Democrat IT Team from Pakistan Gave Classified Intelligence to the Pakistani Government

FAISALABAD, Pakistan — The father of Imran Awan — an IT aide to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz who investigators concluded made “unauthorized access” to House servers — transferred a USB drive to a Pakistani senator and former head of a Pakistani intelligence agency, the father’s ex-business partner, Rashid Minhas, alleged.

Minhas told The Daily Caller News Foundation that Imran Awan’s father, Haji Ashraf Awan, was giving data to Pakistani official Rehman Malik, and that Imran bragged he had the power to “change the U.S. president.”

Asked for how he knew this, he said that on one occasion in 2008 when a “USB [was] given to Rehman Malik by Imran’s father, my brother Abdul Razzaq was with his father.”

“After Imran’s father deliver (sic) USB to Rehman Malik, four Pakistani [government intelligence] agents were with his father 24-hour on duty to protect him,” he said. Minhas did not say what was on the USB.

TheDCNF traveled to Pakistan for this story and interviewed numerous residents who interacted with Imran, and they confirmed that he does travel that country with a contingent of armed Pakistani government officials and routinely brags about mysterious political power.

The House Office of Inspector General charged in Sept. 30, 2016 that data was being funneled off the House network by the Awans as recently as September 2016 — shortly before the presidential election.

Nearly Imran’s entire immediate family was on the House payroll working as IT aides to one-fifth of House Democrats, and he began working for the House in 2004.  The inspector general, Michael Ptasienski, testified this month that “system administrators hold the ‘keys to the kingdom’ meaning they can create accounts, grant access, view, download, update, or delete almost any electronic information within an office. Because of this high-level access, a rogue system administrator could inflict considerable damage.”

Minhas said “Imran Awan said to me directly these words: ‘See how I control White House on my fingertip…’ He say he can fire the prime minister or change the U.S. president,” Minhas said. “Why the claiming big stuff, I [didn’t] understand ’till now.”

“I was Imran father’s partner in Pakistan,” Minhas said, in two land deals in Pakistan so big that they are often referred to as “towns.” In 2009, both men were accused of fraud, and Haji was arrested but then released after Imran flew to Pakistan, “allegedly… exerting pressure on the local police through the ministry as well as the department concerned,” according to local news. Minhas and multiple alleged victims in Pakistan also told TheDCNF Imran exerted political influence in Pakistan to extricate his father from the case.

Minhas is now in U.S. federal prison for additional fraud, and TheDCNF could not confirm whether Minhas’ claims about the USBs are true. But Minhas said the DOJ or FBI never interviewed him about the Awans, an indicator the potential for espionage may not have been explored extensively. The probe involves money allegedly disappearing to Pakistan and Minhas was, prominently, their business partner there.

He is also one of many people with past relationships with the Awans who have said they believe they are aggressive opportunists who will do anything for money. And parts of Minhas’s story correlate with observations elsewhere. Haji’s wife, Samina Gilani — Imran’s stepmother — said in court documents that Imran used his IT skills to wiretap her as a means of exerting pressure on her.

Haji would frequently boast that Imran’s position gave him political leverage, numerous Pakistani residents told TheDCNF. “My son own White House in D.C.,” he would say, according to Minhas. “I am king-maker.”

Sen. Malik is a former intelligence agent who served as director of the Federal Investigation Agency from 1993 to 1996. From 2004 to 2007, he was chief of security for former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. In 2013, he became an adviser to Prime Minister Yousaf Gillani, and served as Interior Minister until 2013, a capacity in which he interfaced with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He now serves in the Pakistani Senate.

Sen. Malik denied any relationship with the parties allegedly involved, saying “I am hearing their names for the first time. I am in public and people always do name-dropping.” Chris Gowen, an attorney for Imran, said Minhas’s contentions were “completely and totally false.”

House Sergeant-At-Arms Paul Irving banned the Awans from the congressional network on Feb. 2, 2017 after the IG report alleged that the Awans were making “unauthorized access” to House servers. They logged in using members of Congress’s personal usernames and logged into servers of members for whom they did not work, the IG report said. After some members fired them, they still kept accessing their data, an IG presentation charged.

The behavior mirrored a “classic method for insiders to exfiltrate data from an organization,” and “steps are being taken [by the Awans] to conceal their activity,” it said.

In the months before the election, the epicenter of the cyberbreach was the server of the House Democratic Caucus, a sister group of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Authorities said they believe Imran secretly moved all the data of more than a dozen House members’ offices onto the caucus server.

The server may have been “used for nefarious purposes and elevated the risk that individuals could be reading and/or removing information,” an IG presentation said. The Awans logged into it 27 times a day, far more than any other computer they administered.

Imran’s most forceful advocate and longtime employer is Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who led the DNC until she resigned following a hack that exposed committee emails. Wikileaks published those emails, and they show that DNC staff summoned Imran when they needed her password.

Democrats have blamed the DNC hack for former Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential race.

Soon after the IG report, the entire House Democratic Caucus server was physically stolen, three government officials said, in what authorities took as evidence tampering. Then-Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra has refused to discuss the incident except to say that he would cooperate with authorities.

The Awans began selling their assets during the same time period. In January 2017 they took out a loan intended for home improvement, falsely claimed a medical emergency in order to cash out their House retirement account, and wired $300,000 overseas, according to an FBI affidavit.

Imran was arrested at Dulles Airport in July 2017 trying to fly to Pakistan with a wiped cell phone and a resume that listed his address as Queens, New York, prosecutors said. Imran and his wife, Hina Alvi, were indicted in August on bank fraud charges, with prosecutors contending in court filings that shortly before moving the money, the couple had likely learned that authorities were closing in on them for their other activities.

Yet Imran and Hina have not been charged with unauthorized access to congressional data, despite an analysis of server logs by House investigators that determined that unauthorized access by Imran and Hina occurred. Three other suspects – Abid Awan, Jamal Awan and Rao Abbas – have faced no charges. Abid’s wife, Ukraniane-born Nataliia Sova, was also on the payroll but left before the Awan family was banned.

The separation between the legislative and executive branch has complicated the prosecution. Congressmen have refused to publicly address the IG’s findings, and Wasserman Schultz’s brother is a prosecutor in the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, which is handling the case.

Two months after the ban, Capitol Police found that Imran was in the building and left a laptop with username RepDWS in a phone booth along with a note that read “attorney client privilege,” according to a police report.

Wasserman Schultz hired a private lawyer to block prosecutors from looking at the computer. Imran’s attorney then said the laptop should not be looked at unless he withdraws his claim of attorney-client privilege. Their next court date is May 4.

The suspects worked for foreign affairs committee members such as Ted Lieu of California and for intelligence committee members Joaquin Castro of Texas, Andre Carson of Indiana, and Jackie Speier of California. All have ignored repeated requests for comment.

Imran appeared to still have a backdoor into the congressional network as late as August 2017 through the email account 123@mail.house.gov, according to civil court filings. Instead of Imran’s name, the email address was associated with the name Nathaniel Bennett, an intelligence specialist for Carson.

Minhas said “Last time I seen Mr. devil Awan in Pakistan 2010 about him and his father commit fraud with me and other landlords in Faisalabad.” Minhas and Haji Awan acquired a large tract of farmland from elderly farmers to turn into a housing development, but allegedly failed to pay them. When the farmers filed charges, Imran tried to have the elderly victims arrested by claiming they beat and “tortured” him, and used political influence to have police drop the charges against his father, according to a detailed 2009 article in Pakistani newspaper Dawn.

Minhas said that was Sen. Malik’s influence. “The way he used his resources through Congress to call U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and Pakistani officials, it was so bad,” Minhas said. “What the hell Rehman Malik was doing” being involved in a local case?

The alleged scam Minhas and Haji ran was not the only one for either. Minhas is now in federal prison in Minnesota for swindling money from American Muslims.

According to court documents, Minhas stole $700,000 from American Muslims by using their faith against them. He set up travel agencies that sold cheap tickets to the Hajj, the obligatory trip to Mecca. But instead of providing the tickets, he sent buyers letters saying “Allah didn’t invite you. That’s why you guys didn’t go,” as one victim recounted in court papers. “So, he blamed the whole thing on God, not on his thing what he did to us.”

Prosecutors said “he used the travel agency down in Falls Church, Va., as a stalking horse to make it appear to his customers that he was doing what he was supposed to be doing, knowing all along that he wouldn’t get those visas.”

Minhas lived in Chicago at the time, while Imran ran a car dealership in Falls Church on top of his $165,000-a-year job in Congress. But no connection between Imran and the travel agency was apparent.

The Awans’ car dealership business partner Nasir Khattek said in sworn testimony that the automobile business — called Cars International A, or CIA — used false bookkeeping and took $100,000 from Ali Al-Attar, an Iraqi government official who is wanted by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Minhas has been in prison since 2014. He said his brother, Abdul Razzaq, witnessed one handoff of a USB between the elder Awan and Malik in 2008. He said his brother has since died.

Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, then a House member, inexplicably paid the elder Awan $116 in late 2007 to be his “systems administrator,” according to payroll records, even though he did not have any computer training and said on insurance documents that he worked as a religious figure.

Imran told Laurel Everly, a tenant of one of his family’s numerous Virginia rental homes, that Imran sometimes performed his job administering congressional servers from Pakistan.

Several people, including Imran’s stepmother Gilani, said Imran used his job as a congressional IT administrator to exert pressure, particularly among foreigners and immigrants.

Minhas said the Awans also defrauded him. “My brothers brought all customers and investors. I stay in Pakistan March 2006 to August 2006 and sold about 79 percent town name Gulshan-e-Moin (sic), after sold that town end of 2006, we purchased another land and sold 40 percent land to Faisalabad Agriculture University staff.

“In 2007 Awan family showed me dirty blood in their body, and from 37 acres they only transfer 1000 square feet oh yes only 1000 square feet in my name, and I was third 34 percent partner.”

Even with Minhas out of the picture and the Awans in full control of the land business, multiple people said Imran and his family have continued to defraud them in Pakistan. The land was subdivided and a portion sold to the faculty of the Faisalabad Agriculture University to build a housing complex for professors.

Dr. Zafar Iqbal, a faculty member and the group’s president, told TheDCNF in an interview on his front porch that the group paid Haji for the land, but he never turned over the deed, and they have been fighting him and Imran for it for years.

In January 2017, Haji died and Imran traveled to Pakistan, where the association members cornered him, Dr. Iqbal said. Imran cautioned them that he “has got powerful political connections in Pakistan and in the U.S,” Dr. Iqbal said, adding that he had seen the government agents protecting him. Imran promised to either refund their money or get them the deeds.

But Imran “pulled another trick,” Dr. Iqbal said. “He’s such type of person.”

Wajid Al-Sayed reported from Faisalabad, Pakistan.

BREAKING: McCabe, Under Criminal Investigation, Announces Lawsuit Against Trump For Defamation

By Ben Shapiro

Andrew McCabe, former deputy FBI director now referred by the inspector general for criminal prosecution over leaks to the media, is planning to sue the Trump administration for defamation and wrongful termination. McCabe, of course, was fired just days before he was set to legally retire, based on the IG report that stated that he had leaked to the media and had lied to federal investigators. According to Axios:

McCabe’s lawyers are also seeking ways to release emails and phone call transcripts between McCabe and former FBI Director James Comey, which would offer insight into their communication about the leaks to the Wall Street Journal.

Comey, of course, has said openly that McCabe did not have his permission to leak the material at issue in the criminal probe.

McCabe’s lawyer said that Trump had engaged in “continuing slander,” adding, “We’ve never seen anything like this before. It does damage not only to Andy McCabe individually but also to the FBI as an institution.” McCabe has already raised some $550,000 on GoFundMe thanks to his firing by the Trump administration.

It will be quite difficult for McCabe to win any such lawsuit for defamation. The legal standard for defamation of a public figure is quite high: actual malice must be proven. That standard includes a false statement that the defendant knows is false or that the defendant doesn’t care is false. Now, there are courts that may rule that Trump has shown actual malice against McCabe based on his myriad tweets regarding him, but that’s not an open and shut case.

This seems far more like McCabe trying to distract from his current legal situation by misdirecting toward Trump, rather than McCabe zealously protecting his reputation. But what else is new? According to the IG report, McCabe allegedly leaked to the media regarding his involvement in the Clinton Foundation investigation for his own personal benefit.

Last chance for Russiagate? Democrats file lawsuit against Trump campaign, Russia and WikiLeaks

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In a last-ditch effort to keep the Trump/Russia collusion story alive, the Democratic National Committee filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit on Friday against the Trump campaign, the Russian government, and WikiLeaks.

The suit alleges that the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government to hack the DNC’s computer network and publish the committee’s emails via WikiLeaks, reported the Washington Post.

“During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russia launched an all-out assault on our democracy, and it found a willing and active partner in Donald Trump’s campaign,” DNC Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement.

The DNC is seeking financial reparations for the alleged collusion, which the committee says amounted to an illegal conspiracy to interfere in the 2016 election.

While heavy on blame, the suit is conspicuously light on evidence. White House Special Counsel Robert Mueller has found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, despite looking for almost a year.

Claims that Trump attempted to interfere with the FBI’s investigation were also dashed this Thursday, with the release of former FBI Director James Comey’s memos of his meetings with the president. The memos showed that Trump was cooperative and wanted all allegations of collusion properly investigated. Likewise, Russian responsibility for the DNC data breach has never been established.

WikiLeaks and Julian Assange are among the defendants in the suit, as is the hacker Guccifer 2.0, who allegedly provided WikiLeaks with the trove of internal DNC emails detailing the Democrats’ financial and other dealings in the run-up to the 2016 election. The whistleblowing website is being accused of serving as a tool of Russian influence, and the hacker is summarily listed as an operative of GRU, the Russian foreign military intelligence.

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Trump is not named as a defendant. Rather, the Democrats are targeting key figures in the Trump team “who met with people believed to be affiliated with Russia” during the campaign.

Donald Trump Jr. is named, as is President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, his campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates. Manafort and Gates were charged by Special Counsel Mueller with money laundering, fraud, and tax evasion earlier this year, but not with any kind of collusion with Russia.

Republican strategist Roger Stone is named for allegedly meeting with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during the campaign, a claim he denies.

Foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos and London professor Joseph Mifsud are mentioned, as are Aras and Emin Agalarov, Russian businessmen who once held a Miss Universe beauty pageant in Moscow. As owner of the pageant, Trump attended.

The Agalarovs helped arrange a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in 2016. The suit also cites Trump traveling to the Soviet Union in 1987.

Even if the lawsuit was built on solid evidence, the DNC might find it difficult to actually sue Russia, as other nations enjoy immunity from US lawsuits.

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LEVIN URGES TRUMP TO IGNORE MUELLER – DOJ CAN’T INDICT SITTING PRESIDENT

By Rick Wells

Levin has done his homework, explaining Mueller is powerless to indict Trump and why he should ignore him completely. The US Office of Legal Counsel ruled Nixon…

Mark Levin has read the Comey memos and says, “These memos actually help the President, there is nothing incriminating in them.” He holds up the memos, saying, “See these redacted areas? They incriminate Comey, because he said he didn’t release classified information. At the bottom of a number of these pages it says “classified.”

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Levin characterizes President Trump in the content of the memos as being furious about these allegations, about prostitutes and you know, and so forth. And he continually denies it, that didn’t happen and so forth and so on.”

Noting a statement by Rosenstein to President Trump last week informing him that he’s not the target of an investigation but a subject, Levin says, “Let’s get something straight.” He has two memorandum, “one under the Nixon administration, one under the Clinton administration.”

“The Clinton Administration memorandum,” says Levin, “is thirty-nine pages long with a zillion footnotes. And here’s what it says, America and this is what you need to know that’s been going on to your country. The memo is addressed to the Attorney General of the United States from the Office of Legal Counsel, which handles Constitutional issues.”

He continues, “‘The indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting president would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its Constitutionally assigned functions.’ Page after page after page, saying a sitting United States President cannot be indicted.”

Levin says, “Now, my question is this – did they issue another memo over there at the Justice Department reversing these two memos, during the Nixon administration and the Clinton administration? No. Mr. Rosenstein, you’re the Deputy Attorney General of the United States, you’ve been overseeing Robert Mueller.”

“You tell the President of the United States last week that he’s not a criminal target. Dammit, he can’t be a criminal target under the memoranda that have been written by the Justice Department. Moreover, Justice Department regulations require the special counsel of the United States to follow the rules, regulations and ‘policies’ of the Department of Justice.”

Having shown that the whole proceeding is a paper tiger and a farce, Levin urges, “Mr. President, don’t sit down with this special counsel. This special counsel doesn’t have the power to indict you and for good reason.

He then reads a related interpretation by the DOJ which he summarizes as saying, “Mr. Mueller’s boss, Mr. Rosenstein’s boss, unless Attorney General Sessions has rejected the Department of Justice’s position that a sitting president cannot be indicted. So what are we doing?”

He then goes on to repeat a call for AG Sessions to step down, as the Deputy AG is running amok and Sessions is failing to perform his duty to protect the President from an out of control, drunk on his own power, partisan hack intent on running him out of office.

Democratic Party files suit alleging Russia, the Trump campaign, and WikiLeaks conspired to disrupt the 2016 election

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By Dan Mangan

  • The Democratic National Committee sued the Trump campaign, the Russian government, Wikileaks on Friday, accusing them of conspiring to disrupt the 2016 presidential election.

  • President Donald Trump‘s son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner are among the defendants.

  • The DNC says Russia found a “willing and active partner” in the Trump campaign to attack American democracy and defeat Hillary Clinton.

The Democratic Party on Friday sued President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the Russian government and the Wikileaks group, claiming a broad conspiracy to help Trump win the 2016 election.

The multi-million-dollar lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court says that “In the Trump campaign, Russia found a willing and active partner in this effort” to mount “a brazen attack on American Democracy.”

The suit says that “preexisting relationships with Russia and Russian oligarchs” with Trump and Trump associates “provided fertile ground for [the] Russia-Trump conspiracy.”

The common purpose of the scheme, according to the Democratic National Committee, was to “bolster Trump and denigrate the Democratic Party nominee,” Hillary Clinton, while boosting the candidate of Trump, “whose policies would benefit the Kremlin.”

The named defendants include Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., his son-in-law Jared Kushner, former campaign chief Paul Manafort and campaign official Richard Gates, and Trump ally Roger Stone.

Also named is the Russian Federation, the general state of the Russian armed force, a Russian intelligence services hacker known as Guccifer 2.0., Wikileaks and its leader Julian Assange, and 10 unidentified people.

“No one is above the law,” the suit says.

“In the run-up to the 2016 election, Russia mounted a brazen attack on American Democracy. The opening salvo was an attack on the DNC, carried out on American soil.”

“In 2015 and 2016, Russian intelligence services hacked into the DNC’s computers, penetrated its phone systems and exfiltrated tens of thousands of documents and emails,” the suit says.

“Russia then used this stolen information to advance its own interests: destabilizing the U.S. political environment, denigrating Democratic presidential nominee, and supporting the campaign of Donald J. Trump … whose policies would benefit the Kremlin,” the suit charges.

The suit alleges claims that include conspiracy, computer fraud and abuse, misappropriation of trade secrets, trespass, and other violations of the law.

 

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GRASSLEY JOINS COUP – ENABLES NEVER-TRUMPERS, DEMS PUSHING MUELLER PROTECTION BILL

By Rick Wells

Sen Grassley is allowing a bill, part of the coup, which makes an un-elected special counsel more omnipotent, a parasite a President has no way of removing, to pass…

 Despite a statement by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that an effort to permanently affix the parasitic special prosecutor to President Trump would not be brought up on the Senate floor, Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) is determined to waste the American people’s money and appease Democrats, who effectively run the Senate despite there being a Republican majority.
Grassley (R-IA) is keeping his word to his good friend and never-Trumper swamp creature Lindsey Graham, agreeing to have a vote in the Judiciary Committee on a witch hunt insulation bill that would provide a means for the reinstatement of a fired special counsel. Two anti-Trump RINOs, Lindsey Graham and Tom Tillis (R-NC) have teamed up with two globalist Democrats, Chris Coons and the flaming radical Cory Booker.

 

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Acting as if he or the cabal of four had gone out of their way in service to the nation rather than in service to the globalist efforts to undermine and oust the President, Grassley said he was just keeping his word to the never-Trumpers and subversives. Maybe he should go home and work on his tractor.

He told the coup participants that he would schedule a committee vote if they worked together to merge two bills to protect Mueller into one. The people of Iowa are likely asking themselves when Grassley became a Democrat or why he’s being even more deferential to their anti-American demands than usual.

Now that they crafted the document protecting the point man in the coup attempt, Grassley says he owes it to them to keep his word and give the bill a committee vote. He could have acted with that same level of fidelity to the Constitution, and the President of his own party in the face of the outrageous and never before seen political attacks, but he chose not to. His constituents can ask him why.

The Bill that the four traitors produced is called the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, which says that Mueller or any future special counsel can only be fired “for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or other good cause.” A special counsel who is fired could appeal to “the courts” to be reinstated.

Excuse us, Chuck, but if raiding the residences and office of the President’s personal attorney isn’t misconduct, if abandoning the original supposed criteria of the investigation, Russia-Trump collusion, and moving on to other areas beyond his scope rather than concluding the investigation isn’t misconduct, what is?

If ignoring the crimes of Hillary Clinton, and the obvious Russia collusion on the part of Democrats while trying to fabricate a crime on the part of President Trump isn’t dereliction of duty, what is?

If conspiring with criminal suspects and personal friends, Comey, Strzok, Page, McCabe, Clinton, Obama and Rosenstein, in order to maneuver into the chief witch hunter position and eliminate the President isn’t a conflict of interest, what is?

There’s a word for people who engage in a plot to overthrow a lawfully elected president and it fits most, if not all of those involved in this charade to seal President Trump’s baseless politically motivated overthrow – traitor.