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Wed Jul 26, 2017, 05:57 PM

 

Okay, this story about DWS's IT guy is major league weird, to the point of suspicious.

From FEBRUARY of this year:

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/house-staff-criminal-investigation-234714

Multiple Democratic lawmakers have yet to cut ties with House staffers under criminal investigation for wide-ranging equipment and data theft.

Imran Awan, a longtime House staffer who worked for more than two dozen Democrats since 2004, is still employed by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, though his access to the House IT network has been blocked since last week.

Five House staffers are accused of stealing equipment from members’ offices without their knowledge and committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network, according to multiple sources briefed on the investigation.

Top staffers for lawmakers impacted by the scam were briefed last Thursday. A source in the briefing said the Sergeant-at-Arms confirmed the U.S. Capitol Police is conducting an active criminal investigation but said no arrests have been made.

Imran Awan was first employed on Capitol Hill by former Rep. Robert Wexler in January 2004 as an “information technology director.” Awan has worked for at least 25 other House Democrats since that time as a shared employee providing technical support including to previous House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra, currently the California attorney general.

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Several members who have employed Imran Awan and Alvi in the past confirmed to POLITICO they terminated their employment late last week.


Okay, that's over FIVE MONTHS AGO.

Flash forward to today:

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/25/debbie-wasserman-schultz-aide-arrest-240960

Imran Awan, a House staffer at the center of a criminal investigation potentially affecting dozens of Democratic lawmakers, has been arrested on a bank fraud charge and is prevented from leaving the country while the charge is pending.

A senior House Democratic aide confirmed Awan was still employed by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) as of Tuesday morning. But David Damron, a spokesman for Wasserman Schultz, later said that Awan was fired on Tuesday.


It took the guy being arrested and having his passport taken away due to an attempt to flee the country--FIVE MONTHS AFTER HE HAD BEEN BANNED FROM DOING HIS JOB--to get fired.

Most Democratic lawmakers cut ties with Awan and his family after the criminal investigation came to light in early February. But Awan continued to be employed by Wasserman Schultz, although it’s unclear what his job duties were, given he had been barred from accessing the House IT system for months.


So, either there's an extraordinary level of incompetence--once again touching upon an IT-related fiasco--or something else that just begs the fever-swamps of conspiracy theorists to fill in the blanks.

There's no good explanation for why a Congressional office continued to keep on its payroll a suspected criminal ringleader who had been banned from doing his job for that office.




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Reply Okay, this story about DWS's IT guy is major league weird, to the point of suspicious. (Original post)
geek tragedy Jul 2017 OP
Joanie Baloney Jul 2017 #1
FBaggins Jul 2017 #2
geek tragedy Jul 2017 #3
Nevernose Jul 2017 #4
geek tragedy Jul 2017 #7
rusty fender Jul 2017 #9
uponit7771 Jul 2017 #5
geek tragedy Jul 2017 #8
riderinthestorm Jul 2017 #6

Response to geek tragedy (Original post)

Wed Jul 26, 2017, 06:24 PM

1. I saw this yesterday

And then I attempted to summarize the story to Mr. Baloney. As the words came out, I realized how ridiculous it sounded. But I still think there's a there there too.


-JB

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Response to geek tragedy (Original post)

Thu Jul 27, 2017, 09:05 AM

2. Weird indeed

A couple month ago she made a thinly veiled threat against the head of the Capitol Police when they wouldn't return a laptop that Awan had removed from her office and hidden in a different House office building... and has been using the Speech and Debate clause to keep them from searching the laptop for evidence. Reportedly, she has now been forced to agree to a search.



Another weird piece of the story that I've only seen on RW sites so far... is that he rented his house out when the rest of the family was fired but left smashed hard drives and other computer equipment in the garage. The current tenants have reportedly turned them over to the FBI (which implies that the case has branched beyond the jurisdiction of the Capitol Police), and claim that Awan has been "desperate" to get them back. I'll add a link if a better source reports on it.

Note that this has spread also as a miss-reported claim that the hard drives were seized from DWS's garage. That isn't true.

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Response to FBaggins (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 27, 2017, 12:09 PM

3. I think the prevailing sentiment has moved from defending DWS to just hoping

 

it isn't the worst case scenario with her.

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #3)

Thu Jul 27, 2017, 12:13 PM

4. What's the worst case scenario with her?

Genuinely curious.

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Response to Nevernose (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 27, 2017, 02:22 PM

7. I stopped imagining worst case scenarios after Trump won.

 

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Response to Nevernose (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 27, 2017, 02:37 PM

9. That she is

involved in the bank fraud.

Lesser worst-case scenario: that she is covering up her incompetence in not firing him 5 months ago.

Or, she doesn't want other embarrassing information on those laptops to be leaked by investigators

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Response to geek tragedy (Original post)

Thu Jul 27, 2017, 12:59 PM

5. Hannity brought it up with nothing conclusive about anything other than ...

... he followed procedure and scrubbed some data.

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Response to uponit7771 (Reply #5)

Thu Jul 27, 2017, 02:22 PM

8. Other than the stuff that got him fired and arrested and

 

had him trying to flee the country.

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Response to geek tragedy (Original post)

Thu Jul 27, 2017, 01:01 PM

6. DWS is lucky there's such chaos elsewhere that this story is buried right now. It really smells nt

 

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