The plot thickens.
The investigation into a DNC IT contractor who may have had terrorist connections and had access to House computers and emails continues, with Capitol Police saying they’re focused on “the actions of House IT support staff.”
At least five contractors, Imran Awan, two of his brothers and two other people – are the focus of the probe, officials told Fox News and there are definite concerns that emails were hacked.
There are allegations that others are involved too, including Imran’s wife, Hina Alvi.
Allegedly, they removed hundreds of thousands of dollars in equipment from House offices, including computers and servers and ran a scheme where they bought equipment and overcharged the agency that makes reimbursements.
To top it off, there are allegations that Imran is also being investigated for his ties with terrorist organizations. The allegation is that Imran owed money to Hezbollah.
The connection to the former Democratic National Committee boss has sparked questions about whether the contractors could have ties to the DNC hack last summer, which was seen to hurt Hillary Clinton’s ultimately failed White House bid — or whether Russia or other outside operatives accessed emails that the contractors allegedly put on a cloud server.
House Democrats – including former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz – are standing by the Awan family, suggesting that racism is the reason behind the prove and the allegations.
Rep. Gregory Meeks, a New York Democrat, echoed Wasserman Schultz’s sentiments.
“I have seen no evidence that they were doing anything that was nefarious,” he told Politico. “I wanted to be sure individuals are not being singled out because of their nationalities or their religion.”
But other troubling allegations have surfaced.
The Daily Caller has reported that police in January were called to the home of a woman identified in the incident report as the stepmother of the Awan brothers.
The woman alleged the brothers were keeping her away from her dying husband.
Abid Awan told police her bedside visits were causing their father additional stress and that he had full power of attorney over him, then produced “an unsigned, undated document as proof.”
A family member told a foundation reporter that the stepsons had kept the women in a “sort of illegal captivity” from October 2016 apparently until their father’s death in early February in a plot to get his life-insurance money. And they threatened her in an effort to get money that their father had stashed in Pakistan, the family member said.
The Daily Caller story said the stepmother has filed a separate police complaint alleging insurance fraud.
According to LegiStorm.com, which tracks congressional pay, the contractors’ Capitol Hill work started in 2004 with at least two making six-figure salaries, including Abid Awan last year earning $166,944.
Awan apparently still had money troubles. He declared bankruptcy in 2012, disclosing more than $1.1 million in debt.