Imran Awan Gets Sweetheart Plea Deal; DOJ Won't Prosecute Alleged Spy Ring, Cybercrimes

The Department of Justice won't prosecute Imran Awan, a former IT administrator for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and dozens of other Democrats, for allegations of cybersecurity breaches, theft and potential espionage, as part of a plea agreement one one count of unrelated bank fraud. 

After the entry of your client’s plea of guilty to the offense identified in paragraph 1 above, your client will not be charged with any non-violent criminal offense in violation of Federal or District of Columbia law which was committed within the District of Columbia by your client prior to the execution of this Agreement -Awan Plea Agreement

Awan withdrew hundreds of thousands of dollars after lying on a mortgage application and pretending to have a medical emergency that allowed him to drain his wife's retirement account. He then wired large sums of money to Pakistan in January, 2017.

When word of a plea agreement emerged last week, President Trump was none too pleased: 

Awan and several family members worked for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz along with 20% of House Democrats as IT staffers who held - as the House Inspector General called it - the "keys to the kingdom," when it came to accessing confidential information on Congressional computer systems. 

And while ample evidence of potential crimes were found by the House Inspector General, the DOJ says they found no evidence of wrongdoing.

The Department of Justice said it “found no evidence that [Imran] illegally removed House data from the House network or from House Members’ offices, stole the House Democratic Caucus Server, stole or destroyed House information technology equipment, or improperly accessed or transferred government information.”

That statement appears to take issue — without explaining how — with the findings of the House’s Nancy Pelosi-appointed inspector general, its top law enforcement official, the sergeant-at-arms, and the statements of multiple Democratic aides.

In September 2016, the House Office of Inspector General gave House leaders a presentation that alleged that Alvi, Imran, brothers Abid Awan and Jamal Awan, and a friend were logging into the servers of members who had previously fired him and funneling data off the network. It said evidence “suggests steps are being taken to conceal their activity” and that their behavior mirrored a “classic method for insiders to exfiltrate data from an organization.”

Server logs show, it said, that Awan family members made “unauthorized access” to congressional servers in violation of House rules by logging into the servers of members who they didn’t work for. -Daily Caller

Awan was arrested at Dulles airport while attempting to flee the country - one day after reports emerged that the FBI had seized a number of "smashed hard drives" and other computer equipment from his residence. While only charged with bank fraud, there is ample evidence that the Awans were spying on members of Congress through their access to highly-sensitive information on computers, servers and other electronic devices belonging to members of Congress. 

Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller has compiled the most comprehensive coverage of the Awan situation from start to finish - and outlines exactly why the Awans' conduct warranted serious inquiry. 

On Feb. 3, 2017, Paul Irving, the House’s top law enforcement officer, wrote in a letter to the Committee on House Administration that soon after it became evidence, the server went “missing.”

The letter continued: “Based upon the evidence gathered to this point, we have concluded the employees are an ongoing and serious risk to the House of Representatives, possibly threatening the integrity of our information systems.”

Imran, Abid, Jamal, Alvi and a friend were banned from the House network the same day Kiko sent the letter.

The alleged wrongdoing consisted of two separate issues.

The first was the cybersecurity issues. In an April 2018 hearing spurred by the Awan case, Chief Administrative Officer Phil Kiko testified: “The bookend to the outside threat is the insider threat. Tremendous efforts are dedicated to protecting the House against these outside threats, however these efforts are undermined when these employees do not adhere to and thumb their nose at our information security policy, and that’s a risk in my opinion we cannot afford.”

The second was a suspected theft scheme. Wendy Anderson, a former chief of staff for Rep. Yvette Clarke, told House investigators she believed Abid was working with ex-Clarke aide Shelley Davis to steal equipment, and described coming in on a Saturday to find so many pieces of equipment, including iPods and Apple TVs, that it “looked like Christmas.

Meanwhile, as we noted in June, the judge in the Awan case, Tanya Chutkan, was appointed to the D.C. US District Court by President Obama on June 5, 2014, after Chutkan had contributed to him for years.

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Prior to her appointment to the District Court, she was a partner at law firm Boies Schiller & Flexner (BSF) where she represented scandal-plagued biotechnology company Theranos - which hired Fusion GPS to threaten the news media. Because of this, Chutkan had to recuse herself from two cases involving Fusion GPS.

Meanwhile, BSF attorney and crisis management expert Karen Dunn - who prepped Hillary Clinton for debates and served as Associate White House Counsel to Obama - represents Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Another BSF attorney, Dawn Smalls, was John Podesta's assistant while he was Obama's Chief of Staff. And if you still had doubts over their politics, BSF also republished an article critical of Donald Trump in their "News & Events" section.

In short, the Judge in the Awan case - appointed by Obama after years of contributing to him, was a partner at a very Clinton-friendly law firm. It should also be noted that Obama appointed Chutkan's husband, Peter Krauthammer, to the D.C. Superior Court in 2011. 

The left has, of course, seized upon the plea deal to suggest that there was no wrongdoing. 

Comments

Uchtdorf Tue, 07/03/2018 - 16:00 Permalink

Then who goes down due to his deal? Was his deal just a freebie? Are there any politicians or swampers (pardon my redundancy) who are not dirty?

Why can't Trump supporters see how he goes along with these outrages? This ain't no stinkin' 4D chess.

Just like Obama, who, even in his 2nd term, would read his teleprompter and talk about a national issue and pretend that it was somebody else's fault. 

Trump is no better than the rest of the puppets who have lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Obama = Trump = Clinton = The Shrubs... all alike.

The other thing to remember is that Trump and his puppetmasters knew that the optics on this Awan deal would look bad. And they let it happen anyway. Folks, the elites don't give a rat's hind end what we think. They think they've won. They believe that we cannot resist. It's only going to get worse from here. Therefore, prepare accordingly.

SamAdams wee-weed up Tue, 07/03/2018 - 16:14 Permalink

So, if the "deal" is to turn Awan against his former employers, why would you pardon him of all previous "non-violent" crimes?  Seems to me, if the deal is not public and he refuses to testify, they have nothing by which to motivate his testimony.  Is this not true?  Else, it is exactly as it appears, the deep state got their way and justice is again the victim.

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Save_America1st Richard Chesler Tue, 07/03/2018 - 23:35 Permalink

just keep being patient and give this shit more time...they have to take down a whole lot of powerful monsters all over the world all at once and it all has to be air-tight.  All while trying to keep some kind of peace without these fuckers creating a world war. 

https://www.neonrevolt.com/2018/07/03/divide-they-try-fail-they-will-th…

https://www.thegoldwater.com/news/30325-Imran-Awan-Cuts-Deal-with-DOJ-T…

https://thegoldwater.com/news/16210-Tick-Tock-The-Complete-History-of-t…

 

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MK ULTRA Alpha Freeze These Tue, 07/03/2018 - 17:34 Permalink

The Israel Lobby, Jewish dual citizen Zionist doing everything for Israel over America. The half a million Khazars who flowed in during the Clinton I era, who by the way, when Clinton II was at state department, a deep cover espionage team penetrated to Clinton II inner circle of communist. Remember how Clinton II covered it up by having them deported in the middle of the night. There is a hit TV show about it and most Americans don't believe this nation has been penetrated to it's core.

This invasion of Khazar gypsies after the fall of the Soviet Union has been a main driver of a communist take over and genocide similar to what their fathers and grandfathers did during the 1920's. The genocide of over 20 million white middle class Christians and the subsequent violent take over of Russia.

This particular Jew of which there are over 124 kinds, demands a war with Russia, two elements are behind this subterfuge; the Jews who were kicked out by Putin for robbing Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union and over 2 million Russian Khazar gypsy Jews in the US, Europe and Israel. It is a transnational organized crime gypsy tribe from Russia with no love for anyone but themselves and their cause; International Communism and the genocide of the white uber class and replacement with one class with the Jews as the new uber class.

Bled Kosher.

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Twee Surgeon MK ULTRA Alpha Tue, 07/03/2018 - 18:55 Permalink

"This particular Jew of which there are over 124 kinds, demands a war with Russia," .....?

What ? 124 different kinds ? That's about the most ludicrous comment I have heard in years and I have no idea what to make of it.

It's like saying there are 124 different kinds of Irishmen or Bolivians or Zoroastrians or Bar Maids. It's a comment that can not ever be supported by facts, also known as Bullshit.

 

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MK ULTRA Alpha Twee Surgeon Tue, 07/03/2018 - 19:10 Permalink

Ever heard of an Ethiopian Jew? I didn't make it up about 124 different kinds of Jews.

Furthermore, when I read there were over 124 kinds of Jews I began studying about the different Jews on Wikipedia.  I am not going to waste my time listing what I've learned to a brainwashed Zionist supporter of Israel over America.

You're a traitor to the United States and it's people.

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just the tip Freeze These Tue, 07/03/2018 - 18:31 Permalink

the obfuscation of your comment obfuscates the meaning of your obfuscation.  therefore, any attempt to obfuscate the subject matter of your obfuscation is simply an obfuscation.

eat a bag of dicks you shit for brains motherfucker.

you're alive and gareth williams is murdered.  some are correct.  there is no god.

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