Former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz finally fired Pakistani IT aide Imran Awan this week, after he was arrested at Dulles International Airport on bank fraud charges while attempting to leave the country.
Wasserman-Schultz resigned as DNC chair last year after an investigation was launched into the conduct of IT staffers working for House Democrats when the DNC’s network was hacked. But she was strangely hesitant in firing Awan, keeping him on as one of her technicians during months of scrutiny and even after the FBI seized hard drives from his former home last week.
The former DNC chair reportedly refused to cooperate with Capitol Police, and the silence of House Democrats on the investigation was believed by some to be hurting investigators’ ability to get to the bottom of the case.
However, the “other shoe” dropped for Awan, who had essentially been living like someone fleeing the law since the investigation heated up at the beginning of the year, this week. He tried desperately to retrieve the electronic hardware the FBI seized from his Virginia home after he abandoned it back in February, and intended to fly back to Pakistan with his family.
But, on Monday, Awan was busted at the airport on charges of bank fraud for attempting to take out a loan from the Congressional Federal Credit Union on the aforementioned Virginia home as if he owned it, though he had only been renting it.
His family was allowed to continue on to Pakistan but Awan, after pleading guilty, had his passport confiscated and was outfitted with a GPS tracking device.
Politico first reported the federal complaint into Awan’s conduct, which stated that Awan was “engaged in a schedule to defraud” the federal credit union that is available to congressional employees. Awan, along with friends and family, committed the bank fraud while he was still under investigation for the aforementioned equipment and data theft, and had been working for the DNC since 2004.
As the charges against her former assistant continue to pile up, Wasserman-Schultz is appearing, more and more, the obstructionist of justice.
Wasserman-Schultz “has obstructed at every level on something that affects potentially our national security,” said Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee. “We have to get to the bottom of this.”
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