It has been almost 3 months since the Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (DWS) hounded Capitol Police Chief Matthew R. Verderosa over who owned IT aide Imran Awan’s laptop. She is believes there is an issue of “racial and ethnic profiling.”
Typical liberal move, right?
Awan was arrested on July 24th after he attempted to flee the country, on a travel itinerary that landed him in his homeland of Pakistan. He was subsequently “charged with bank fraud after a months-long investigation that found he wired nearly $300,000 to Pakistan,” reports The Washington Free Beacon.
Politico outlines the charges: “Awan is accused of attempting to defraud the Congressional Federal Credit Union by obtaining a $165,000 home equity loan for a rental property, which is against the credit union’s policies since it is not the owner’s primary residence. Those funds were then included as part of a wire transfer to two individuals in Faisalabad, Pakistan.”
Fox News also said: “[Awan] pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of bank fraud during his arraignment in federal court in Washington, D.C. He was released but will have to wear a GPS monitor and abide by a curfew.”
Now get this. It was only one the day Awan was arrested that DWS decided to fire him.
Coincidence? That would be a hard, ‘NO!’
In previous reports DWS stated ‘negotiations’ with the Capitol Police were pending regarding the extent they could examine the seized laptop.
Talking to the Sun Sentinel on Thursday, she stated she has allowed an examination to go forward. She also claimed: “This was not my laptop. I have never seen that laptop. I don’t know what’s on the laptop.”
This is where she pull the race card. The Democratic lawmaker said her distress is over possible violations of Awan’s legal rights:
I had grave concerns about his due process rights being violated. …When their investigation was reviewed with me, I was presented with no evidence of anything that they were being investigated for.
And so that, in me, gave me great concern that his due process rights were being violated. That there were racial and ethnic profiling concerns that I had.
According to the Daily Wire: The congresswoman released a similar statement on July 26, just after Awan’s arrest and termination. Both statements mirror the ones provided by Reps. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) in March. However, Meeks and Fudge didn’t wait five months to take action.
DWS added: “I was trying to get more information, I wanted to make sure they were following the rules,” in regards to her exchange with Police Chief Verderosa.
She also balked at the idea that Awan was fleeing the country because he filled out a form concerning his leave of absence, and bought a round-trip ticket.
This situation is baffling, and it brings to the fore several questions. Why did Wasserman-Schultz imply the laptop was hers? Why did she fight against an examination of the laptop so vociferously? Why has it taken her so long to allow an examination? Why did she continue to employ Awan when numerous others fired him upon discovery of the investigation? Why did she wait so long to reveal the alleged motivations behind her defense of Awan and his laptop?
There are a lot of unanswered questions that need a response. Maybe the seized laptop will answer them, who knows?
One thing is certain, this race card cannot be played in this case. There are obvious legal violations here.