Just one week ago, The Washington Examiner reported that the former Democrat staffer who fled to Pakistan after being accused of fraud has struck a deal with authorities to return to the United States. Shortly after the reports came in, Rep. Trent Franks claimed that her decision to return to the country could spell certain doom for Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Former IT aide Hina Alvi’s connection to Wasserman Schultz goes way back. When you know the whole story, it is clear why Schultz will be in serious trouble thanks to Alvi’s return to the country. Back in 2004, Wasserman hired Alvi’s husband, Imran Awan, to work for her. Throughout the years following Awan’s employment, a number of his relatives were also given positions as aides and staffers for other Capitol Hill Democrats.
In February of 2017, reports came forward that Imran Awan and Alvi were under investigation for “stealing equipment from members’ offices without their knowledge and committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network, according to multiple sources briefed on the investigation,” according to Politico.
Shortly after the investigation began, Alvi fled the country and headed for her home country of Pakistan. Two months later, authorities arrested Imran Awan as he attempted to flee the country for separate crimes. Information eventually came in that both Alvi and Awan were also suspected of bank fraud.
This brings us to Texas Republican Franks…
According to Conservative Tribune:
Franks, the Texas Republican, who predicted during a discussion with Fox Business host Lou Dobbs last week that the only reason Alvi would have agreed to return is because she’s working on a broader immunity deal in return for damaging information on Wasserman Schultz.
That would mean major problems for the Democrat Party, considering Wasserman Schultz was the party’s chairwoman until being forced out last summer in the scandal over rigging the primary contest for Hillary Clinton.
“I don’t want to talk out of school here, but I think you’re going to see some revelations that are going to be pretty profound,” Franks said. “The fact that this wife is coming back from Pakistan and is willing to face charges, as it were, I think there is a good chance she is going to reach some type of immunity to tell a larger story here that is going to be pretty disturbing to the American people.”
“I would just predict that this is going to be a very significant story and people should fasten their seatbelts on this one,” he added.
Wasserman Schultz’s odd behavior over the past couple of months certainly suggests she’s been desperate to keep Alvi and Awan loyal to her to keep them from revealing something to the authorities that could incriminate her.
But there have been indications that Awan is ready to cooperate with authorities if he’s not already cooperating. The Daily Caller reported last week that a laptop computer found in a former phone booth in the House Rayburn Building in April may have been planted for police to find by Awan himself.
Along with the computer, according to The Daily Caller, were “a Pakistani ID card, copies of Awan’s driver’s license and congressional ID badge, and letters to the U.S. attorney. Police also found notes in a composition notebook marked ‘attorney-client privilege.’”
The laptop also had the username “RepDWS,” according to The Daily Caller.
Wasserman Schultz tried to get the laptop back from the Capitol Police, even warning during a televised hearing in May that there would be “consequences” for the police for continuing to hold onto equipment that belonged to the office of a House member who was not under any investigation. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa refused, however, noting that the laptop was linked to a criminal suspect — Awan.
As The Daily Caller pointed out, Awan might have wanted the laptop in police hands the whole time:
“The circumstances of the laptop’s appearance described in the police report suggest Wasserman Schultz was trying to keep the police from reviewing a laptop that Awan himself may have wanted them to find,” The Daily Caller reported. “The former phone booth room where police found the items is small, and there was no obvious reason to enter it.”
If the laptop were indeed deliberately planted by Awan so authorities would find it, it could well mean he intends to cooperate in an investigation that could implicate Wasserman Schultz. And the fact that his wife, Alvi, has chosen to return to the United States despite legal danger suggests she may be on the verge of exposing Wasserman Schultz’ secrets in exchange for an immunity deal.
If they chose to do so, the Trump administration could have very well extradited her. Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf wrote in his book “In the Line of Fire” that the country extradited 369 terror suspects to the United States after 9/11, although human rights activists claimed that a good number of those people were innocent and essentially sold to the U.S. by a cynical Pakistani government, according to CBS.
Even though that may be the case, Pakistan can make it very difficult to extradite. For example, the Islamabad High Court recently barred the extradition of a suspected bomber to the U.S. The man’s father claimed that his son would be subject to the Trump Administration’s “biased and prejudiced policy toward Muslims.”
Alvi returning spells doom for Schultz, and most likely Alvi got a good deal to come back to the country. There is a huge crisis heading Democrats’ way thanks to this recent revelation, and undoubtedly, they are in serious damage-control mode trying to figure out how to get out of this mess. There is no other reason why Alvi would return to a country that could very well throw her in jail. She has to have been offered a deal. Only time will tell.