Democrat Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz seems intent on proving once and for all that she can’t be trusted.
The disgraced former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee is embroiled in yet another scandal, this time involving a foreign national and investigations from multiple federal agencies.
Conservative Tribune has already reported that Wasserman Schultz refused to fire an IT consultant from her staff, even after that man came under suspicion from the U.S. Capitol Police and NCIS.
Now, it looks like Wasserman Schultz intended to keep that consultant — Pakistan-born Imran Awan — as a paid staff member even after he fled to his home country.
According to The Daily Caller, evidence suggests that the liberal lawmaker would have continued funneling money to Awan after he left the country, had he not been stopped and arrested by the FBI at an airport Monday.
“In all, six months of actions reveal a decision to continue paying a man who seemingly could not have been providing services to her, and who a mountain of evidence suggests was a liability,” reported The Caller.
“The man long had access to all of Wasserman Schultz’s computer files, work emails and personal emails, and he was recently accused by a relative in court documents of wiretapping and extortion,” continued the report.
Authorities at the U.S. House of Representatives banned Awan from the government computer network as far back as February, based on concerns that the consultant was involved in illegal activity, including bank fraud.
“Wasserman Schultz employed Pakistani-born Awan and his wife Hina Alvi, and refused to fire either of them even after U.S. Capitol Police said in February 2017 that they were targets of the criminal investigation,” explained The Caller.
Nearly half a year later, the Democrat finally dropped Awan from her payroll, but only after he was placed in handcuffs.
“The office’s insistence that his termination was prompted by the Monday arrest — and not the House Sergeant at Arms banning him and his wife from touching congressional computers or his six months [planned trip] in Pakistan — suggests that had he boarded the flight without incident he would still be on payroll,” The Caller pointed out.
Considering that the Pakistan native had nearly total access to vast numbers of emails and other documents from House Democrats, one has to wonder if he may have possibly leveraged Wasserman Schultz into keeping cash flowing into his pockets.
An official affidavit against Awan revealed that he wired $283,000 from an account at the Congressional Federal Credit Union to Faisalabad, Pakistan — the same area he was rushing to reach in person before he was arrested at the airport.
If that isn’t suspicious enough, Awan’s wife was also found with $12,000 in cash hidden inside her suitcase when she fled the country. Additionally, witnesses confirm that the Pakistani man was desperate to recover or destroy hard drives he stashed in a Virginia house.
It isn’t inconceivable that Awan, a known fraudster, threatened to release damaging information about Wasserman Schultz or the Democrat party in general.
At the very least, this bizarre series of events raises questions about Wasserman Schultz’s ability to make solid decisions about people on her staff.
By refusing to fire a foreign national even after mounting evidence of criminal behavior, the Democrat legislator has raised many unanswered questions — and her constituents deserve to know the truth about this case.
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Source: Conservative Tribune