Debbie Wasserman Schultz found herself in the hot seat Wednesday after her shady IT staffer who attempted to flee to Pakistan announced his plans to reach a plea deal with American prosecutors, reports Fox News.
Schultz’ IT aide, Imran Awan, rose to national headlines last year after he was arrested at a DC area airport while attempting to flee to Pakistan; raising serious questions over his access to top secret DNC emails and documents surrounding the Florida congresswoman.
“Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, were charged last summer with bank fraud. They now appear poised to strike a plea deal with the Department of Justice. A plea agreement hearing is set for July 3 before U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan in Washington,” Fox News reported Wednesday.
“The House Office of Inspector General tracked the Awans network usage and found that a massive amount of data was flowing from the (congressional) networks,” said Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa. “Over 5,700 logins by the five Awan associates were discovered on a single server within the House.”
Debbie Wasserman Schultz has largely remained silent on the issue, telling a Florida newspaper that she stood by her decision to retain Awan on her payroll for months despite him being barred from access to the US Capitol.
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DEBBIE DOWNER: Schultz Says $1000 BONUSES ‘Don’t Go Very Far’
Former DNC chairwoman and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz continued the Democrat denial of the GOP tax cut success story this week; dismissing higher earnings and big bonuses while claiming that $1,000 doesn’t “go very far” for hard-working American families.
The embattled Representative was speaking at a “Trump Tax Town Hall” event when she made her totally out-of-touch comments, suggesting that the bonuses won’t do much for average Americans.
“Frankly, if you look at the bonuses -and I haven’t heard of a corporate bonus of more than $1,000 so far- which by the way isn’t taxed, so it’s not $1,000,” said Schultz. “And then you spread $1,000 over the course of a year… So figure out how much that is, of course they get it all at once.”
“I’m not sure that $1,000 which is taxed goes very far for almost anyone,” she added.
Debbie’s off-the-wall comments completely ignore the economic boost that $1,000 can deliver for hard-working men and women across the country; allowing them to invest in home improvements, car maintenance, buy stocks, and take their families on vacations.
Watch Schultz’ comments above.
DEBBIE SPEAKS: DWS Makes First Public Comments as IT Scandal Heats Up
Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke out for the first time Thursday over the widening scandal surrounding her shady IT staffer; standing by her decision to keep Imran Awan on her payroll and saying she has to “stand up for what’s right.”
Speaking with the Sun Sentinel, Schultz was defiant against her critics who are openly calling for a thorough investigation between Awan and the former chair of the Democratic National Committee.
“I believe that I did the right thing, and I would do it again,” Wasserman Schultz told the newspaper. “There are times when you can’t be afraid to stand alone, and you have to stand up for what’s right. It would have been easier for me to just fire him.”
Schultz defended her decision to keep Awan on her payroll, despite being barred from the Capitol for months, saying “there are plenty of technological issues that an IT person can assist with. He didn’t have access to the network, but he was able to give us guidance.”
The former DNC boss also commented on the heated exchange between her and the Chief of Capitol Hill Police earlier this year, where she openly threatened the top cop with “consequences” for withholding her private laptop; a computer she now claims was never hers.
“This was not my laptop. I have never seen that laptop. I don’t know what’s on the laptop,” she said.