Liddick: The collusion no one’s talking about (column)
July 31, 2017
Imran Awan was arrested at Dulles airport last Tuesday while trying to flee the country for his native Pakistan. His two brothers, wife, children and several other family members had already fled. When his arrest became known prominent Democrats, led by former Democrat National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz raised the hue and cry of "Islamophobia," excoriating the Feds for their biases. Sorry. Not this time.
Awan is a prime target of investigations led by the Capitol Police. He and other family members were employed by Wasserman-Schultz and other Democrats for years, at high rates of pay, as IT technicians in both congressional and party offices — but staffers said they were "hardly ever seen," and what they actually did was a bit of a mystery. Was the Awan crime family engaged in anything besides the time-honored traditions of featherbedding and kickbacks, through which public monies are channeled to a favored few in return for "considerations" given to their paymasters? Probably. But no one seems to care who introduced Awan to Wasserman-Schultz, and why. Or what the interlocutor's relationship was to the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency, Pakistan's CIA?
We know that Awan and company had access to a wide range of communications, files and other confidential information from high-ranking Democrat congresspersons including members of the House permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Committee on Foreign Affairs, some of which was moved to the cloud; they had similar access to the Democrat National Committee's information infrastructure: Awan had an iPad belonging to Wasserman-Schultz when information about DNC actions against Bernie Sanders was given to Wikileaks. We know Awan took out a number of fraudulent mortgages to solve perpetual "money problems."
In counter-intelligence work, high debt plus access to sensitive material paints a target on one's back as big as Texas. But Awan was protected by Democrats including Wasserman-Schultz, who until last week refused to allow Federal investigators to access the laptop he used, found stashed in a sparsely-occupied House Office Building. She also prevented access to a number of smashed-up hard drives seized from a home he rented before attempting to disappear. In hearings about the Capitol Police budget, she threatened "consequences" if these devices were not returned. Why the panic?
Perhaps Ms. Wasserman-Schultz suspects — or even knows — the contents of these hard drives, and understands its potential impact on current efforts by Democrats and their Never-Trump Republican allies to overturn the results of November last? What if — as Wikileaks Julian Assange insists — information about John Podesta's loathing for the average American and the Democrat party's betrayal of one of its major presidential candidates came not from the Russians, but from someone much closer to them?
We are clearly sailing in deep waters. For more than 10 years, a group of foreign nationals with sketchy credentials and questionable backgrounds engaged in many sorts of naughty behavior: Stealing government equipment, overcharging for services and transferring large amounts of money to third parties in Pakistan are among things federal agents are investigating. They had almost unfettered access to reams of sensitive material from Congressional Committees central to the conduct of our foreign policy. And until last week, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz protected the man at the center of it all. Again, why? Could she fear that investigators are on the cusp of discovering the 30,000 "missing" Clinton emails? While Hillary and Bill are probably too smart to leave a paper trail on quids-pro-quo over things like the Uranium One deal, some of their colleagues may not have been so fastidious.
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There may be even darker information; real "House of Cards" stuff. What do these hard drives and laptop have to say about DNC official Seth Rich, gunned down in Washington, D.C., last year in an attempted robbery that saw nothing taken but his life — not wallet, not keys, not cellphone. There had been speculation that he, not Russia, was the source of the Wikileaks information on DNC shenanigans; this has been derided as goofy, but — the FBI has not examined his laptop or phones either. Perhaps the plan is to get all these wayward devices together and have a little electronic party. Bring your own hammer.
You'll doubtless hear none of this in the usual-suspect press; they're too busy chasing the phantom of Trumpian "collusion." But it's an important story, lying in the street waiting to be picked up. Hopefully someone will before it's buried in the rising mud, and the real crimes of Democrat leaders with it.
Morgan Liddick writes a weekly column for the Summit Daily.