Wasserman-Schultz Staffer Tries To Flee To Pakistan

  • Wasserman-Schultz Staffer Tries To Flee To Pakistan

Wasserman-Schultz Staffer Tries To Flee To Pakistan

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was arrested at the Dulles International Airport trying to flee the country for Pakistan.

A report from BuzzFeed in early February said House staffers were under investigation for stealing equipment, and Politico reported Awan was one of those under investigation.

Just yesterday we learned that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents reportedly seized a number of "smashed hard drives" and other computer equipment from the Awan's former residence in Virginia. This probably means the brothers had direct access to DNC emails.

American federal agencies arrested Florida Democratic representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz's top information technology (IT) aide for trying to board a Pakistan bound flight after he transferred United States dollars 283,000 to Islamabad. They were employed by more than two dozen Democrats in Congress, but Wasserman Schultz was the only lawmaker who kept him on.

But the story has now gone mainstream after the arrest of Imran Awan while trying to, allegedly, flee the country.

Wasserman Schultz was not pleased. The Daily Caller has also honed in on an exchange Wasserman Schultz had with the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police in which she repeatedly asked him to return a laptop that belonged to her.

"Under my understanding, the Capitol police are not able to confiscate a member's equipment when the member is not under investigation", Wasserman Schultz said.

"I think you are violating rules when you conduct your business that way and you should expect that there will be consequences", she said. He was released but had to turn over his passports, wear a Global Positioning System tracker, and agree to curfews.

Awan and his family are of Pakistani descent, and according to Democrat sources, their ethnicity "is a factor in the attention they're receiving".

A spokesman for Wasserman Schultz's office in March that Awan worked for the staff in an "advisory" role "providing advice on technology issues".

Shortly after an investigation had been launched, Awan moved abruptly from his Virginia rental home, and the rental's new tenant - a Marine Corps veteran - reported that "wireless routers, hard drives that look like they tried to destroy [sic], laptops, [and] a lot of brand new expensive toner" were left behind after Awan's departure.

Awan and his relatives began working for congressional Democrats more than a decade ago, and records show Awan made almost $2 million since starting IT work on Capitol Hill in 2004.