NY Post: Investigators Examining Whether Wasserman-Schultz’s IT Staffers Sold Info to Foreign Govts

NY Post: Investigators Examining Whether Wasserman-Schultz’s IT Staffers Sold Info to Foreign Govts

NY Post: Investigators Examining Whether Wasserman-Schultz’s IT Staffers Sold Info to Foreign Govts

While we’re all preoccupied with media-fanned outrage over Civil War statues and donning solar glasses to view the historical eclipse, a scandal with the potential for far-reaching consequences is being ignored by most of the mainstream media. And it has to do with Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s new band:

Ok, I kid. She has no musical talent. But the subject matter is very real. From Townhall and the New York Post:

Federal authorities are investigating whether sensitive data was stolen from congressional offices by several Pakistani-American tech staffers and sold to Pakistani or Russian intelligence, knowledgeable sources say…

“This is a massive, massive scandal,” a senior US official familiar with the widening probe told The Post…During the probe, investigators found valuable government data that is believed to have been taken from the network and placed on offsite servers, setting off more alarms. Some 80 offices were potentially compromised.

[IT staffer Imran] Awan had access to Wasserman Schultz’s e-mails at both Congress and the DNC, where he had been given the password to her iPad. After DNC e-mails and research files were stolen during the presidential election, Wasserman Schultz reportedly refused to turn over the server to the FBI and instead called in a private firm to investigate and ID the hackers. The firm blamed the Russian government, while admitting, “We don’t have hard evidence.” The corrupted DNC server, held in storage, still has not been examined by the FBI. Wasserman Schultz denies the DNC turned down the FBI’s assistance or that her congressional or DNC e-mails were compromised by Awan. “This whole investigation pivots off Debbie Wasserman Schultz,” the official said.

“Logic dictates that sensitive data was compromised,” the senior official speculated. “An accused criminal with close ties to Pakistan had full and complete control over data that went out over the network.”

Now anyone in their right mind would have fired Awan after becoming aware of his dubious character. But not Wasserman-Schultz. Why?

And:

…if the Post’s sources are correct, the feds are now examining whether the Kremlin may have had some inside assistance from Democratic staffers who had access to reams of information. [emphasis added]

I’ll let that sink in for a moment.

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz departing the capitol (Photo Credit: National Review)

Remember, Wasserman-Schultz was the chair of the DNC until she was forced to resign following the embarrassing WikiLeaks email scandal. That body reportedly denied the FBI access to its servers following “the Russian hack.” But what if “the hack” was never a hack at all? What if it was a leak via the Awan brothers, and a careless Wasserman-Schultz, and possibly other congressional members, who allowed them unfettered access to information they had no business seeing? And what if it was they who gave the info to the Russians? And what if Wasserman-Schultz discovered the breach, found herself compromised, and was then blackmailed by the Awans? Wouldn’t that be the biggest scandal since Watergate? And wouldn’t it explain the focus of the Democrats, and their compliant media, on Trump-Russia collusion in an effort to cover for the real collusion and obstruction of justice?

What started out 16 months ago as a scandal involving the alleged theft of computer equipment from Congress has turned into a national-security investigation involving FBI surveillance of the suspects. Investigators now suspect that sensitive US government data — possibly including classified information — could have been compromised and may have been sold to hostile foreign governments that could use it to blackmail members of Congress or even put their lives at risk. [emphasis added]

Blackmail.

Of course, as of now, all of this is conjecture. Nevertheless, let’s take a look at Wasserman-Schultz’s recent behavior:

  • She shared with other House members the seemingly unqualified Awan brothers, and one of their wives, then paid them exorbitant, taxpayer-funded salaries, even though they were AWOL from work much of the time. She retained Awan as an employee even after she became aware of his many legal problems, and even after he was barred from the House computer system, in an apparent breach of House rules.
  • She threatened Capitol Police—who were in possession of her laptop at the time—on camera:

  • She’s reportedly lashing out at the smallest of stresses and dodging the media
  • She played the “islamaphobia” card in response to questions about why she kept Awan on as an employee, only firing him after he was arrested on bank fraud charges

And then there’s this:

And this, from Andrew C. McCarthy, a must-read:

I’ll leave it to you to decide whether or not these are the actions of a woman who’s simply stressed about her friend’s growing legal problems, or if something more sinister is afoot. But after reading the above article, does anyone else smell a cover-up?

Wasserman-Schultz needs to come clean. If indeed there was a security breach and sensitive documents made it into the hands of foreign actors, it’s her duty to tell investigators everything she knows. We’re talking about the potential for a massive breach of national security here (sound familiar?), not the silly musings of a woman yacking about yoga. Anything else looks like Wasserman-Shultz is hiding something. And something significant.

Don’t hold your breath.

Here’s hoping we have a genuine investigation—a thorough, politics-free investigation—and subsequent prosecutions if the facts lead there. We all know that at least one sham investigation ***cough Hillary*** happened under the previous FBI director and attorney general. Applying equal justice—what the newly-minted FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jess Sessions promised—is the only way the FBI, and the DOJ, can regain the public trust. And that includes, should the facts warrant, holding Wasserman-Schultz, and anyone else who may be involved, accountable. But as it stands today, it’s looking more like déjà vu all over again.

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8 Comments
  • Skillyboo says:

    Once again another story that has possible criminal implications and, more than likely, will be swept under the same rug all the other possible crimes have swept under. Must be an awfully big rug. Seems obvious now that all of Washington, if you’re part of that swamp that they keep talking about, are exempt from the laws the rest of us must follow. Makes one wonder if all this anti Trump hysteria is because he may start cleaning the some or all of dirt out that is under that rug.

  • GWB says:

    the only way the FBI, and the DOJ, can regain the public trust

    Without a major purging of the gov’t, I doubt that’s possible at all. We have totally departed the rule of law, and every bureau in the gov’t is corrupted (yes, including the military).

  • Wfjag says:

    NY Post – not Washington Post, not NY Times.

  • Joseph says:

    Welcome to the socialist revolution, Comrades!!! (Sarcasm)

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