There are so many scandals in progress in DC that you have to wonder how some of these legislators have any time to get anything productive done. On the other hand, considering the agenda some wish to pursue, perhaps its just as well that they are distracted with scandal management. It’s less dangerous to the Republic that way.
The scandal we’ll address today is the one involving a group of Pakistani IT specialists working for Democratic Congressmen who are alleged to have stolen confidential, and perhaps classified information from these legislators’ computers. To make matters worse, at least some of these individuals are still employed by these Congressmen.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former chair of the DNC, was especially hard-hit by this scandal. Now, for some reason, she is threatening the Capitol police chief in an effort to get evidence being used to investigate this scandal returned to her. The obvious question is, why?
“Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz threatened the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police with ‘consequences’ for holding equipment that she says belongs to her in order to build a criminal case against a Pakistani staffer suspected of massive cybersecurity breaches involving funneling sensitive congressional data offsite.”
As the Daily Caller points out, this could be considered obstruction of justice, a crime. Wasserman Schultz must know this and the risk she is taking just from the negative publicity and suspicions that will be raised by her actions. So, something must be on that computer equipment that she desperately does not want released.
“The Capitol Police and outside agencies are pursuing Imran Awan, who has run technology for the Florida lawmaker since 2005 and was banned from the House network in February on suspicion of data breaches and theft.
“‘My understanding is the the Capitol Police is not able to confiscate Members’ equipment when the Member is not under investigation,’ Wasserman Schultz said in the annual police budget hearing of the House Committee On Appropriations’ Legislative Branch Subcommittee.
“‘We can’t return the equipment,’ Police Chief Matthew R. Verderosa told the Florida Democrat.
“‘I think you’re violating the rules when you conduct your business that way and you should expect that there will be consequences,’ Wasserman Schultz said.”
There is something seriously wrong. Here’s the relevant exchange.
“Though on the surface Wasserman Schultz would have been a victim of Awan’s scam, she has inexplicably protected him, circumventing the network ban by re-titling him as an ‘adviser’ instead of technology administrator.”
So Wasserman Schultz was the victim of Awan’s likely criminal activity. He is under investigation. She reassigned him to a different position on her staff to skirt a ban on him and his associates. She is now risking an obstruction of justice charge in demanding evidence be returned to her.
The question perhaps should be, when will Wasserman Schultz be indicted?
Source: Daily Caller