As Democrats Subpoena White House Over "Security Issues," Just Remember 44 House Democrats Exempted Muslim IT Spies From Background Checks


On Tuesday, The House Oversight Committee voted to authorize a subpoena for a former adjudications manager in the White House Personnel Security Office to testify behind closed doors as part of an investigation into the security clearance process of the Trump administration.  The whistleblower said the White House overturned 25 denials of security clearances.  However, not one of these Democrats raised even a peep when 44 House Democrats hired Muslim brothers as IT professionals, who turned out to be spies, and exempted them from background checks posing a serious national security issue.

As was reported on Tuesday, "Tricia Newbold, who was the adjudications manager in the White House Personnel Security Office told Cummings and a bipartisan staff that her office had issued 25 denials of security clearances that have been overturned by the White House."

"However, the Republican staff on the committee responded to both Cummings and Newbold. The members complained that Cummings “cherrypicked” partisan information and didn’t not give ample opportunity for Republican members to respond to Newbold."

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Of course, I don't want to belittle the allegations if there truly is a security issue here.  I should be looked at.  However, given the past two years and millions of dollars spent on a nothing burger of an investigation, one has to wonder if this isn't the next distraction coming from House Democrats against the Trump administration.  I think it is.

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Yet, not one of these Democrats on the committee voiced so much as a peep when 44 of their colleagues exempted Muslim IT spies from background checks.

Luke Rosiak reported in April 2018:

Every one of the 44 House Democrats who hired Pakistan-born IT aides who later allegedly made “unauthorized access” to congressional data appears to have chosen to exempt them from background checks, according to congressional documents.

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All of them appear to have waived background checks on Imran Awan and his family members, even though the family of server administrators could collectively read all the emails and files of 1 in 5 House Democrats, and despite background checks being recommended for such positions, according to an inspector general’s report. The House security policy requires offices to fill out a form attesting that they’ve initiated background checks, but it also includes a loophole allowing them to simply say that another member vouched for them.

Among the red flags in Abid’s background were a $1.1 million bankruptcy; six lawsuits against him or a company he owned; and at least three misdemeanor convictions including for DUI and driving on a suspended license, according to Virginia court records. Public court records show that Imran and Abid operated a car dealership referred to as CIA that took $100,000 from an Iraqi government official who is a fugitive from U.S. authorities. Numerous members of the family were tied to cryptic LLCs such as New Dawn 2001, operated out of Imran’s residence, Virginia corporation records show. Imran was the subject of repeated calls to police by multiple women and had multiple misdemeanor convictions for driving offenses, according to court records.

If a screening had caught those, what officials say happened next might have been averted. The House inspector general reported on Sept. 20, 2016, that shortly before the election members of the group were logging into servers of members they didn’t work for, logging in using congressmen’s personal usernames, uploading data off the House network, and behaving in ways that suggested “nefarious purposes” and that “steps are being taken to conceal their activity.”

A pair of closely-held reports on Imran Awan, his brothers Abid and Jamal, his wife Hina Alvi, and his friend Rao Abbas, said, “the shared employees have not been vetted (e.g. background check).”

“Shared employees” means they were all hired as part-time, individual employees by individual members, cobbling together $165,000 salaries. Jamal began making that salary at only 20 years old, according to House payroll records; Abid never went to college, his stepmother said; and Rao Abbas’ most recent job experience was being fired from McDonald’s, according to his roommate. (“Whether they had formal training or not, they were trained on the job by Imran,” one of Imran’s lawyers said.)

Among the 44 employers, the primary advocate for the suspects has been Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, who introduced a bill Monday that would require background checks on Americans purchasing ammunition. “Without bullets, a gun is just a hunk of useless metal,” she said, calling ammunition the “loophole” in gun control policy.

So, who were these Democrats?  Glad you asked.   Here's the list.

Gregory Meeks (NY)

Robert Wexler (FL)

Xavier Becerra (CA)

Chris Bell (TX)

Stephanie Tubbs Jones (OH)

Jim Costa (CA)

Hilda Solis (CA)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL)

Kendrick Meek (FL)

Melissa Bean (IL)

Sandy Levin (MI)

Tim Ryan (OH)

Baron Hill (IN)

John Sarbanes (MD)

Yvette Clarke (NY)

Dave Loebsack (IA)

Ron Klein (FL)

Joe Donnelly (IN)

Ben Chandler (KY)

Diana DeGette (CO)

Jackie Speier (CA)

Rahm Emanuel (IL)

Marcia Fudge (OH)

Martin Heinrich (NM)

Gabrielle Giffords (AZ)

Debbie Halvorson (IL)

Frederica Wilson (FL)

John Carney (DE)

Cedric Richmond (LA)

Karen Bass (CA)

Emanuel Cleaver (MO)

Ted Deutch (FL)

Henry Waxman (CA)

Ron Barber (AZ)

Patrick Murphy (FL)

Joe Garcia (FL)

Joyce Birdson Beatty (OH)

Lois Frankel (FL)

Mark Takano (CA)

Dan Kildee (MI)

Julia Brownley (CA)

Tammy Duckworth (IL)

Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM)

Kyrsten Sinema (AZ)

Tony Cardenas (CA)

Robin Kelly (IL)

Joaquin Castro (TX)

Katherine Clark (MA)

Hakeem Jeffries (NY)

Joe Crowley (NY)

Brad Ashford (NE)

Andre Carson (IN)

Gwen Graham (FL)

Pete Aguilar (CA)

Ted Lieu (CA)

Seth Mouton (MA)

Jacky Rosen (NV)

Donald McEachin (VA)

Stephanie Murphy (FL)

Charlie Crist (FL)

Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE)

Darren Michael Soto (FL)

Why were none of these people impeached due to their negligence, which may have compromised national security?  Why do several of these people continue to serve in both the House and Senate today?

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