Congressional officials are reportedly considering launching an independent investigation into the conduct of Pakistani IT staffers who worked for former DNC Chair and Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
The Pakistani staffers, who were employed by the DNC since 2005, accruing $4 million in salary, allegedly formulated a scheme to steal sensitive computer equipment from House Democratic lawmakers’ offices, and conspired to hack the network they had full access to last year. However, she didn’t fire the Pakistani IT aide who headed the plot, Imran Awan, until just after his arrest this week.
The independent investigation would be in addition to a probe into the matter being headed by Capitol Police working in tandem with the FBI. That investigation bore fruit with Awan’s arrest this week, after the FBI confiscated hard drives he had stashed at a Virginia home he’d previously rented.
Leading members of the House Judiciary Committee and Government Oversight Committee told the Washington Free Beacon that an investigation should be launched into the illicit IT activity, possibly including a congressional testimony by Wasserman-Schultz. Capitol police would be more than pleased to be granted such a testimony, as they’ve been obstructed by the former DNC Chair throughout the investigation.
“In addition to the criminal case that is now underway, Congress needs to get answers regarding the scope of Imran Awan’s misconduct and the access he had to sensitive material in the United States House of Representatives, including why he remained on the House payroll for so long,” Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.), a member of the Government Oversight Committee and chair of its National Security Subcommittee told the Washington Free Beacon.
“The facts as we know them are very troubling and we need a full accounting of his time at both the DNC and the U.S. House,” DeSantis said. “Congressional hearings are in order.”
Asked if Wasserman Schultz could be asked to testify in such an investigation, DeSantis said it is possible.
“If [the Department of Justice] doesn’t think it will interfere with the criminal case then it’s a live possibility,” he said
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R., Texas), a member of the House’s Judiciary Committee, expressed a desire for a Wasserman-Schultz testimony saying, “Yes, we could ask for her [Wasserman Schultz] to testify and look for either the government reform or judiciary. Both have jurisdiction over things in this whole catastrophe.”
“You don’t have to be all that great at hacking to hack into almost anyone’s email and calendar,” Gohmert said. “Our enemies that would like to bring down the U.S. would love to have the calendars of every single member of Congress to see who’s vulnerable to what and how they can be manipulated. There’s a reason that you have to have a background check in order to work on our system.”
On top of her questionable conduct throughout the investigation, Wasserman-Schultz has benefitted from a startling lack of media coverage.
GOP representation in Congress has called the unbelievable shirking of integrity by the mainstream media biased.
“It’s very sad that the mainstream media is not talking about this at all,” Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said earlier this week. “It shows the bias.”
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