In the wake of the arrest of the former DNC IT tech staffer, Pakistani-born Imran Awan, things are starting to get heated for Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Wasserman Schultz, who herself has fallen into disgrace after her role in rigging the Democrat primary election in 2016, and helping to steal the nomination from Bernie Sanders, has some extremely strange ties to Awan, and is now facing calls for an ethics investigation into her “apparent breach” of rules.
Even after Awan was fired by the rest of the Democrat Party and was banned from continuing to access House IT servers, and knowing that Awan was under criminal investigation for fraud and scam charges, Wasserman Schultz continued to keep him on her payroll.
In fact, she only fired Awan after he was arrested last week while attempting to flee the country for his native home of Pakistan, and apparently she had intended on continuing to keep paying him even after he was no longer in the United States; this has prompted many to believe that Awan may have been blackmailing her.
Whatever the case may be, an ethics watchdog group has now called for a Congressional probe into Wasserman Schultz, in an attempt to find out exactly what has been going on and what she may be hiding.
Since being thrown back into the spotlight for this latest scandal, Wasserman Schultz has avoided talking to media completely, and is reported to appear nervous and on edge lately.
A right-leaning ethics group is pushing for a congressional probe into Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz because she continued to employ an IT staffer for months after he became the focus of a criminal investigation.
The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), a conservative accountability group, is requesting the Office of Congressional Ethics launch an investigation into what the nonprofit says is Wasserman Schultz’s “apparent breach” of House rules for continuing to employ Imran Awan, even after he was blocked from accessing the House IT system earlier this year.
Awan was fired by Wasserman Schultz last week after being arrested on one count of bank fraud while attempting to leave the U.S. for Pakistan.
But Awan and several of his family members, also previous House staffers, have been the center of a criminal investigation for months involving an equipment and data scam on Capitol Hill.
Awan and his relatives worked as shared employees for more than two dozen House Democrats in the past several years. After the Capitol Hill investigation came to light in early February, most lawmakers fired the other staffers in question.
But Wasserman Schultz retained Awan, even though he has been barred from accessing the House IT network since February.
FACT maintains there’s no way Awan could have performed IT duties for Wasserman Schultz over the past six months, despite staying on the Florida Democrat’s payroll.
“House staff are compensated with taxpayer funds, and members are directly responsible for ensuring their staff are only paid for official public work, work that has actually [been] performed and at a rate commensurate with the work performed,” Matthew Whitaker, FACT executive director, wrote in a letter to the OCE.
“It was, therefore, contrary to the House ethics rule for Wasserman Schultz to continue to pay Awan with taxpayer funds even after he was barred from the House computer system and could not perform his duties, and was also under criminal investigation.”