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Democraatic National Committee Chairwoman U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., speaks at the Iowa State Fair Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

 

Yesterday, I posted on a long piece by the Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak that detailed the long-standing and seemingly personal connection between Democrat Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Imran Awan, the head of the crime syndicate that was used by Debbie Wasserman Schultz to manage the computer networks used by about a quarter of the members of the Democrat caucus. Wasserman Schultz and former representative and current California Attorney General Xavier Becerra acted as Awan’s protectors. They stymied investigators, threatened Capitol Police, and prevented access to the House Democrats’ network from being denied to Awan’s crew even after their felonious acts were known.

These are the developments. Awan and his wife are due in federal court on July 3 to enter a guilty plea.

The pair were indicted on August 17, 2017, on five felony charges. The charges, though, are all based on the Awans defrauding a lender and a credit card company. Nothing in the indictment involves their activities as contractors for the House Democrat Caucus.

What is more interesting is the attention the case has gotten recently, attention that is long overdue.

Two days ago, Texas Republican Louis Gohmert gave a rather extraordinary speech in the House. Watch it here. Here is the interesting part.

“The FBI has had opportunities to have those invoices presented to them, and each time, they have instructed, ‘Don’t bring any of those documents; we don’t want to see any of that, we just want to talk to [him],’” Gohmert said. Instead, the FBI has continued to report “no evidence of anything other than this false statement.”

“They have instructed, ‘We don’t want to see the documents that proved those cases.’ They’re readily available, for any federal officer that wants to see them, but [the FBI] don’t want to see them, so they can keep reporting to the new U.S. attorney that there’s no evidence, nothing there,” Gohmert said.

Into this swirling mass of #FAIL entered Donald Trump:

These are some things to consider.

On the negative side of the ledger, the judge is a Democrat apparatchik appointed by Barack Obama who has booted off the Fusion GPS documents case because of undisclosed (to us) conflicts of interest. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s brother is a federal prosecutor in the same office handling the Awan case.

That said, there is some real weight on the positive side, the case has high-level attention–I’ll bet Jeff Sessions never dreamed how Twitter would transform the life of an Attorney General–and anything that looks untoward will be noticed.

Two things we know that give us hope. We know the feds are not going to let the theft of computer equipment just slide, so reports at the time that the bank fraud indictment was a quick-and-easy way of charging Awan without tipping the investigative hand seem plausible. In fact, we have no way of knowing what indictments have already been filed under seal. Secondly, what you’re seeing with Awan is the stereotypical way a witness is induced to “flip” on someone else. A prosecutor doesn’t charge a cooperating witness with “lying to investigators” in order to get them cooperate because once they are a convicted liar their usefulness as a witness goes way down. Typically, they would have them plead guilty to a substantive offense, in this case, bank fraud, and hold the other stuff in abeyance until they are no longer needed as witnesses.

But, if the Democrat protection machine carries the day here and the July 3 hearing is all there is, there will be a reaction from the White House. You can bet on it.

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