Imran Awan, the controversial IT for congressional Democrats, who had strong ties to Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Hillary Clinton, has just plead guilty to Bank Fraud. In addition, as part of a plea deal between the Justice Department and Awan, criminal charges against Awan’s wife will be dropped.
When Awan was arrested, he was accused of trying to defraud the Congressional Federal Credit Union by getting a $165,000 home equity loan for a rental property. The funds were then found to be wire transferred to two people in Faisalabad, Pakistan.
In response to that, President Trump had tweeted that “Our Justice Department must not let Awan & Debbie Wasserman Schultz off the hook. The Democrat I.T. scandal is a key to much of the corruption we see today. They want to make a “plea deal” to hide what is on their Server. Where is Server? Really bad!”
Well, now Awan has pleaded guilty, but his lawyer, Christopher Gowen, still maintains that this is all Republican conspiracy.
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In a statement, Gowen commented that “For the past 19 months my client, Imran Awan, has been the target of a coordinated effort by House Republicans, the President, and right-wing ‘media’ in an effort to destroy the reputation of a dedicated public servant for political purposes. Today’s plea deal resolves, in black and white, any question that any of the coordinated allegations were true.”
He also added that “My client is not a ‘spy,’ nor part of a ‘spy ring.’ There has never been any missing server, smashed hard drives, blackmailed members of Congress, or breach of classified information. This was all made up, for purposes of clickbait, Fox News stories, and political opportunism. And yes, this repugnant behavior went straight to the top. Just weeks ago, the President of the United States tweeted again alleging that Imran was responsible for a missing Democratic Party server.”
Time will tell where this guilty plea takes him, but it might spell trouble if other people also get pulled down as the investigation proceeds.