Ever since Donald Trump won the election, it has been an article of faith among the media and Democrats that he colluded with the Russians to rig the election.

They pointed to emails released by WikiLeaks as evidence.

But that just blew up in their faces.

WikiLeaks obtained emails from the Democrat National Committee that showed how the national party rigged the primary against Bernie Sanders.

The anti-secrecy group also dumped communications that showed how the media worked with the Clintons to defeat Republicans.

The emails fed into the voters’ perception that the establishment was maintaining a rigged game.

Democrats blamed the hacks on the Russians, and the intelligence community agreed even without any law enforcement agency examining the servers.

But a new arrest calls this all into question.

Imran Awan was former Democrat National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s former IT staffer.

He was being investigated by the FBI for a data breach of House of Representatives information systems.

Awan – who is Pakistani – was arrested at Dulles Airport by the FBI for bank fraud while trying to flee to Pakistan.

But Awan having access to sensitive information such as emails from Democrats on the foreign relations committee – and being accused of transferring data offsite and destroying the evidence – wasn’t the most sensational part of the case.

Awan had access to an Ipad which Wasserman Schultz used for email correspondence while DNC Chairwoman.

He had the password and he was on a first name basis with the DNC staff.

This gave him access to the emails that were turned over to WIkiLeaks.

The Daily Caller reports:

“Imran Awan — the lead suspect in a criminal probe into breaches of House of Representatives information security systems — possessed the password to an iPad used by then-Democratic National Committee Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz when DNC emails were given to WikiLeaks, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.

Wasserman Schultz resigned the DNC post in the wake of WikiLeaks posting damaging internal emails, blaming the scandal on hacking by Russians.

Imran and his family members, all of whom worked as IT professionals for members of Congress, were banned from the House network Feb. 2, 2017, by the House Sergeant at Arms, but Wasserman Schultz has declined to fire him and circumvented the ban by having him “advise” her office.

WikiLeaks emails show that although Imran was employed by her taxpayer-funded House office, the Florida Democrat’s world — and iPad — mixed DNC, House and campaign business, and that Imran was on call for, and on a first-name basis with, top DNC staff.”

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has always said his source was a whistleblower type and not the Russians.

Could it have been Awan?

No public proof has been offered that the Russians hacked the DNC server.

And the server was not made available to the authorities so they could corroborate the claim of Russian hacking.

Was Awan really the DNC leaker?

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