New facts have arisen in the developing scandal surrounding the IT aide of Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). Although this story has not been highly covered in the mainstream media, the implications it could have for Wasserman Schultz and the Democrat party are significant.
According to Independent Journal Review, A US Marine Corps veteran who rented a house from Wasserman Schultz’s aide has decided to reveal his identity as an FBI source in order to reject the Florida congresswoman’s claim that the investigation is the result of “Islamophobia.”
Andre Taggart, an African American veteran who claims to vote Democrat, expressed his dismay at Wasserman Schultz’s assertion that “racial and ethnic profiling” is at the heart of accusations against her IT aide Imran Awan, a belief documented by Christian News Alerts.
As Breitbart noted, Awan had worked for Wasserman Schultz and other congressional Democrats since 2004. Last month, he and his wife were arrested for fraud and embezzlement charges while attempting to flee the country to Pakistan.
New York Post reported that Imran Awan was indicted last week on four counts, including conspiracy and making false statements. While this is in relation to the bank fraud charges, the real controversy surrounding the Democrat IT aide lies in an ongoing investigation into his handling of sensitive congressional information and technology.
Awan and his team, which included his brother and wife, were barred from House IT work in February after they were unable to produce missing computer equipment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Interestingly, Wasserman Schultz kept Awan on her payroll even after he was banned from House computers, as reported by Gateway Pundit. An investigation by The Daily Caller indicated that the former DNC-chair intended to keep paying Awan even after he left for Pakistan.
Andre Taggart took issue with Wasserman Schultz’s dismissal of the accusations as the product of “profiling.” It was Taggart who informed the FBI about smashed computer hard drives at Awan’s home.
Taggart told The Daily Caller, “Him, his wife, his brother, all working down there — there’s no way they could do this without help. If we can drag Trump and his wingnuts through the mud for the Russia influence that they are having, then it’s only fair that we also expose this s–t.” Taggert went on to say that “[the Awans] took advantage of us,” describing how Awan attempted to sue him to recover the computers and even placed the house for sale despite the leasing contract in place.
Predictably, Wasserman Schultz says her IT Aide is only being investigated because of racial and ethnic profiling. Is this investigation racist?
Taggart and his wife, who is a Navy officer, are not the only ones to speak out about Awan’s questionable business practices. As the Daily Mail reported, relatives recently said of the Awans “For the sake of money they would have done anything.” In fact, Fox News observed that Awan’s own stepmother has filed a police claim against him for insurance fraud.
Daily Caller also suggested the Awans were running a “ghost employee” scheme. They collected $6 million in salaries from Congress even though only a few of the 6 individuals on the payroll actually did work at the House.
Awan’s brother, Abid, was paid an annual salary of $160,000 even though he rarely went to Capitol Hill, spending most of his time running a car dealership–a dealership that received $100,000 from an Iranian fugitive with ties to Hezbollah.
As the story continues to unfold, the facts brought to light may cast a grave shadow on the legacy of Wasserman Schultz and the Democrat party.