Former DNC Chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz openly threatened the Capitol Police Chief during a public hearing after he refused to return a laptop at the heart of Schultz’ widening IT scandal, warning he would face grave “consequences” for his actions.
The exchange happened in May, after Capitol Police found missing computer equipment relating to their investigation of Imran Awan, Schultz’ shady IT staffer who was arrested earlier this week while trying to flee the country.
“I’d like to know how Capitol Police handle equipment that belongs to a member or staffer that’s been lost within the Capitol complex and found or recovered by one of your officers. What happens?” Schultz grilled Police Chief Matthew Verderosa.
“It’s processed on […] a property record,” he responded. “And depending on the property, depending if you can legitimately determine ownership then it’s generally turned back over to the owner of the property. If it’s part of an ongoing case then there are other things that have to occur for that to happen.”
“So if a member says that they have equipment that’s been lost, and you find it, it would be returned to the member?” pressed the former DNC boss.
“In the general sense, yes,” said Verderosa. “It depends on the circumstances.”
“I don’t see how that’s possible,” said Schultz.
“I think there’s extenuating circumstances in this case […] and with the permission of the investigation we’ll return the equipment. Until that’s accomplished I can’t return the equipment,” he added.
“I think you’re violating the rules when you conduct your business in that way. And you should expect there will be consequences,” warned Schultz.
Watch the exchange above.