Awan’s case had caused great interest from conservatives, who claimed Awan could have been involved in a cyber breach operation with classified U.S. intelligence. Awan worked as a technology employee to top Democrats, including Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Prosecutors, however, said that although they investigated allegations of misconduct by Awan on the job in Congress, said they “uncovered no evidence” that Awan “violated federal law with respect to the House computer systems”.
Awan’s attorney, Christopher J. Gowen, requested a sentence of time served plus a fine, saying:
The costs incurred by Imran throughout this case, the nature of the offense, his substantial cooperation, the positions taken by the United States and the pre-sentence investigator, and the conduct of several government officials, including the President of the United States.
Notably, Awan and his team were paid over $4 million by Democratic House members and now, with this lenient sentence – no one will have to explain why they were paid so heftily.
As Frank Miniter of Fox News so pointedly observes:
There is a lot of evidence indicating that the Awan and his team members were copying data from the computers of House members to the House Democratic Caucus server and even to a private Dropbox account.
Awan and his associates were even tossed off the House system because they provided false information (a fake copy of the Democratic Caucus’ server) to Capitol Police. But incredibly, none of that was used against him in court.
This is clearly a political deal arranged to protect the establishment from further embarrassment and reform.
President Trump’s tweets related to Awan were used as justification to let him walk with only three months supervised release.
All of the evidence of actual wrong-doing on Awan’s part falls by the wayside and a potentially huge embarrassment to Democratic Congress members fades away.