Fresh from the desk of “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up,” it was recently revealed that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz did not require or request background checks on the Awan brothers who were granted access to and compromised very sensitive congressional electronic data.
Not only is Wasserman Schultz guilty of this egregious incompetence, so are 43 of her Democrat colleagues in the House, who also hired the Awans per Wasserman-Schultz’s referral as IT professionals and had their official House electronic accounts compromised as well. They all, likewise, did not vet the Awans in any way prior to turning over their official usernames and passwords to Imran Awan and his associates.
Every one of the 44 House Democrats who hired Pakistan-born IT aides who later allegedly made “unauthorized access” to congressional data appears to have chosen to exempt them from background checks, according to congressional documents.
All of them appear to have waived background checks on Imran Awan and his family members, even though the family of server administrators could collectively read all the emails and files of 1 in 5 House Democrats, and despite background checks being recommended for such positions, according to an inspector general’s report. The House security policy requires offices to fill out a form attesting that they’ve initiated background checks, but it also includes a loophole allowing them to simply say that another member vouched for them.
Among the red flags in Abid’s background were a $1.1 million bankruptcy; six lawsuits against him or a company he owned; and at least three misdemeanor convictions including for DUI and driving on a suspended license, according to Virginia court records. Public court records show that Imran and Abid operated a car dealership referred to as CIA that took $100,000 from an Iraqi government official who is a fugitive from U.S. authorities. Numerous members of the family were tied to cryptic LLCs such as New Dawn 2001, operated out of Imran’s residence, Virginia corporation records show. Imran was the subject of repeated calls to police by multiplewomen and had multiple misdemeanor convictions for driving offenses, according to court records.
If a screening had caught those, what officials say happened next might have been averted. The House inspector general reported on Sept. 20, 2016, that shortly before the election members of the group were logging into servers of members they didn’t work for, logging in using congressmen’s personal usernames, uploading data off the House network, and behaving in ways that suggested “nefarious purposes” and that “steps are being taken to conceal their activity.”
A pair of closely-held reports on Imran Awan, his brothers Abid and Jamal, his wife Hina Alvi, and his friend Rao Abbas, said, “the shared employees have not been vetted (e.g. background check).”
“Shared employees” means they were all hired as part-time, individual employees by individual members, cobbling together $165,000 salaries. Jamal began making that salary at only 20 years old, according to House payroll records; Abid never went to college, his stepmother said; and Rao Abbas’ most recent job experience was being fired from McDonald’s, according to his roommate. (“Whether they had formal training or not, they were trained on the job by Imran,” one of Imran’s lawyers said.)
As unbelievable as it sounds that 44 members of the US House of Representatives would give any unvetted person off the street access to such highly sensitive, even classified, information as their official House electronic communications, that was ultimately compromised, is well beyond gross incompetence.
Now, the House member who did not vet the Awans in any way, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and hooked them up with 43 other Democrat members of the House, has introduced a bill requiring background checks for everyday US citizens to purchase ammunition.
Apparently, Wasserman Schultz and her leftist pals, who have no idea which end of a firearm the bullet comes out of, don’t realize how easy it is to reload your own brass.
The hypocrisy is mind-numbing!