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This past week we learned that all 44 of the Democrat politicians who were working with the Awan brothers IT team, allowed them access to Congress’ server without ever subjecting them to background checks!
This is just the latest in a litany of horrendous stories tied to this scandal, and it’s the most damning in condemning the Democrat Party for their lack of care in safeguarding our national security.
The Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak recently appeared on Fox News with Maria Bartiromo to discuss what is increasingly begining to look like a cover-up in Congress.
Later, Bartiromo and Jason Chaffetz discussed the possibility of a cover-up with Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL).
Jason Chaffetz: Earlier we spoke with a “Daily Caller” reporter about the scandal on the IT side there in the house of 44 Democrats bypassing a background check, and consequently a major breach of data. Is the oversight committee, is anything happening in Congress to hold Debbie Wasserman Schultz accountable on this?
Ron DeSantis: Oh, I wish the oversight committee were looking at it. This is something that I think needs to be dealt with. I’ve requested the ability to do that.
As you know, Jason, guys like me and even you as the chairman, we don’t just investigate what we want to. I mean, this goes through the leadership. It needs to be approved. And I think the House leadership has not wanted any of us to get involved with investigating this.
But the number of issues that are outstanding from this are really, really troubling. I mean the background checks — these guys had huge red flags. You had some of the Awan family were getting paid six-figure salary and not even showing up. One of the guys was working at McDonald’s.
They had this kind of fake car rental outfit. They’re going back and forth to Pakistan. Imran Awan had associations with a Hezbollah-linked figure in Iraq. They’re sending money overseas.
And yet this is all just going on, and no one was asking questions. And so, yes, I think that you obviously need to figure out what damage was done by the Awans. We know there was a massive data breach. What extent did that happen? Was it tied in with any nefarious influences overseas?
You also have to look at the conduct of these Democratic members of the Congress. Why did they let this happen? Was there some underlying reason why the Awans were basically given free rein to run a scheme inside the Congress where they’re getting paid for no-show jobs and they have basically, unadulterated access to these members’ servers?
Maria Bartiromo: Right. One of the guys was 20 years old, and his starting salary was $165,000. Who makes that? I mean — and now it happened, the “Daily Caller” investigative reporter Luke Rosiak was just with us and he said maybe these guys have something on the congressional Democrats.
Here’s what he said about these new developments this morning. Watch this.
Luke Rosiak: Why are the members ignoring this? I mean this is the biggest story that you never hear about. It’s a hack on the Congress by foreigners, and the Democrats didn’t care about it, they didn’t stop it. These are the same people who are talking constantly about cyber breaches in Russia, and if you care about one, you’ve got to care about the other. Are members concerned are they being blackmailed? Are members concerned that if they speak out about this guy they testify against these guys and then lock them up. These guys have something on them.
Maria Bartiromo: what do you think about this — Congressman? Why? Do you have any idea why these guys are given all this leeway?
Ron DeSantis: There is no good explanation or at least no obviously innocent explanation for this. This just should not have happened, and the amount of information that was accessed is really, really troubling. Incidentally too, I mean, you know, we talk about some of the issues that Congress is dealing with about, you know, sexual harassment, treatment of women. Well, Imran Awan, he was involved with all kinds of stuff that was really, really bad in his personal life. These are things that would have been discovered had they done the proper background investigation.
And so this thing really, really stinks. There is an ongoing criminal probe, and Awan’s been indicted. We’ve gotten a couple of briefings from the Justice Department, but we haven’t gotten enough information to really know whether they’re really significantly following through on all the different angles.
I mean you could just hit Awan on some minor charge and then move on. Or you can say how does this play in to this broader issue in the Congress, which members may have been culpable, and are you really going to do a serious investigation?
I can’t tell you that that investigation is going on. I think it should, I wish it were. But I don’t know for a fact that it is.
Republished with permission Eagle Rising
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Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He’s also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.