Jul 3, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Former House IT staffer pleads guilty to bank fraud

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Imran Awan, a former House IT staffer at the center of right-wing conspiracies, pleaded guilty to bank fraud after reaching a plea deal on Tuesday morning, CNN reports. The government acknowledged that there was no evidence to support claims that Awan had stolen confidential information from Congressional servers.

Why it matters: President Trump has tweeted about Awan and his connections with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz — the former DNC chairwoman — alluding to conspiracy theories about Awan's involvment in the DNC email hacks.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's spokesperson David Damron told Axios in a statement: “We rely on our justice system to produce a fair result, after a considered, objective review. That role is even more important at a time when Donald Trump and his allies spread dangerous distortions with the intent of falsely smearing his political opponents.”

Go deeper: Why Trump is tweeting about "Awan & Debbie."

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