On Friday, prosecutors filed papers postponing former Democrat IT aide Imran Awan’s court case, reports Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller.
“Prosecutors filed papers today postponing the #ImranAwan court date for a fourth time, to May 4, while the parties “assess their options” about Wasserman Schultz’s laptop, which he had after being banned from the House network. The media thinks this case is about mortgage fraud,” tweeted Rosiak.
“New court date is on a Friday. As usual — that or right before a holiday. Good way to suppress media coverage,” Rosiak added.
Attorneys for both Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and former Democrat IT aide Imran Awan are fighting to keep a government laptop linked to the lawmaker from being used as evidence. The Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak believes the laptop’s mystery hard drive is set to take center stage in the Awan case.
Daily Caller reports:
“The government has been in discussions with counsel for the defendants regarding complex discovery issues and other legal issues in this case, in particular issues surrounding claims of attorney-client privilege being raised by defendant Imran Awan,” court papers filed Tuesday say. […]
Chris Gowen, Awan’s attorney, said at the last hearing: “We do expect there being an attorney-client privilege issue in this case… What occurred is a backpack from my client was found, he was trying to get a better signal, there was a note that said attorney client privilege and a hard drive. We feel very strongly about this.” […]
Wasserman Schultz fought to prevent law enforcement from looking at the laptop, threatening a police chief with “consequences” and implying it was “a member’s” laptop. She hired an outside lawyer, Bill Pittard, who specializes in the “speech and debate” clause of the Constitution that is designed to protect lawmakers from persecution for political stances, but lawmakers have used to try to stymie criminal probes in the past.
Recently, The Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak floated the idea that Imran Awan may have planted Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s laptop for Capitol Police to find.
A laptop that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has frantically fought to keep prosecutors from examining may have been planted for police to find by her since-indicted staffer, Imran Awan, along with a letter to the U.S. Attorney.
U.S. Capitol Police found the laptop after midnight April 6, 2017, in a tiny room that formerly served as a phone booth in the Rayburn House Office Building, according to a Capitol Police report reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group. […]
The laptop had the username “RepDWS,” even though the Florida Democrat and former Democratic National Committee chairman previously said it was Awan’s computer and that she had never even seen it.
Pakistani IT staffer Imran Awan is accused of stealing hardware from ranking Democrats and sending sensitive intel to foreign groups like the Muslim Brotherhood. Awan was reportedly “sending money and gifts to government officials in Pakistan and received protection from the Pakistani police, multiple relatives claim.”
Debbie Wasserman Schultz kept Imran Awan on the pay roll up to the day he got arrested for bank fraud after trying to flee the country.