Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has some splainin’ to do after Imran Awan, her former IT staffer, was arrested trying to flee the country with $12,000 in cash on him, and she knows she’s in trouble.
We’ve been reporting on this bombshell story for months, and it finally came to a head on Monday when the FBI nabbed Awan at Dulles Airport in Washington just before he hoped a plane to Pakistan. Awan was under investigation in regards to a congressional data breech, and authorities ended up hauling him in over alleged wire fraud, but we still have no clue just how far this scandal goes.
However, Wasserman-Schultz does, and her erratic behavior surrounding the ordeal appears to suggest she also knows she’s guilty of something.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) July 27, 2017
The Awan family was paid nearly five million dollars over four years for their work for Wasserman-Schultz and the Democratic National Committee. Even after coming under investigation, Imran Awan remained employed by Wasserman-Schultz until the day after he was arrested.
The FBI took down Awan after it was reported that they seized smashed hard drives from his former residence, which he rented out to a U.S. Marine. While nobody knows what was on the hard drives themselves, the charges against Awan come from a wire transfer of nearly $300,000 to Pakistan, part of which was paid for by obtaining an illegal loan through his work in Congress.
During the investigation, Capitol Police seized a laptop belonging to Wasserman-Schultz that Awan had stashed somewhere in the Capitol Building. When the Capitol Police chief refused to turn over the laptop, Wasserman-Schultz issued a direct threat in telling him “there will be consequences” for not doing as she asked.
Now, it appears as if the skeletons in her closet are haunting her, which is really too bad. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer person. /sarc