According to a recent report by the Daily Caller, Imran Awan, the embattled Democratic House IT aide, still has an active email account on the House computer system. Awan’s email address, email@example.com, is linked to Nathan Bennett, who works for Representative André Carson (D-IN).
Bennett currently works as Rep. Carson’s Deputy Chief of Staff. Currently, Carson is a member of the House Intelligence Committee, the House Homeland Security Committees, and is a ranking member of the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Emerging Threats.
When questioned about the email address, Bennett stated that he has no control over that account. Bennett went on to add that: “However this happened, it was not with my consent or control…For the record, I do not, nor have I ever, had control of the firstname.lastname@example.org email account or any other account connected with Imran Awan or his family.”
According to one Democratic IT aide, Awan and Carson were very close, and used to play video games together in Carson’s office. The aide added that Awan had been teaching Carson a foreign language.
This comes just weeks after reports emerged indicating that federal authorities had opened an investigation as to whether the Awans stolen sensitive data, which they may have then sold to Russian or Pakistani intelligence. Disobedient Media previously reported that the scope of the scandal may be much wider than has been covered thus far by establishment press, with intelligence potentially having being passed to countries including Israel, Saudi Arabia and China via Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI.
Since this news broke, Imran Awan has hired Christopher Gowen as his attorney. Gowen had previously worked for the Clinton campaign and the Clinton Foundation. The case against the Awan family was brought by the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia, run by Obama appointee, Channing D. Phillips. Phillips had previously served for one year as the Deputy Associate Attorney General under Eric Holder, before serving as Holder’s Chief Counselor for the next four years. This has raised concerns of bias surrounding the investigation of such politically well connected individuals.
Phillips’ ties to the Democratic Party run very deep. In 1968, Phillips father, Channing E. Phillips, headed the presidential campaign of Robert F. Kennedy. That same year, Phillips led the delegation from the District of Columbia to the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
Phillips, who was appointed in October of 2015, has yet to be approved by the Senate. President Trumps’ appointee to replace Phillips is Jessie K. Liu. However, the confirmation process has been slowed, as the Senate received notification of Liu’s appointment on June 15, but did not add it to their calendar until August 3.
Further complicating the case is the role of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s brother, Steven Wasserman. Steve Wasserman has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia for the past 14 years. His involvement in this case in light of the relationship between Imran Awan and Debbie Wasserman Schultz has become the subject of much debate over the past few months as investigators attempt to determine the scope of the data breach.
Despite these and many other issues surrounding the Awan scandal, legacy media has remained virtually silent on the proceedings. This is an important ongoing story and Disobedient Media will continue to provide coverage as it unfolds.