We need answers in Democrats’ congressional IT drama

If a Russian-born IT specialist with longstanding ties to former Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus was arrested by the FBI trying to board a flight to Moscow after wiring hundreds of thousands of dollars abroad on a false pretense while leaving a trail of destroyed hard drives in his wake, it would be the subject of banner headlines and 24/7 speculation on cable TV. Instead we have the case of Imran Awan, a Pakistani IT specialist hired by then-Democratic National Committee head Debbie Wasserman Shultz, picked up by the Feds under similar circumstances to a collective yawn from the mainstream press.  Awan’s defense attorney, Clinton-connected Chris Gowan, blames the whole thing on Islamophobia. Wasserman Shultz’s office also played the bias card, saying the investigation raises “troubling concerns about … potential ethnic and religious profiling.”   Others aver that making anything more of this case than bank fraud is an exercise in fake news. True, there is a strong tendency these days to pass off rank speculation as fact, such as when Hillary Clinton made the evidence-free claim that 1,000 Russian agents had been working in the U.S. to bring about her political demise.  So let’s stick to what we know. We have an extremely highly-paid information technology technician and several of his family members working for many years with leading Congressional Democrats, including some on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. They collectively pulled down millions of dollars since the early 2000s. Awan’s main employer was the head of the DNC at the time… [Read full story]

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