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June 07, 2018

Rep. Gohmert: The FBI is Ordering Witnesses Not to Bring Documentary Evidence About the Awan Clan IT Swindle, So It Can Claim There's Nothing There to Investigate

Major allegation to make.

I'm all out of "The FBI would never do that" cards.

Gohmert makes the charge in this speech, from about 4:10 to 4:50.

The specific charge is that Imran Awan would fraudulently make purchases supposedly for Congress, claiming falsely that they cost less than $500, which is the federal breakpoint for when you have to list purchases in inventory and, importantly, therefore when you have to report purchased items as missing.

Gohmert says that in "dozens of cases" Awan would buy something, supposedly for Congress, that might cost $799, but would claim it only cost $499, so that the item would never be entered into federal records.

Gohmert isn't clear on this, but I think he's saying that Awan would break up the $799 true price into a false $499 base price and $300 for "insurance" that wasn't actually bought, so that each individual purchase (I guess the base item and the insurance are each counted as separate purchases) was under the $500 limit. So he'd invoice for $799 of government money, but then claim the item cost $499 and the insurance cost $300, neither of which had to be listed in government inventory.

I could be wrong about that -- as I said, Gohmert is unclear on that and doesn't specify clearly the game going on with the false price and insurance "cost."

He alleges further that Awan would then send these items -- iphones, Ipads, etc. -- to Pakistani intelligence agents and police, I guess as gifts or maybe bribes.

Because he had claimed they each cost less than $499, he was not required to report them as "missing" when he sent them to his overseas buddies.

As regards the FBI: He says that witnesses in this case have documentary evidence of Awan's fraud -- the false prices he'd claim to keep the stuff he was buying off the inventory lists -- but the FBI keeps telling witnesses not to bring that evidence, and that they just want to talk.

So far, Awan has only been charged with a misstatement on a loan application -- and if Gohmert's charge is accurate, the FBI is deliberately avoiding seeing any evidence that would force them to charge him with more than that, and do additional investigation.

And from Ed Driscoll at Instapundit:


That cites, of course, Luke Rosniak, one of the only reporters covering this story (as opposed to covering it with a fire-retardant blanket).

Ex-Democratic National Committee head Debbie Wasserman Schultz said she intervened in a Pakistani land deal involving her then–IT aide Imran Awan, according to two House employees. The dispute came after Awan's father was charged with fraud in relation to the deal, and the mysterious exertion of political influence resulted in Pakistani authorities instead targeting the elderly alleged victims, according to a local report.

And when a House Office of Inspector General cybersecurity investigation found that Awan made "unauthorized access" to House servers, including the House Democratic Caucus’ shortly before the election, Wasserman Schultz became "frantic, not normal," "making the rounds" to House officials in an attempt to kill the investigation, one House employee told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Awan told people Wasserman Schultz chose the name for his daughter, Leza -- a Jewish name -- and that the Florida congresswoman's daughter regularly rode a horse that Awan kept at a boarding facility, sources with knowledge of the relationship told TheDCNF.

Wasserman Schultz cornered House Chief Administrative Officer Phil Kiko and called him a "fucking Islamophobe," saying "you will not so much as take away their parking spots," the two House employees said Kiko told them.

The congresswoman also told Kiko she had invited Awan's whole family to her daughter's bat mitzvah and said she had "helped him with a land deal," the sources said. A spokesman for Kiko declined to comment on this story.

It's not the whole FBI. But Obama has made sure the top officials in the DC headquarters are almost all "friendlies" and can be trusted to "do the right thing."

"By the book," you understand.

Trump is now pushing the story too:

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