Judicial Watch reports: As you may already know, a Democratic IT staffer named Imran Awan was arrested this past July on charges of bank fraud. He was employed with Debbie Wasserman Shultz and other congressional members. He is also a suspect in a cybersecurity investigation, having been banned from congressional networks in February.
In addition, his relatives, also government IT employees, are currently being investigated for alleged involvement in defrauding the federal government as well as compromising sensitive information from congressional servers.
At a hearing-type event hosted by Judicial Watch earlier this week, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and several other members of Congress were briefed on how the Awans operated. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton explained how America's privacy had been "breached" and why special counsel Robert Mueller must investigate the Awan "family crime ring."
Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Scott Perry (R-PA), and Ron DeSantis (R-FL) also participated in the discussion.
Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller revealed Imran Awan not only took frequent trips to Pakistan for months at a time but he would work remotely managing cybersecurity for the House of Representatives while in the country.
The group told Gohmert members of the Awan family also 'worked' for the Congresswoman. When the Congressional pay cap of $160,000 was reached another family member or associate would be hired. These were referred to as "ghost employees."
Gohmert was interviewed on FNC's FOX & Friends Thursday in regard to the ongoing investigation into the indicted Wasserman Schultz IT aide and said there are "hundreds of potential federal charges" here.
"Hopefully, our leadership would become more interested because this is serious stuff," Gohmert told FOX News host Brian Kilmeade.
Video of the full panel discussion below transcript.
GOHMERT: So when Imran Awan and his associates acted as 'ghost employees' ... when they achieved the maximum amount that a House employee can make then you seem to indicate that's when another family member, another associate would pop up and would find themselves on the payroll, correct?
LUKE ROSIAK, DAILY CALLER REPORTER: Correct.
GOHMERT: And do we know for sure if some of those family and associates did not ever perform IT work with these offices?
ROSIAK: There are indications. For example, the youngest brother was a full-time college student. He was only 20 years old. Imran Awan spends months out of every year in Pakistan.
GOHMERT: He spent at least one month a year in Pakistan?
ROSIAK: He spent more like -- I've seen records indicating that he spent more like 3 or even more months per year in Pakistan.
GOHMERT: Some months he would spend more than 3 months in Pakistan?
ROSIAK: I have seen e-mails where he indicated he was doing his job remotely from Pakistan.
GOHMERT: So he had access in doing the job of providing security for House members from Pakistan, seriously?
ROSIAK: That's what I said.
FULL VIDEO: Judicial Watch Presents A Discussion on the Awan Brothers IT Scandal w/ Congressional House Members: