Schlapp: Indictment of Former Wasserman Schultz Aide Raises Serious Questions
A former IT aide for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) has been indicted on four counts including conspiracy and making false statements.
Imran Awan and other IT aides for House Democrats had been on investigators’ radar for months over concerns of possible double-billing, alleged equipment theft, and access to sensitive computer systems.
Most lawmakers fired Awan in February, but Wasserman Schultz had kept him on until his arrest last month.
In a recent interview, Wasserman Schultz said this is only a story because of the “right-wing media circus fringe," but Mercedes Schlapp says it's a "no brainer" that this should be covered.
On "America's Newsroom" today, Schlapp explained that Awan had access to sensitive information, which raises a lot of questions.
"It also raises questions as to what Wasserman Schultz' role has been, in terms of why she ended up keeping him on the payroll," Schlapp said. "She's obviously defending Awan, despite the fact that you had other Democrats who fired Awan back in February."
Juan Williams said it's "puzzling" that Wasserman Schultz kept Awan on the payroll, even after a criminal investigation was revealed and he was barred from the House IT network.
He agreed that this story invites "real questions," regardless of political party.
"I'm just so perplexed by Wasserman Schultz' behavior," Schlapp said. "For Wasserman Schultz to blame it on the conservative media, this is something that we've seen time and time again the Democrats do."
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