Rep. Ron De Santis told Judge Jeanine Pirro that Debbie Wassermann-Schultz’s IT tech, currently under indictment, and his family, are tied to an Iraqi politician with Hezbollah connections.
The judge asked DeSantis to provide the background of the case Saturday evening on her Fox News show, which he did from describing the exorbitant salaries they were paid, to the no-show jobs, the money sent to Pakistan, and the questionable reactions of the tech’s boss, Debbie Wassermann-Schultz.
Then he said:
“As of the time of the arrest Awan and his family members had $1 million in pending real estate transactions and it’s easier to wire money to Pakistan if it’s the proceeds of a real estate transaction.
I think given the facts of the case they can do that it’s important because we don’t know where this money is going.
He and his family members have been linked to an Iraqi politician who has Hezbollah ties. It’s not clear to me whether this implicates our national security.”
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz had to have known by February that Imran Awan was tied to this fugitive Iraqi. The Daily Caller had published the information in February. Yet she said she needed evidence before she’d fire him.
DeSantis wondered why Debbie thought she was entitled to evidence.
The article in February by Luke Rosiak who uncovered the story included this section:
The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has reported that while working for Congress, the Pakistani brothers controlled a limited liability corporation called Cars International A (CIA), a car dealership with odd finances, which took–and was unable to repay–a $100,000 loan from Dr. Ali Al-Attar.
Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, wrote that Attar “was observed in Beirut, Lebanon conversing with a Hezbollah official” in 2012–shortly after the loan was made. Attar has also been accused of helping provoke the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq as a leader of Iraqi dissidents opposed to Saddam Hussein.
After moving to the U.S., Attar made his money practicing medicine in Maryland and Virginia and defrauding Medicare, Medicaid and insurance companies by billing for non-existent medical procedures. The FBI raided his offices in 2009 and the Department of Health and Human Services sued his business partner in 2011.
Attar was indicted in March 2012 on separate tax fraud charges after the IRS and FBI found he used multiple bank accounts to hide income. He fled back to Iraq to avoid prison.
“He’s a fugitive. I am not aware of any extradition treaty with Iraq,” Marcia Murphy, spokesman for federal prosecutors in Maryland, told TheDCNF Tuesday. “If or when he returns to the U.S., the prosecution will continue.”
This needs to be investigated along with Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s role in this case.