This long-brewing scandal involving congressional Democrats and a group of Pakistan-born IT guys with less-than-savory backgrounds has been playing out like a really bad Hollywood script for months, but it took an almost predictable turn Tuesday.
Imran Awan, the central figure in U.S. Capitol Police's investigation into the theft of high sensitive—and potentially classified—documents from the congressional computer network, was reportedly arrested by FBI agents while trying to flee the country back to his native Pakistan. Oh, but it gets much better than that.
The Daily Caller, which has been following the story since it first broke late last year, reported Tuesday night:
Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's top information technology (IT) aide was arrested Monday attempting to board a flight to Pakistan after wiring $283,000 from the Congressional Federal Credit Union to that country.
He attempted to leave the country hours after The Daily Caller News Foundation's (DCNF's) Investigative Group revealed that he is the target of an FBI investigation, and the FBI apprehended him at the airport.
Credit union officials permitted the wire to go through, and his wife has already fled the country to Pakistan, after police confronted her at the airport and found $12,000 in cash hidden in her suitcase but did not stop her from boarding, court documents show.
"On January 18, 2017 at 12:09 pm, an international wire transfer request form was submitted [at the Congressional Federal Credit Union] at the Longworth House Office Building in the District of Columbia, in the amount of $283,000.00, to two individuals in Faisalabad, Pakistan," according to an affidavit obtained by The DCNF.
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