Debbie Wasserman Schultz (DWS) used her position on the committee who sets the budget for the Capitol Police to try to extort crucial evidence being held by the force, to be returned to her. The case is the shady dealings of the Awan family, who had access to several democratic members of congress’ emails, including DWS. In fact, for some inexplicable reason DWS kept them on after everyone else dumped them over the investigation. What is on that laptop that DWS doesn’t want them to find. And did the police already find it and is that why they refuse to return it?
‘Under my understanding, the Capitol Police is not able to confiscate members’ equipment when the member is not under investigation. It is their equipment and it’s supposed to be returned.’
The laptop was taken by police following a report into data breaches inside congressional offices in Washington.
Politico first reported that one staffer under investigation for the theft had worked for multiple Democrats in Washington, but had been fired after the alleged IT breaches.
However, Wasserman Schultz still employed the staffer and that is why her computer was taken by police as part of their investigation.
The chief told the Florida Democrat, because of ‘extenuating circumstances’, that wasn’t the case and that once the investigation was completed, the equipment would be returned.
Wasserman Schultz replied: ‘I think you’re violating the rules when you conduct your business that way and should expect that there would be consequences.’
What she is saying is “That’s a nice budget you got there. It would really be a shame if anything happened to it. Do I get my laptop back?”
The Capitol Police and other agencies are investigating Imran Awan, who has run technology for Wasserman Schultz since 2005.
He was banned from the House network in February on suspicion of data breaches and theft.
Wasserman Schultz’s representatives denied the lawmaker was using her position on the committee that sets the police force’s budget to press its chief on the matter of the laptop.
‘The Congresswoman was asking the Capitol Police to follow their own equipment-return policy, and as we understand it, that is now happening,’ Communications director David Damron told the Orlando Sun-Sentinel.