WASHINGTON- Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) said lawmakers should probe the circumstances surrounding the employment of an IT staffer who continued to work for Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) even after being implicated in a computer and data theft scandal.
“I think its questionable what they (the staffer and some of his family members) were doing at that time. We would have to investigate that,” DeSantis told Fox and Friends Monday.
DeSantis said he is concerned that the sensitive information may have been compromised.
“They had access to intelligence and House Foreign Affairs Committee members’ personal email and IT accounts. There is some very sensitive information on there,” the congressman explained.
Imran Awan, 37, along with several of his family members worked as technology assistants for several House Democrats until February when news broke of an investigation into allegations that usage rules were violated.
Wasserman-Schultz was only the lawmaker to retain Awan’s services following news of the scandal.
The Congresswoman and former DNC chair last week said in a statement through her spokesperson just hours after Awan was arrested and charged with bank fraud that he was no longer employed by her office.
The Daily Caller last week reported that FBI agents confiscated destroyed computer hard drives from Awan’s home. The U.S. Capitol Police confiscated Wasserman-Schultz’s laptop in February and she has reportedly retained counsel in hopes of retaining the device.
Awan is accused of lying on a home loan application submitted to the Congressional Credit Union. Federal agents apprehended Awan last Monday while attempting to board a flight at Dulles Airport en route to Pakistan. Awan’s wife was present at the time of the arrest but was permitted to leave the country.
Awan’s attorney last week said in a statement that his client is innocent and was targeted for prosecution because of his Muslim faith.