Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), is under heavy scrutiny after the arrest of her IT aide, Imran Awan. Wasserman Schultz has been the center of controversy since the 2016 election when Wikileaks emails revealed that she used her party’s apparatus to give Hillary Clinton an advantage over Bernie Sanders in the primaries.
But the Florida Congresswoman, far from distancing herself from scandal, is bringing further damage to her reputation by defending Awan. Wasserman Schultz told the Sun Sentinel that Awan’s arrest and the subsequent investigations into his illicit activities are nothing more than “racial and ethnic profiling” by the Right.
Imran Awan was arrested in late July on bank fraud charges after he and his wife misrepresented themselves on a loan for a rental property and then sent the money to a pair of unnamed persons in Pakistan, reported CNN.
Awan was detained by FBI officials at a Washington, D.C. airport as he tried to flee to Pakistan. Following his arrest, news surfaced of his mishandling of congressional equipment and information while working for multiple Democrat members of Congress.
Back in February, The Daily Caller reported that Awan was banned from the House IT network after being suspected of carrying out data breaches and theft. In a follow-up article, The Daily Caller described how D.C. police seized a laptop belonging to Awan as evidence in the investigation.
Wasserman Schultz used her position on a committee that controls the D.C. police department’s budget to cajole law enforcement into returning the computer. She even threatened a police officer with “consequences” if the laptop was not returned.
Capitol Hill lawmakers are closely reviewing the full extent of Awan’s violations. World News Daily reports that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), has requested the immigration records of Awan and his family members who worked alongside him.
While a typical politician would avoid potential fallout by distancing himself from a low-level staffer, Wasserman Schultz has been ardent in her defense of her IT aide. In fact, the Palm Beach Post reports that Wasserman Shultz continued to employ Awan until the day of his arrest, whereas the other members of Congress dropped him months ago in light of the investigations.
The Gateway Pundit notes that Wasserman Schultz planned to keep Awan on the payroll even after his relocation to Pakistan. She has offered continued defenses of her IT aide: “I had grave concerns about his due process rights being violated. When their investigation was reviewed with me, I was presented with no evidence of anything that they were being investigated for.”
Wasserman Schultz continues to defend her suspicious IT aide. Is she hiding something?
Wasserman Schultz went on to say that racism is the cause of the investigations into Awan. “And so that, in me, gave me great concern that his due process rights were being violated,” Wasserman Schultz said. “That there were racial and ethnic profiling concerns that I had.” Accusations of racism or “ethnic profiling” are common tactics among Democrats and liberal public figures, especially when detracting from major illegal activities.
The race card may not be enough to save Wasserman Schultz. As Politico observes, members of her own party are tired of her and criticizing her handling of the Awan scandal. One Florida DNC member said: “It doesn’t sound like racial profiling…there must have been something for her.”
As DNC Chair, Wasserman Schultz left the Democrat party in shambles. Now it appears she’s undoing what’s left of her political career.