Officials: Democratic caucus’s server vanished, was swapped-out with replica, after it was included in criminal probe


by Shepard Ambellas, Intellihub:

It appears a Democratic IT operative switched-out the caucus’s server and replaced it with a phony mock up in order to avoid incrimination

WASHINGTON, D.C. (INTELLIHUB) — Congress’s Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving and Chief Administrative Officer Phil Kiko wrote a secret memo marked “URGENT” which said that the Democratic caucus’s sever had vanished altogether after it became part of a cybersecurity investigation and that more than “40 House offices may have been victims of IT security violations.”

The Daily Caller was first to obtain the hard-hitting information in which two high-ranking officials maintain that Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s IT staffer Imran Awan is an “ongoing risk” to the House and national security as a whole.

“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 Feb. 3 memo addressed to the Committee on House Administration read.

According to the Daily Caller, the memo “details how the caucus server, run by then-caucus Chairman Rep. Xavier Becerra, was secretly copied by authorities after the House Inspector General (IG) identified suspicious activity on it, but the Awans’ physical access was not blocked.”

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And that’s not all, according to the letter, the server was replaced with a replica in what can only be considered to be an elaborate effort to trick investigators

From the Daily Caller:

“They [the Awans] deliberately turned over a fake server” to falsify evidence, one official close to the CHA alleged. “It was a breach. The data was completely out of [members’] possession.”

An excerpt of the six-page memo reads:

  • 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.

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