IT BEGINS: Calls Grow For Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Testify Before Congress on IT Staffer Imran Awan
Democrat Rep. and former DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz has a lot of explaining to do, according to RNC Chief Ronna Romney McDaniel. The RNC Chairwoman is demanding Wasserman Schultz testify in front of Congress over her ties to recently arrested IT staffer Imran Awan.
Breitbart News reports:
McDaniel made the explosive demand in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News via phone on Wednesday afternoon, after news broke Tuesday night that Wasserman Schultz’s IT staffer for more than a decade was caught trying to flee the country by federal law enforcement agents after wiring hundreds of thousands of dollars to Pakistan.
“I think Congress needs to open an investigation into what this staffer had access to, to figure out what information he had on the hard drives he took a hammer to, why he was fleeing the country,” McDaniel told Breitbart News. “There are just so many questions with this individual and his family members who received over $4 million of taxpayer money between 2005 and 2009. We need to get to the bottom of it. It’s very sad that the mainstream media is not talking about this at all. It shows the bias.”
McDaniel specifically called on Wasserman Schultz to be willing to testify before a congressional committee on her knowledge of the matter. It’s unclear if the Florida congresswoman and former party chief—who stepped down at the Democratic National Convention last summer in Philadelphia amid leaks of DNC emails—would be willing to testify. Her spokesman David Damron has not responded to a request for comment when asked if she would be willing to cooperate with an investigation by Congress and testify before a panel about this matter.
“Debbie Wasserman Schultz absolutely needs to testify and explain why this individual was on taxpayer-funded payroll until yesterday, as he was fleeing the country, on top of the fact that they had removed his access to congressional computers in February,” McDaniel said. “So she knew he was under investigation, she knew something was wrong, and she kept him on payroll. So we need to figure out what she knew, why she was protecting this person, and figure out what he did with important government information.”
The Gateway Pundit has covered the Awan brothers saga closely.
As TGP reported, the Pakistani brothers were under investigation for a cyber-security breach. From February of this year:
Three brothers who managed office IT for government officials were relieved of their duties last week on suspicion that they accessed specific computer networks without permission, also known as hacking.
Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday.
They accessed computers unauthorized. They were getting foreign information. The three brothers were making $161,000, $165,000, and $160,000.
One of the brothers has a criminal background.
Congressional aides feared politicians were being blackmailed by the Pakistani IT suspects in the security breach.
Former Chairwoman of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz is up to her neck in this scandal as she threatened the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police with ‘consequences’ for holding equipment that she says belongs to her in order to build a criminal case against a Pakistani IT staffer suspected of massive cybersecurity breaches, The Daily Caller reported.
“My understanding is the the Capitol Police is not able to confiscate Members’ equipment when the Member is not under investigation,” Wasserman Schultz said in the annual police budget hearing of the House Committee On Appropriations’ Legislative Branch Subcommittee.
“I think you’re violating the rules when you conduct your business that way and you should expect that there will be consequences,” Wasserman Schultz said.
Only after Imran Awan’s arrest did Wasserman Schultz FINALLY fire the IT staffer.
According to reports earlier this week Imran Awan was still employed by Wasserman Schultz after his arrest on Monday night.
David Damron, spokesman for Wasserman Schultz, told FOX News reporter Chad Pergram that Awan was terminated on Tuesday.
Wasserman Schultz spokesman David Damron: Mr. Awan previously served as a part-time employee but his services have been terminated.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) July 25, 2017
Imran Awan’s attorney released a statement Wednesday after his arrest on Monday….
The attorney blames Islamophobia, the ultra-right-wing and pizzagate for his client’s arrest.
The attorney goes on to say Imran and his wife were traveling to Pakistan because he was just fired.
They were both carrying $12,000 when they left the US. Imran was arrested before he could board his plane.
Awan’s attorney released a statement Wednesday:
“The attacks on Mr. Awan and his family began as part of a frenzy of anti-Muslim bigotry in the literal heart of our democracy, the House of Representatives. For months, we have had utterly unsupported, outlandish, and slanderous statements targeting Mr. Awan coming not just from the ultra-right-wing “pizzagate” media but from sitting members of Congress.”
Awan’s attorney also blamed ‘extremist right-wing bloggers’ for harassing Awan’s children.
To no one’s surprise, Awan and his lawyers are now playing victim after he was caught in a cyber-security breach and smashed the hard drives.
Statement from Awan Brothers lawyer: pic.twitter.com/Bp9zqHtgGS
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) July 26, 2017