Imran Awan gets immunity for allegedly operating a spy ring in Congress for 14 years, selling state secrets to Pakistan, and stealing $2 million of equipment from Congress
Imran Awan (pictured above, left) received immunity today for allegedly operating a Congressional spy ring for 14 years, selling state secrets, and stealing over $2 million of computer equipment from Congress.
Awan never agreed to be a cooperating witness for the prosecution in other cases.
A copy of the 11-page plea is attached here:
In exchange for immunity, Awan plead guilty today to one count of bank fraud. He will be sentenced Aug. 21st.
Awan anticipates being sentenced to six months "on a military base", according to his attorney, Christopher Gowen (pictured above to Awan's right).
The theft of Congressional computer equipment was acknowledged in the plea deal. "It was no big deal", according to the government.
Gowan has also represented President Bill and Hillary Clinton. Gowan was also in charge of the publicity for the Hillary Clinton Campaign for President.
J.P. Cooney, who unsuccessfully prosecuted Sen. Bob Menendez, replaced the original prosecutor, Michael Marando, at today's hearing.
Cooney is the Criminal Fraud and Public Corruption Section Chief, of the Federal District of Columbia.
Awan is cleared of any and all criminal acts relating to operating a Congressional spy ring according to today's 11-page plea agreement.
The plea deal says: "The Government has uncovered no evidence that your client (Awan) violated federal law with respect to the House computer system."
Prosecutors revealed that government investigators had interviewed 40 witnesses in connection with those allegations, had taken custody of the House Democratic caucus server and subsequently "found no evidence (Awan) illegally removed House data from the House network or from House Members' offices ... or improperly accessed or transferred government information, including classified or sensitive information."
No charges will be filed against Awan's wife, Hina Alvi. either.
It is alleged that both husband and wife had access codes with passwords to computer systems in Congress and to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
The House Inspector General said that the Awan team hacked into these systems 5735 times. The report is dated Sept. 20th, 2016.
It is alleged that the Awans never had proper clearances to access any of it.
President Donald J. Trump said, "Our Justice Department must not let Awan and Debbie Wasserman Schultz off the hook".
Mike Ptasienski was appointed House Inspector General on Feb. 15th.
The Defense Intelligence Agency ( DIA) manages intelligence operations for the Pentagon, and the Intelligence Community which includes the CIA, NSA, and FBI.
“There are few crimes in this country more serious than espionage,” said U.S. Attorney Zachary Terwilliger.
Maximum penalty for espionage is life in jail.
On Friday, Kevin Patrick Mallory, a former Central Intelligence Agency case officer, was convicted on espionage charges. He transmitted eight classified documents to a Chinese spy. Mallory will be sentenced at a later date.
A report dated April 2016 from the Committee of House (of Representatives) Administration was sent to its office of Internal Affairs. It detailed theft of computer equipment.
A total of 24 items worth $2,058,504 "were not located in the inventory", according to an 80-page independent audit dated April 7th, 2017, by Catherine Nocera, CPA. The theft is reported on page 24 of this link:
A police report of the theft was made to the District of Columbia Police Department. it was never followed up by the police of Internal Affairs (Office of Inspector General).
Instead, a press release was made on Feb. 3rd, 2017. It is void of details and is linked here:
From 2004 through July 2017, the Awans worked for several Congressman including Debbie Wasserman Schultz, (D-FL).
Before working for the Clintons, Chris Gowan worked as a Public Defender in Wasserman's district.
Steven Wasserman is a federal prosecutor in the District of Columbia where the Awan case is being tried. Steven's sister is Debbie Wasserman Schultz. There are over 300 attorneys who work in Steven's unit.
Jessie Liu runs the Prosecutor's Office of the Federal Court in the District of Columbia.
She has to sign off on any and all prosecutions in her jurisdiction. This includes documents she has already signed relating to the Awan criminal case.
She worked in the same department as John Carlin at Morrison & Foerster LLP, a law firm.
Carlin worked side-by-side with Andrew McCabe. Carlin wrote the FISA warrants being requested by McCabe at the FBI. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is FISA.
When Carlin was in charge of the National Security Division, he said he would "hold accountable those who illegally operate as covert agents within the United States.”
Carlin had a cabinet position with the Obama Administration.
For more on Carlin, link here:
The fiasco involving Andrew McCabe is within Liu's jurisdiction. She will decide whether or not McCabe should be prosecuted.
According to McCabe's attorney, Michael Bromwich, his client's "prosecution is going nowhere."
The criminal matter of Awan is in Federal District Court of the District of Columbia. The Judge is Tanya Chutkan.
Judge Tanya Chutkan
Here is a list of seven donations Judge Chutkan made to the Obama Campaign for President. Her husband was also appointed a federal judge by President Obama.