Kirsters Baish| Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving and Chief Administrative Officer Phil Kiko reportedly sent out a secret memo which was labeled as “URGENT.” You won’t believe what was inside that memo. The memo explains that following the House Democratic Caucus’s server becoming evidence in the infamous IT scandal involving the Awan family, said server “vanished.” It was then replaced by a phony server.
The server is said to have contained information from 40 or more House officials. Many of those officials spent time serving on important committees that dealt with highly sensitive intelligence. It was also reported that the server had any and all information from private email accounts.
In the memo, Congress’s top law enforcement official, Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving, along with Chief Administrative Officer Phil Kiko, wrote, “We have concluded that the employees [Democratic systems administrator Imran Awan and his family] are an ongoing and serious risk to the House of Representatives, possibly threatening the integrity of our information systems and thereby members’ capacity to serve constituents.”
The memo, addressed to the Committee on House Administration (CHA) and dated Feb. 3, 2017, was recently reviewed and transcribed by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The letter bolsters TheDCNF’s previous reporting about the missing server and evidence of fraud on Capitol Hill.
The memo goes into detail about how the caucus server was privately copied following the House Inspector General claimed that there was suspicious activity on the server. The Awan family did not have their access blocked, however.
The report explains that in the end, the server seems to have been replaced by one that looks almost exactly like the original.
The “urgent” memo insists that the Pakistani aides have their computer accounts revoked. It also states that any door they ever had access to must have the locks changed.
Texas Republican Representative Louie Gohmert has been working on oversight in this case. He explained that the server, which “disappeared,” had Congress members’ emails on it.
“They put 40 members of Congress’s data on one server … That server, with that serial number, has disappeared,” he stated.
The server only went missing after the Inspector General’s report saying that it was key evidence came out.
As reported by Diamond and Silk:
The six-page letter says:
• In September of 2016 … the CHA and [IG] briefed the former Chairman of the Democratic Caucus about suspicious activity related to their server that the [IG] identified. As a result, the former Chairman of the Democratic Caucus directed the CAO to copy the data from their server and two computers.
• The CHA directed the IG to refer the matter to the US Capitol Police. The USCP initiated an investigation that continues to this day.
• In late 2016, the former Chairman of the Democratic Caucus announced his intention to resign from Congress to assume a new position. The CAO and [sergeant-at-arms] worked with the Chairman to account for his inventory, including the one server.
• While reviewing the inventory, the CAO discovered that the serial number of the server did not match that of the one imaged in September. [Investigators] also discovered that the server in question [the replacement server] was still operating under the employee’s control, contrary to the explicit instructions of the former chairman to turn over all equipment and fully cooperate with the inquiry and investigation. [A House source said the “employee” was Abid Awan.]
• The USCP interviewed relevant staff regarding the missing server.
• On January 24, 2017, the CAO acquired the [replacement] server from the control of the employees and transferred that server to the USCP.
The letter proves that Becerra did not keep House computer systems safe from the Awans, even after finding out about the issue. It was reported that Becerra knew about the problem for months prior to the server vanishing.
The letter explains, “The Caucus Chief of Staff requested one of the shared employees to not provide IT services or access their computers. This shared employee continued.”
It is still unclear as to why the request was never followed through on.
A House official familiar with the investigation explained that Abid was the employee, and Abid was not being paid by either Becerra or the Caucus. The official also explained that Sean McCluskie (Becerra’s Chief of Staff) was aware that Abid was accessing those Causes servers.
The Awans’ continued physical access to Becerra’s equipment after red flags emerged enabled the server to disappear after it became evidence, House officials close to the investigation told TheDCNF.
The memo also noted that the Awans used Congress members usernames and stored information outside of House control. They also accessed accounts and computers for offices that did not employ them with the knowledge of the members involved. They accessed the Democratic Caucus computes 5,735 times.” More than 100 office computers were open to access from people not on the office’s staff,