Pakistan's largest newspaper has reported that former House Democratic IT tech Imran Awan was able to use his connections to get charges against his father dropped.
According to The Daily Caller, the report was published in 2009 and is titled “Influential expat shields father from long arm of law.” That report states Awan’s father had been charged with fraud in the sale of “huge chunks” of land, ripping off elderly farmers.
The newspaper states Awan had “easy access to the corridors of power,” and was able to get those charges dropped after pressure from national-level Pakistani politicians. As a result, police then targeted the accusers for prosecution.
Rosiak reports a separate House IT staffer recounted Awan telling him a similar story. According to that version, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, formerly a congressman who used Awan’s services who was White House Chief of Staff at the time, intervened on the tech’s behalf.
Awan reportedly had access to email accounts of at least 45 members of Congress. There are concerns that access granted him and his family members—who were also on the House Democratic Caucus payroll—gave them potential access to information that could be used to blackmail those legislators.
If the reports are true, Emanuel’s work to apply pressure to Pakistani officials would demonstrate a disproportionate level of effort on behalf of a typically low-level staffer. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ actions in the matter have also appeared strange given Awan’s role in government.