‘Piranha’ Wasserman-Schultz employed the suspect until day after his arrest
Pelosi dances to avoid answering questions
Imran Awan was arrested Monday night at Dulles International Airport as he was trying to flee the country for Lahore, Pakistan. While still working for Debbie Wasserman Schultz, he faced arraignment in federal court Tuesday on a charge of bank fraud related to a home mortgage scheme, though he is suspected of committing other crimes and will likely face additional charges in the near future.
The IT staffer who has worked with dozens of Democrat members of Congress has been under criminal investigation since February for alleged procurement theft, and is suspected of stealing money, equipment and possible classified information from those for whom the lawmakers.
On Tuesday Julian Assange of WikiLeaks posted to his Twitter account a portion of an email showing that Awan had access to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s iPad, a device that likely held state secrets and other sensitive information:
“Wasserman Schultz IT staffer arrested trying to leave country.”
That email, part of a larger chain sent May 12, 2016, from one Wasserman Schultz aide to another, read, in part: “Pelosi is doing s(sic) closed door meeting. No staff or anyone allowed. Kaitlyn come to Rayburn room and get her iPad for Imran. Thanks.”
Watch Nancy Pelosi flare her arms and hands as she tries to dance around the issue:
When Pelosi was asked directly about the ongoing investigation of Awan by a reporter during a news conference in May. The Minority Leader acted ignorant and claimed to be unfamiliar with both Awan and the suspicions swirling around him, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
Asked about the investigation, Pelosi initially replied, “Well, the people who are under investigation are the Attorney General of the United States. I mean, what are we talking about here?”
Asked if Awan should still be employed by Democrat members of Congress (he was only released from Wasserman Schultz’s payroll Tuesday), Pelosi dodged the question and stated, “I’m not familiar. You have a very specific charge there. I haven’t followed that so closely. We’ve been busy with a lot of other things.”
“But, there are plenty of people who are under investigation who still have their jobs,” she responded.