The File on X

Biden’s HHS boss Xavier Becerra misses California and might want to run for governor, Katy Grimes of the California Globe reports. In his current post, Becerra “doubled down on tyrannical COVID policies, including mandatory masking and vaccines for everyone including pregnant women and infants, as well as business and school lockdowns.” Before that, Becerra, was “up to his eyeballs” in a scandal that started when the DNC’s Debbie Wasserman Schultz hired Pakistani IT man Imran Awan and members of his family.

Imran Awan did not qualify for a security clearance but enjoyed access to the computers of 45 members of Congress, including members the House Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees. Awan accessed the computers thousands of times and stashed information on the server of the House Democratic Caucus, headed by Rep. Becerra. When investigators from the Capitol Police requested the server they got false information. Becerra decamped for California where recurring Gov. Jerry Brown tapped him for attorney general.

In that post, Becerra looked the other way at violent criminal illegals. The Salvadoran MS-13 gang had imposed a “reign of terror” with at least 14 murders in Mendota, near Fresno, and federal officials spearheaded the action against them. Becerra made it clear he was not concerned with the gang’s “status.”

Becerra filed a lawsuit against Little Sisters of the Poor because their Catholic faith compelled them not to be complicit in the sale of contraceptives under Obamacare. After pro-life activist David Daleiden exposed Planned Parenthood’s sale of body parts from aborted babies, Becerra charged Daleiden with 15 felonies. With that record, Becerra was a strange pick to head HHS, but there was more to him.

In 2016, Becerra made Hillary Clinton’s short list as a running mate, but as Dylan Matthews of Vox noted, the longtime California congressman had “a couple of skeletons in his closet.”

He successfully lobbied President Bill Clinton “to commute the sentence of Carlos Vignali, a cocaine trafficker serving a 15-year federal sentence, at the behest of Vignali’s father, who donated nearly $14,000 to Becerra.” In his 2001 campaign for mayor of Los Angeles, Becerra had a woman pose as LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina, making robocalls attacking rival Antonio Villaraigosa. “Molina was furious” and Becerra got only six percent of the vote. If he  runs for governor of California, Imran Awan may become an issue.

In 2017, the IT man was arrested at Dulles airport and charged with fraud. His attorney Chris Gowen, a former campaign aide to the Clintons, told reporters the arrest was “clearly a right-wing media-driven prosecution by a United States Attorney’s Office that wants to prosecute people for working while Muslim.” Awan pleaded guilty but Obama judge Tanya Chutkan let him off with three months supervised release and denounced, the “unbelievable onslaught of scurrilous media attacks” and “baseless accusations” against Awan from highest branches of government.” Democrats had his back.

“Congress Pays $850,000 to Muslim Aides Targeted in Inquiry Stoked by Trump,” read the November 25, 2020 New York Times headline. According to the story, the previously unreported settlement is one of the largest to resolve discrimination or harassment claims, in this case by people who “lost their jobs and endured harassment in part because of their Muslim faith and South Asian origins,” and so on.  “If I was a white guy, with all due respect, nothing would have happened,” said Awan, now back in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Tanya Chutkan is now in charge of the show-trial against former President Trump. Last week, the judge said the January 6 defendants are not hostages and are being kept in jail “because they are dangerous people.” As Trump says, we’ll have to see what happens.

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