Report: Wasserman Schultz planned to keep paying IT staffer even after fleeing the US

Mainstream news outlets are still ignoring the unfolding drama behind the Muslim congressional IT staffer who recently tried to flee the country with cash after destroyed computer equipment was found in his former Virginia residence. It now looks like had he not been arrested by the FBI at Dulles Airport Monday, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz would continue to keep IT staffer Imran Awan on her payroll even while he lived in Pakistan.

Along with his wife and other Pakistani family members, Awan was employed by the DNC since 2005. All together, the family amassed $4 million in salary even while they conspired to hack the DNC network, which they had full access to before their plot to steal sensitive computer equipment from House Democratic lawmakers’ offices was uncovered in February. However, she didn’t fire  Awan, until just after his arrest this week.

Congressional payroll records show that Wasserman Shultz knew Imran’s wife left the U.S. months ago even though she was a suspect in a criminal investigation.

According to a report in The Daily Caller, Awan booked a round-trip ticket to Pakistan in July and planned to depart Monday, July 24 with a return ticket in six months. He was arrested at Dulles Airport before he could leave, and his arrest was the reason Wasserman Schultz fired him, but new information indicates that had he not been arrested, he would still be employed by the U.S. representative.

In fact, Awan’s lawyer, Chris Gowen, said Awan “had informed the House of his plans to visit his family,” so Wasserman Schultz already knew he was going to be in Pakistan.

“Does that mean if he had boarded the flight as planned the office would have been paying him for six months while he was abroad?” The Daily Caller asked Wasserman Schultz’s spokesman Thursday. “Why would it do that?” The spokesman did not respond.

 

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