In the probe of House IT contractors, it seems the plot is only thickening as from now.
The FBI declared yesterday that the investigation into the several Pakistani IT-staffers that were employed by Congressional Democrats, amongst whom Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz is the most notable, is just widening further.
Just last week, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against a Pakistani couple from Virginia in a fraud case which has already captured the national media spotlight. Imran Awan and Hina Alvi, a Pakistani born couple Muslim couple, conspired to fraudulently obtain $285,000 in home equity lines of credit from the $913 million Wright Patman Congressional Federal Credit Union and Oakton, Va., and wire transferred the HELOC funds to Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Democrats are finally distancing themselves from the couple. Representative Wasserman Schultz said she kept Mr. Awan on as a staffer as long as he was not arrested, but clearly is now coming to regret that decision.
In an interview with the Sun Sentinel, she was quoted yesterday: "He's not my staffer. He no longer works for me. And when he was arrested, I terminated him. I kept him on the payroll during the time that he was not arrested and not charged with anything. And that was because, as I said, that I was concerned about the violation of his due process rights and also that there were racial and ethnic profiling concerns as well."
Given that Awan is a Pakistani-born Muslim who is now a U.S. citizen, Mrs. Wasserman Schultz, felt it necessary to stress that his religious faith may have been a factor in the decision to investigate.
This, of course, is all the more curious given that the man was arrested last month whilst trying to board a plane to Dulles International Airport, in a desperate attempt to flee the US and meet up with his wife who was, of all places you could be to try and look innocent, hiding in Qatar.
Qatar, IT, transfer of funds and Pakistan. This is starting to seriously smell for the Democratic representative. We’ll keep you updated.