen no indication that he has any formal role in the case, notwithstanding some cyberspace speculation to the contrary. What is clear, however, is that the office is low-keying the Awan prosecution.


The indictment itself is drawn very narrowly. All four charges flow from a financial-fraud conspiracy of short duration. Only Imran Awan and his wife are named as defendants. There is no reference to Awan-family perfidy in connection with the House communications system.

Of course, we're sure it's probably nothing but at least one former U.S. Attorney says "there is something very strange going on here."

The full Grand Jury indictment can be viewed here:

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eccitante's picture

Burning the bridge with GOOGLE: Like all Fascistic leftists, can't stand dissent!... Any reasonable person would agree!

The Cooler King's picture

Things are always strange the moment before you suicide yourself with a howitzer of bullets to the back of your head in the middle of the desert.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

This one's a no-brainer. They're trying to get Awan charged and convicted on some minor charges unrelated to his espionage crimes (gotta keep that shit out of open court) and then get him into prison where he can be shanked, safely away from the Pakistani ISI protection he almost certainly enjoys as a free man. Dead men tell no tales.

just the tip's picture

all good points.  however, awan can be gotten to.  he has family.  i don't think awan will be a target.  some intermediary people in DWS office staff, on the other hand, would not be safe in witness protection.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

The lesser charges (if one can say that) is so he can be plea'd down.  "They" do not want him in prison.  He has a "get out of jail free" card.  As hard as it is to believe, the guy will walk. 

Pure Evil's picture

Someone should start a petition on the White House website and then get the word out to all friends and family and ZH to sign the petition to have this looked into.

moimeme's picture

(((THEY))) became the Bolsheviks and destroyed Russia.
(((THEY))) fomented 2 World Wars and destroyed Europe.
(((THEY))) stole Palestine and destroyed the Middle East.
(((THEY))) took over the DEM and destroyed it.
(((THEY))) became the neocons that are destroying the REP.
(((THEY))) took over the FED and destroyed the US Dollar.
(((THEY))) took over Hollywood and destroyed our culture.
(((THEY))) took over Congress and are destroying America.

The saga WILL NOT stop. It's the ANTI-CHRIST spirit.

stizazz's picture

"The indictment appears to go out of its way not to mention it."

Surprise, surprise.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

How many beers before you would do DWS?

imaginalis's picture

More than would fill Lake Superior

bamawatson's picture

she makes this look good nasty itch grudge fugg

Manthong's picture

Chris Gowan …close Clinton confident, now high-priced Awan attorney. used this term in his recent introductory screed to the world…

>>>>   “Anti muslim, Ultra-right wing Pizzagate media”

He might have used a poor choice of a term in his diatribe..

..and it might be a hint for a reason behind this scandal of unimaginable magnitude.

After all, Awan did take care of “Pizzagate Podesta’s”/ DNC server.

... and >80 in Congress who can see nothing wrong with this.


new game's picture

how many tymes are we goonna wipe the same ass with the same face?

notice it always says"former authority(attorney) figure" NEVER (ag-sessions)do they BRING FORTH official INVESIGATION OR CHARGES.


simple shit maynard...

John Kich's picture

Why Main Stream Media Isn't talking about this!??!?!?! YOu won't believe... America is on the edge...

esum's picture

The next phase is what secrets did they have access to and how did they get and keep security clearances after incidents that would normally preclude getting TS/SCI clearance... Plus allegations they worked with the ISI and were blackmailing congress, while extorting money and stealing equipment... More to come....

jeff montanye's picture

come on president trump.  you can't let them get away with this.  imran awan and debbie w.s. are the lowest hanging fruit imaginable.  the crimes imran has committed are numerous, serious, lead to other criminals and would really start the ball rolling to get hillary clinton.  this is what you were elected to do, in part.

DWD-MOVIE's picture

I’m making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do…

detached.amusement's picture

enough that I wouldnt be able to get it up, one way or another

MrBoompi's picture

Even a broom handle can't get it up for DWS.  

FixItAgainTony's picture

It is an enemy of the people and nothing more.

Laughing.Man's picture

I would prefer to die from alcohol poisoning.

Trivictus's picture

If you mean throw the switch, inject the needle, release the gas, pull the trigger or pull the lever, I'd be happy to do it ocmpletely sober.  Although it would be more entertaining to just lock her in a cell with Awan without food or water.  Then come back two months later and strangle the surviver.  

CultiVader's picture

I've got just the right size bag for that medusa head. Yeah, I'd grudge fuck the hell out of her. Just like I'd grudge fuck Hillary. Dry and rough. Some drugs would help.

Filthy_Cerberus's picture

I admire your spirit, sir.  But the reality is that most typical humanoid males(imbibed with multiple infusions of alcohol), would thrust their penile organ into just about anything that didn't thrust it into them first. 

The real challenge here is to munch that nasty cat for an hour or two.  Then you will have earned your true "buzzard wings" badge.

Tarzan's picture

Even with a belly of beer, Too scary

DWS wants a baby, and your her mark


Imagine she's your mother..............

runswithscissors's picture

THEY..want to make sure the investigation is totally BOTCHED so THEY can continue to hide thier crimes.  

Salzburg1756's picture

Nice list, but really that's just a short list of what THEY have done.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Depends on how you define "they". We only know two things for sure: (1) the Awan Family is a valuable asset to the ISI (and their terrorist allies), and (2) Imran Awan is a disposable pawn who has no remaining utility to the Deep State/CIA/Obama/Clinton Crime Family--in fact, if he turns states evidence, he coud really fuck things up badly for them. Right now it looks like the Deep State is running this little charade, which is bad for Imran, and worse for America. There's probably a lot of loyal Americans in the FBI, but it sure doesn't look like any of them are handling the Awan case.

What a fucking clown world.

Troy Ounce's picture


If Awan flees, by removing his ankle bracelet, he can just do so. Nobody would know who he is.


Hata Mari's picture

Troy, all due respect, I've seen dozens of Imran Awan photos since he's been arrested. No mug shots .. you got me there 


Buckaroo Banzai's picture

If my theory is correct, the ankle bracelet is not a factor, and Deep State has Awan under 24/7 eyes-on surveillance. They are going to ensure he makes his court date--otherwise why would they even bother with this charade in the first place?

swmnguy's picture

I agree with you, Buck.  These charges are petty-ass bullshit.  Looks like multiple charges for lying on a bank loan form.  Oh, Heavens to Linda Green!! If there's one thing we won't tolerate in these here U-nited States of America, it's fudging on a loan form!!  And they even paid back a lot of the HELOC money with money they took out of their 401k or whatever the hell it was. 

They lied on a loan form to get a loan their credit union would not have given them had they told the truth.  Their credit union would probably have referred them to another lender.  What they were trying to do is in no way unlawful.  That they lied on the form was, of course.  But the point is, nowhere in these counts did they steal anything from anyone nor was anyone deprived of anything.  They fibbed on a loan form.  Which you shouldn't do.  It's against the law and it's wrong.  It's usually grounds for canceling out the loan on the spot, mostly.

So this is obviously to hold them while they're investigated for other stuff.  Or there's some kind of behind-the-scenes shenanigans going on.'s picture

"So this is obviously to hold them while they're investigated for other stuff.  Or there's some kind of behind-the-scenes shenanigans going on."


Wrong on the first part, right on the sheanigans part.

swmnguy's picture

I expect you're right, but to Buck's point, we only know a very few things for sure in this case.  That's what's so weird about it.  I know what everyone suspects, of course.  The question I have is, can people who are capable of such penny-ante stumblefuckery also be masterminds of a massive, devious, covert scheme at the highest levels of power in the US?  That's what makes this compelling.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

They didn't need to drum up bullshit bank fraud charges. May I remind you what they were fired for?

"The brothers are suspected of serious violations, including accessing members’ computer networks without their knowledge and stealing equipment from Congress."

They could have (and should have) been arrested on the spot for espionage. It is mind-boggling that these spies have been roaming free for six months! CLOWN WORLD.

swmnguy's picture

Oh, you don't need to remind me of that.  Again, I agree, "They didn't need to drum up bullshit bank fraud charges."

But they did.

That's what's so interesting here.  If they're actually spies, they're shitty spies.  Looking at the Democrats' history of IT misadventures, they seem to be shitty IT guys, too.

So, why haven't they been charged for that?  Why this weak-ass bullshit, if they've been involved in what's been suggested?  

That's a rhetorical question, by the way.  I think you and I would provide a similar answer to that question.  But that would be speculation by us.  I'm now fully interested to see how this one plays out.  Not long ago, this had the same whiff of made-up bullshit as Pizzagate, but now real actions, as opposed to unsourced fabrications traceable no further than sketchy ad-hoc websites, are proving that there's something weird going on here.

sarz's picture

How do you know for sure about Awan and ISI? Any links? Os is it just petomania? (Le Petomane was a famous cabaret artist who whistled and ssng out of his asshole.) 

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

George Webb has been all over the Awan case since the beginning of the year. He's assembled a mountain of circumstantial evidence. There is also a mountain of physical evidence in the form of seized computer equipment, being held by different federal police agencies. There is clearly a war going on inside the Federal law enforcement community regarding the Awans and their Democrat Congressional sponsors/allies/co-conspirators, with Deep State on one side, and loyal Americans on the other. A healthy government would have prioritized and resolved this case one way or the other months ago. The fact that it has dragged on like this tells you everything you need to know about what's wrong with this country.

Bernie Madolf's picture

Is Steve Wasserman (her brother) still the prosecutor overseeing the case?

The fix was in before he was charged

Muslimania's picture

its DWS who shouldn't be safe..... someone do us a favor..............

Omen IV's picture

is Debbie's Brother at the DoJ in charge of the Case or in the next office down the hall?

AtATrESICI's picture

Folks who point out conflicts of interest in this case are anti-semitic

Uncle Sugar's picture

Can we all agree to the following

DWS or Killary articles-- no pictures

Sweden/Scandinavian articles -- pictures of blondes

Pure Evil's picture

I'll meet you half way.

Endless pictures of gorgeous blonds with every article.

HRClinton's picture

With quality pictures that prove they are natural blondes. 

OverTheHedge's picture

The ancient joke: "What do you call 10 blondes standing on their heads? 8 brunettes".


Blurb's picture

Yeah no kidding. If you have to include pictures of scary looking she-things like that, please keep them at thumb-nail size.