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White House wants 'thorough investigation into fired IT staffer who worked for Wasserman Schultz

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston.

Miami Herald.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston.

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The White House press secretary called for a "thorough investigation" into a fired information technology staffer who worked for U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

During the press briefing July 27, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked if President Donald Trump was aware of the case and if he was satisfied with the pace of the investigation.

"I haven't had a conversation with him specifically about that but I do think it is something we should fully look into and there should be a thorough investigation," she said.

On Thursday morning, Trump retweeted a story by Town Hall headlined "ABC, NBC, and CBS pretty much bury IT Scandal engulfing Debbie Wasserman Schultz's office."

Imran Awan worked for many Democratic House members since 2004. But while other members fired him in February when news surfaced that he was under investigation, Wasserman Schultz waited to fire him until Tuesday. Awan was arrested for bank fraud while at Dulles International Airport enroute to Pakistan.

While news reports have stated, based on unnamed sources, that Awan is under investigation for theft of data and equipment, the bank fraud charge is based on misrepresentations to a Congressional credit union about a home loan.

Awan has entered a plea of not guilty and awaits a preliminary hearing Aug 21. 

[Last modified: Friday, July 28, 2017 8:34am]

    

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