Things are going from bad to worse for former Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz as the scandal surrounding her shady IT staffer continues to widen; raising serious ethical and legal questions over her relationship with the technician and how he gained access to some of the nation's most sensitive information.
The firing of a low-level IT worker is hardly national news, but the conditions of Imran Awan’s employment and his attempt to flee the country after sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to his native Pakistan is raising eyebrows amongst lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
GOP legislators are beginning to call for Schultz to testify before Congress over her relationship with Awan; the American people deserve answers to these very serious questions.
- Why was Imran Awan hired? What were the circumstances that led Debbie Wasserman Schultz to hire Imran Awan, as well as several family members and close friends to oversee her computer systems?
- How much access did he have? Did Awan have access to emails and sensitive correspondence from prominent members of Congress, including information relating to the House Foreign Intelligence Committee?
- Who else was involved? We know Awan had hired family members and close friends while working for Schultz. Did they too have access to sensitive national intelligence?
- Why was he paid so much? Sources close to the scandal say Awan was paid nearly $150,000 a year to remain on Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ IT team, even though he was barred from Capitol Hill back in February.
- What events surrounded his firing? Even though Awan was banned from the Capitol earlier this year, Schultz kept him on her payroll for months; only firing the shady IT staffer after he tried to flee the country.
- What is Debbie hiding? The former DNC boss has been “stonewalling” the FBI’s investigation in to Russian hacking for months; refusing to hand over hard drives, ignoring investigators’ requests, and even threatening the Chief of the Capitol Hill Police over her widening scandal. What is she hiding?
Debbie Wasserman Schultz released a brief statement on the scandal, implying Awan was being targeted because of "religious profiling."
"After details of the investigation were reviewed with us, my office was provided no evidence to indicate that laws had been broken, which over time, raised troubling concerns about due process, fair treatment and potential ethnic and religious profiling," she said. "Upon learning of his arrest, he was terminated."