The story about Imran Awan, the Muslim IT staffer employed by Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, just took an interesting turn.
Earlier we reported that Awan was arrested trying to flee the country with $12,000 cash on him, after he wired nearly $300,000 to Pakisatn. Awan had been employed by Wasserman-Schultz all of the way up until Tuesday, and now it looks as if he has direct links to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
This is getting good.
Julian Assange of Wikileaks posted an email from 2016, in which Awan and Pelosi are both discussed. At the time, aides for Wasserman-Schultz and Pelosi were trying to coordinate getting Pelosi’s iPad to Awan, for reasons unknown.
— Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) July 25, 2017
The email reads:
Pelosi is doing s [sic] closed door meeting. No staff or anyone allowed. Kaitlyn come to Rayburn room and get her iPad for Imran.
Tracie and Kate I will call Kate. Conf in Tracie
Rep. Wasserman Schultz
So Awan had access to the House Minority Lear’s iPad, which should scare the daylights out of everyone. Further, Pelosi tried to act as if she had no idea who Awan was when she was asked about it.
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) July 26, 2017
The craziest part about all of this is Wasserman-Schultz circumvented an order by Capitol Police barring Awan from working on the Hill by hiring him as a consultant. He was employed in this capacity until Tuesday, Politico reported.
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.
Awan pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to one count of bank fraud during his arraignment in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Awan is accused of attempting to defraud the Congressional Federal Credit Union by obtaining a $165,000 home equity loan for a rental property, which is against the credit union’s policies since it is not the owner’s primary residence. Those funds were then included as part of a wire transfer to two individuals in Faisalabad, Pakistan.
Awan was arrested at Dulles Airport on Monday evening before boarding a flight to Lahore, Pakistan. His wife, Hina Alvi, has already left the country for Pakistan along with their children. Federal agents do not believe Alvi has any intention of returning to the U.S., according to a court document.
This news comes after we reported the FBI seized smashed hard drives from Awan’s former residence – hard drives that appeared to belong to the government, the Marine who found them said.
So once again, the plot thickens.
Grab your popcorn, because this is going to get good.