- A lawyer for former Democratic IT aide Abid Awan grilled a witness to find out what she told federal investigators
- He wanted to know if FBI agents asked her whether his client’s brother was involved in “radical Islamic activities”
- An investigation found Awan and his brothers made “unauthorized access” to congressional servers
DC: A lawyer for Abid Awan — one of the three brothers who the House Inspector General found made “unauthorized access” to congressional servers before the election — used a deposition in an unrelated civil case to ask a witness to reveal what she told FBI agents, to ascertain if they asked about “radical Islamic activities,” and inquire about a grand jury.
Attorney Jim Bacon also asked the witness to try to find out details of the investigation from officials and asked whether they had offered to put her into a witness protection program. The deposition was given as part of a lawsuit regarding the Awans’ deceased father’s $50,000 life insurance policy.
Bacon asked the witness — the Awans’ stepmother, Samina Gilani — who from Capitol Hill was gathering information about the alleged hack on Congress, according to a transcript of the deposition, which was conducted in Bacon’s office.
“Come clean. That’s the best,” Bacon told her, calling it “important.”
Gilani testified that the oldest Awan brother, Imran, was wiretapping her.
“He has connected my phone, my house phone, with his own phone,” she said. “Whenever I talked to someone in Pakistan, he told me later on that you told this, you said this.”
The FBI has been investigating Imran Awan, his wife, Hina Alvi, and his two brothers, Abid and Jamal — all of whom were employed as server administrators for Democrats — since the inspector general briefed congressional officials in 2016 that the brothers were suspected of theft of House equipment and wrongfully accessing congressional servers, The Daily Caller News Foundation previously reported. The Awans could read all the emails and files of 1 in 5 House Democrats. more here