And Now Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Shall Be Impeached?
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) may soon be facing impeachment as the corruption scandal swirling around her IT staffers unfolds with each new development being more bizarre – and more incriminating than the last.
On Monday, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) filed an ethics complaint with Congress against Wasserman Schultz stemming from a host of missteps and flagrant ethical violations, not the least of which was her continued employment of Pakistani IT staffer Imran Awan long after his accesses to all Congressional systems had been terminated, AFF reports.
After word broke in February that Capitol Police were investigating the group and had blocked their access to the House computer system, most Democratic lawmakers fired the staffers.
Except for Wasserman Schultz who defended Awan, with whom she reportedly has a personal friendship, and refused to fire him.
After Awan’s arrest on Tuesday, a spokesman for the congresswoman finally announced she had fired Awan.
More than 20 House members had paid Awan and his three brothers, and two wives $4 million since 2010 for mostly no-show positions on their payrolls.
The following from AFF:
FACT’s executive director, Matthew Whitaker states:
“There is something quite amiss as to why Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz continued to use taxpayer funds to employ former technology staff member, Imran Awan, even months after he was barred from accessing the House’s computer systems and a number of her colleagues severed ties with Awan.
Since Awan’s arrest last week, Wasserman Schultz has been evasive and unable to answer even basic questions about the nature of Awan’s employment with her office. This only further confirms the urgency of an investigation into her unethical and illegal actions.”
FACTS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting accountability, ethics, and transparency in government and civic arenas. Whitaker is a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa.
The level to which Wasserman Schultz was willing to go to protect Awan has many baffled and they fear just how much damage has been done due to her inexplicable behavior.
In February 2017, Politico reported that five US House employees were under criminal investigation for allegations they “stole equipment from more than 20 member offices” and “committed serious, potentially illegal, violations of House IT policies.”
In June 2017, a computer was retained as evidence as part of the ongoing investigations into Awan’s misdeeds and felonious activities, yet Wasserman-Schultz felt moved to threaten the chief of the US Capitol Police with “consequences” for not returning the laptop on the record and before cameras during a Legislative Branch Subcommittee hearing on the Capitol Police Department’s budget.
At best, this threat to Capitol Police would be considered highly inappropriate. More likely it is a very clear cut case of obstruction of justice.
“My understanding is the the Capitol Police is not able to confiscate Members’ equipment when the Member is not under investigation,” said the former DNC chair in the annual police budget hearing.
“We can’t return the equipment,” replied Police Chief Matthew R. Verderosa.
“I think you’re violating the rules when you conduct your business that way and you should expect that there will be consequences,” said Wasserman Schultz.
Also in June 2017, and even more bizarre, Wasserman Schultz chose to contact the law offices handling the ongoing class-action lawsuit filed against the Democratic National Committee and against Wasserman Schultz herself in her capacity as the former chair due to her work in undermining Bernie Sanders as a viable Democratic candidate in the 2016 Presidential election in favor of Hillary Clinton.
Documents filed with the court in the matter state that the office received a call that originated at Wasserman Schultz office and the person speaking sounded as though they were using a voice changer.
According to attorney Elizabeth Lee Beck:
“My secretary stated that it sounded like the caller was using a voice changer because the voice sounded robotic and genderless. The caller concluded with ‘Okey dokey,’ after my secretary gave the caller public information about the case.”
After hanging up, a simple Google search of the phone number ‘305-936-5724’ was performed. It shows that the phone number belonged to the office for US Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), a key member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is demanding that lawmakers to assess the damage these IT vulnerabilities may have caused to sensitive information. DeSantis serves as the chairman of the oversight panel’s subcommittee on national security and a member of its subcommittee on government operations.
Some lawmakers are calling to simply wait until the 2018 elections and let the American public do as they will in the voting booth. Yet, others are demanding answers and have stated impeachment may be a difficult task, but not impossible. Congress has traditionally almost never impeached one of its own. It has only happened once, to a US senator, in 1797.
The power of impeaching members is given to Congress by the Constitution in Article I, Section 2 –
“The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.”
In Article II, Section 4, the Constitution says:
“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
The evidence starting to surface around Hillary Clinton and those that worked with her is mounting at an alarming rate.
The question is, at what point does a case like this, where the details speak so resoundingly of massive corruption, does the cover-up end and an investigation expose what really took place
The Rampant Treason of the CIA in DC
Treason in DC Staring The CIA, with John Brennan and the Clintons as the arch villains, Bernie Sanders as the Shlemazel and the Awans as the Fall Guys?
Lookie here at what we just came across on twitter Thanks @KimDotCom
The Story from the Daily Caller…..
Imran Awan, a congressional aide arrested by the FBI after wiring $300,000 to Pakistan and misrepresenting the purpose, had previously wired money to the Muslim country and was frantically liquidating multiple real estate properties on the day he was arrested, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.
Imran’s real estate properties provide a source of money that could be sent directly to Pakistan when two upcoming home sales close. Prosecutors have since filed paperwork saying they fear “the dissipation of the proceeds of the fraud and destruction of evidence in other locations.”
Imran was arrested July 24 — four months after the FBI says his wife Hina Alvi moved to Pakistan after learning the family was the subject of a criminal investigation into their work as IT administrators for House Democrats. On the day of Imran’s arrest, the couple accepted a buyer for one house owned by Hina with an asking price of $618,000 (Hawkshead Dr.) and listed another property for sale at $200,000 (Pembrook Village), real estate records show.
On June 20, a third house his wife owned was “sold” to his brother-in-law for $360,000 (Sprayer St.). In November 2016, a fourth home his wife owned was “sold” to his brother Jamal for $620,000 (Linnett Hill Dr.). In both cases, the bank financed nearly all of the purchase.
Home sales could be a vehicle to continue moving large amounts of money to Pakistan even after Imran’s arrest. Authorities released him with a GPS monitor and confiscated his passport.
Soon after Imran began working as an IT aide for Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, various House Democrats added his wife Hina, his brothers Abid and Jamal, Abid’s wife Natalia Sova, and two friends to their payrolls. But just as real estate transactions appeared to use relatives as stand-ins, there are reasons to believe not all of them were actually showing up for work.
During their time supposedly working on the Hill, one in the group was running a car dealership. Another worked at McDonald’s until he was fired, at which point he sat home all day, his housemate told TheDCNF. A third of the IT troop was a 20-year old college student, and multiple members of the group spent months at a time in Pakistan.
Most of the group were paid salaries far higher than the norm for House IT staffers. They collected $4 million since 2009 — money that seemed to disappear with no sign of lavishness in their lifestyles, a six-month investigation by TheDCNF found.
Capitol Police informed congressmen that the family was the target of a criminal investigation Feb. 2. Days prior, Imran wired nearly $300,000 to Pakistan and told the bank manager over the phone to wait as he googled what excuse to give him for the transfer — all while pretending to be his wife, according to an FBI affidavit.
A neighbor told TheDCNF the couple abruptly moved their possessions hurriedly out of their home in February, and the FBI later confiscated hard drives Imran had left in the garage. Hina moved to Pakistan March 5 with her children. Authorities stopped her at the airport and found $12,000 cash in her suitcase, but they did not prevent her from boarding.
Title companies can wire large sums abroad without attracting the suspicion Imran did at the bank, and with Hina — the nominal sole owner of each of the houses — residing in that country, it would be natural to send the proceeds to her.
In addition to the three houses sold or slated to be sold since June 20, Imran’s lawyer, Chris Gowen, told The New York Times that the $283,000 wire in January was preceded by other similar transfers to Pakistan. “Gowen said the transfer represented the latest payment by his client for a piece of property he was buying in the country,” The Times reported.
Gowen would not tell TheDCNF whether the proceeds of the $360,000 June 20 home sale were wired to Pakistan, nor where the income from the two upcoming sales would go. The office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia declined to comment on whether it would block the disbursements.
The value of the known homes that have been sold since November or are currently being sold is $1.8 million. There is also the $283,000 January wire transfer from the Congressional bank, in addition to previous wires of unknown amounts that Imran’s lawyer acknowledged.
Since Imran’s lawyer said the January wire of nearly $300,000 was the latest in a series of wires, the transfers may have been about moving money from the $4 million in House payments or other sources.
Authorities arrested Imran at Dulles airport trying to fly to Pakistan and accused him of taking out a home-equity loan on a rental house by falsely claiming that it was his primary residence and that the money would be used for home improvements. Real estate pictures show no improvements were made, and the money was sent to Pakistan.
The November 2016 sale of the Linnett Hill home from Imran’s wife to his brother likely broke the same law. Realtors said it was extremely unlikely that the five-percent-down loan Jamal Awan used to buy the house from his brother would have permitted Jamal to continue to rent it out to others, which he did.
A fourth Awan sibling, Adeela, and her husband Naeem Shah have now been drawn into the web with the June 20 sale of the Sprayer Street home to Naeem. Naeem also used a five-percent-down mortgage that would almost always require the couple to use the house as their primary residence, but they already own another home.
A marriage certificate shows Naeem Munawar Shah married Adeela Ashraf Awan, Imran’s sister, in 2006.
Court records show that Naeem had second thoughts at being dragged into the siblings’ suspicious finances months after it was known police were onto them.
“Awan’s sister and brother attended the hearing. Both gave consent to allow Mr. Awan to reside at their addresses … His sister unfortunately had not consulted her husband about the process. Mr. Awan’s brother-in law does not want Mr. Awan residing at his address,” documents dealing with Imran’s post-arrest release say.
The FBI affidavit says Imran’s mother-in-law, Suriayyah Bagim, also lent her name to financial schemes.
The Awans’ father later changed his last name to Shah, and a relative claimed it was because he didn’t want to be associated with his sons’ fraudulent behavior.
Imran’s real estate hijinks and his Capitol Hill work both appear to share the same tactic of using family members as proxies for seemingly shady activities.
But unlike the real estate schemes, members of Congress — employing members are listed below — had to sign off on forms granting IT access to those people and adding them to the payroll.
EXCLUSIVE: Wasserman Schultz Aide In Pakistan Still Liquidating Assets In US
Imran Awan, a congressional aide arrested by the FBI after wiring $300,000 to Pakistan and misrepresenting the purpose, had previously wired money to the Muslim country and was frantically liquidatin
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