DNC Staffer Being Investigated For Terrorism Ties Stays On The Payroll

An employee at the Democratic National Committee is the lead suspect in a terrorism investigation involving security breaches at the House of Representatives.

Imran Awan is the top person being investigated in a criminal probe that was launched last month. Imran, who has been working for the DNC since 2005, was reportedly in possession of an iPad used by chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the same time the DNC’s emails were leaked to WikiLeaks, TheBlaze reports.

Shortly after Imran was hired, four of his family members were put on the DNC payroll, along with one other friend – each of them receiving “the maximum amount of money you can make.” But The Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak believes Awan’s family and friends weren’t actually working at the DNC – but were simply on the payroll so he could make more money.

“Those were most likely ghost employees,” Rosiak told Dana Loesch. “Basically, the money was going to him and he was doing the work, but they were all making the maximum allowable salary. They were making the same thing a congressman makes, basically. So that adds up to $5 million right there.”

The connection is to terrorism is that Awan owed money to Hezbollah, Rosiak believes.

…the Pakistani brothers controlled a limited liability corporation called Cars International A (CIA), a car dealership with odd finances, which took–and was unable to repay–a $100,000 loan from Dr. Ali Al-Attar.

Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, wrote that Attar “was observed in Beirut, Lebanon conversing with a Hezbollah official” in 2012–shortly after the loan was made. Attar has also been accused of helping provoke the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq as a leader of Iraqi dissidents opposed to Saddam Hussein.

In addition to “cheating the system,” Rosiak writes that Imran also had access to the intelligence and technology used by DNC leadership.

WikiLeaks emails show that although Imran was employed by her taxpayer-funded House office, the Florida Democrat’s world — and iPad — mixed DNC, House and campaign business, and that Imran was on call for, and on a first-name basis with, top DNC staff.

Authorities in the House began suspecting the Awan family and began investigating them during their search for a secret computer server that was sending congressional data off-site.

Capitol police then ordered Imran to stay away from House servers during the investigation. Despite all this, Schultz decided to keep Imran on staff in an “advisory position.”

“She’s circumventing the Capitol Police’s direct orders that he’s not supposed to touch House computer systems because he is the suspect in a major criminal investigation,” Rosiak told Loesch. “So she’s having him advise remotely so he could be telling other people what to do in a way that he potentially still has access to this stuff.”

This has been an ongoing investigation by Rosiak. He said that Schultz is likely afraid to fire Awan for fear of being called racist.

“Representative Gregory Meeks has said he maybe thinks they’re being framed because they’re Muslim,” answered Rosiak. “But we have a police report showing that their own step-mother called the police on them, and she’s of course Muslim.”


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Robert Gehl

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Robert Gehl is a college professor in Phoenix, Arizona. He has over 15 years journalism experience, including two Associated Press awards. He lives in Glendale with his wife and two young children.

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