Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and her former IT staffer Imran Awan are likely sweating bullets after a new report revealed the worst news they could possibly get about the hard drives smashed by Awan that the FBI recovered.
Obviously, the reason the hard drives were smashed is because they held some sort of detrimental information about Awan, Wasserman-Schultz, or someone involved with either of the two, otherwise there’d be no need to destroy them (what’s with Democrats and destroying computers, anyway?). So after smashing hard drives, only to have the FBI seize them from your former residence, the last thing you’d want to hear is that the data was recovered from them, but that seems to be exactly what happened.
According to a report from the Daily Caller, a company specializing in data recovery from destroyed computers said it’s “very likely” the FBI has been able to retrieve whatever was on Awan’s smashed hard drives.
“It depends on what happens, but even if it is hit with a hammer, it probably doesn’t damage the platters that actually hold the data, which remains recoverable,” said Tom Hakim, engineering supervisor for werecoverdata.com, a New York-based lab that specializes in difficult digital retrieval.
“In most cases, it’s very likely” the information on a smashed hard drive can be recovered “in two or three days, maybe a week,” Hakim said.
Hakim’s company does work for both law enforcement and Fortune 500 companies, and they’ve been able to recover information from both fire and water damaged disks. As the Caller noted, this could be a devastating development for the Pakistani-born IT aide and his former boss.
That may be very bad news for Pakistani-born Imran. He and his younger brothers Abid and Jamal, his wife Hina Alvi and his best friend Rao Abbas are criminal suspects in a federal investigation first made public in February into abuse of the congressional IT servers, including the possible transfer of data, emails and files from the offices of dozens of House Democrats.
Imran had worked for Wasserman Schultz — who resigned in July 2016 as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee after its IT system was hacked — since 2005. His relatives and friend had also worked on and off as IT aides, being paid collectively more than $4 million from 2009 to 2016.
We previously reported that Wasserman-Schultz had kept Awan on the payroll, despite his being banned from the Capitol, until the day after he was arrested, for reasons unknown. Now, a watchdog group is demanding an investigation into why the Florida Congresswoman wasted taxpayer money on someone who couldn’t even perform the work.
“There is something quite amiss as to why Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz continued to use taxpayer funds to employ former technology staff member, Imran Awan, even months after he was barred from accessing the House’s computer systems and a number of her colleagues severed ties with Awan,” said Matthew Whitaker, executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT).
“Since Awan’s arrest last week, Wasserman Schultz has been evasive and unable to answer even basic questions about the nature of Awan’s employment with her office. This only further confirms the urgency of an investigation into her unethical and illegal actions,” Whitaker said in a statement.