Fox News contributor Andrew Napolitano told Fox News host Stuart Varney that the federal bank fraud charges against former DNC and Congressional employee Imran Awan are just “the tip of the iceberg” in a case that has possibly wide-ranging implications. Awan was arrested in mid-July while seeking to leave the United States on a flight to his native Pakistan. Khan, his two brothers and a friend, had been investigated for overcharging Members of Congress for IT services that also gave them access to sensitive Congressional communications, including emails to and from the House Intelligence Committee. Despite the ongoing investigation that had commenced in February, Awan remained on the payroll of former DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) until his arrest.
Why was Debbie Wasserman Schultz STILL paying Imran Awan 💰💰💰 AFTER he was barred from Congressional computers?https://t.co/QgNrI6DGxB— Cari Kelemen 🇺🇸 (@KelemenCari) July 31, 2017
Napolitano told Varney on July 31, “He was arrested for some financial crime. That’s the tip of the iceberg. The real crime against him was that he had contact, he had access to emails of every member of Congress and he sold what he found in there. What did he sell and to whom did he sell it. That’s what the FBI wants to know. This may be a very, very serious national security investigation.”
Awan worked for Wasserman-Schultz for 13 years. According to Rep. Steve King (R-IA), Imran had full access to everything on the computers of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. About 20 to 80 computers were compromised by the Imran group. The group was paid more than $1 million over the course of 10 years for their IT services. Imran Awan also owned rental properties and a used-car business in Virginia.
In 2016, eight House Democrats on the committee demanded that staffers be given access to top secret classified information, according to Frontpage Magazine. The Members of Congress issuing the demand were: Andre Carson, Luis Gutierrez, Jim Himes, Terri Sewell, Jackie Speier, Mike Quigley, Eric Swalwell, and Patrick Murphy. Access was granted.
According to Andrew McCarthy of National Review:
…Awan and his family cabal of fraudsters had access for years to the e-mails and other electronic files of members of the House’s Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees. It turns out they were accessing members’ computers without their knowledge, transferring files to remote servers, and stealing computer equipment — including hard drives that Awan & Co. smashed to bits of bytes before making tracks…
…This is not about bank fraud. The Awan family swindles are plentiful, but they are just window-dressing. This appears to be a real conspiracy, aimed at undermining American national security…
…A more pressing question is: Why were they given access to highly sensitive government information? Ordinarily, that requires a security clearance, awarded only after a background check that peruses ties to foreign countries, associations with unsavory characters, and vulnerability to blackmail.