The Democratic IT aide to former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz arrested for bank fraud in recent weeks amidst speculation he could’ve been sending intelligence back to his home country of Pakistan is suspected of having terrorist ties, according to one Republican lawmaker.
In speaking about the recent arrest of IT aide Imran Awan for obtaining a bank loan from the Congressional Federal Credit Union”for a rental property he does not own” and then sending the money to Pakistan, Rep. Ron Desantis (R-FLA) voiced concern in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the money could pose a national security issue.
“While we can never tolerate breaches of the public trust, the wire transfer to Pakistan is particularly alarming as Pakistan is home to numerous terrorist organizations,” DeSantis wrote in a Wednesday letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The rental home on which Awan received a loan was raided by FBI last month and found to have smashed hard drives containing information from the networks of House Democrats Awan had served since 2005. Wasserman-Schultz conduct has been suspicious as she refused to consider firing Awan until after he was arrested and even planned to keep him on after he fled the US. She criticized the investigation of Capitol Police back in May and stood up for Awan upon the seizure of his equipment.
“If a member loses equipment and it is found by your staff and identified as that member’s equipment and the member is not associated with any case, it is supposed to be returned,” Wasserman Schultz told Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa. “I think you’re violating the rules when you conduct your business that way and you should expect that there will be consequences.”
DeSantis believes all evidence calls for an expanded investigation into Awan’s conduct including a freezing of his assets by the Treasury Department.
“The allegations levied against Imran Awan are alarming and could have serious national security ramifications,” DeSantis said in a statement accompanying the letter. “The Department of Justice must work to immediately mitigate the damage done by Awan and take whatever measures are necessary, including freezing illicit funds, in order to fully investigate this incident.”
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