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TAC Bookshelf: The Worst Political Coverup You’ve Never Heard Of

Barbara Boland, TAC national security reporter: Obstruction of Justice: How the Deep State Risked National Security to Protect the Democrats, by Luke Rosiak, is for anyone who enjoys political thrillers and whodunit fiction. The story itself has been described as  “reminiscent of a spy novel” and “crazy as fiction”—except that it is the true tale of what happened during the 2016 election, when a Pakistani national with access to several House Democrats’ computers was arrested by the FBI.

Imran Awan had just wired $283,000 to Pakistan, where he planned to join his wife, who had also just fled the country with $12,000 cash in a suitcase. Awan had access to all emails and files of dozens of members of Congress, as well as the password to the iPad that DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz used for Democratic National Committee business before she resigned. He and his family lifted data off the House network, stole the identity of an intelligence specialist, destroyed federal hard drives, sent congressional electronic equipment to foreign officials, and engaged in several financial schemes including mortgage fraud.

Obstruction of Justice exposes how congressional Democrats, with the help of Republicans in leadership, manipulated the media and engaged in a massive cover-up to protect the Awans and preserve their power and the status quo. Even if you remember glimpses of this story from the scant reporting that occurred at the time, you’ve only just skimmed the surface of the corruption at the highest levels of government that the book details. This true story is so riveting, with so many unbelievable twists and turns, that I finished it over a weekend, unable to put it down.

The author, Luke Rosiak, was an investigative journalist with the Daily Caller News Foundation, and every detail is meticulously documented and well-researched. It’s easy to see why Tucker Carlson called him “one of the smartest, most diligent reporters in Washington” and Peter Schweizer said he’s a “dedicated, truth-seeking investigator who won’t let bureaucrats stonewall him.”

While the book reads like a spy novel, the conclusion is nowhere near as satisfying as a Tom Clancy thriller. Like many true stories, this one doesn’t have a happy ending, and the breathtaking subversion of justice that occurs in the final chapters, long after the media and the public had moved on, will leave the reader deeply frustrated.

That’s exactly why it should be read: it should deeply concern us all that these egregious malefactors escaped justice. The book lays bare exactly how swamp insiders protect their own, shielded from the rule of law, in what Newt Gingrich called “possibly the largest scandal and coverup in the history of the United States House of Representatives.”

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