Former Democrat National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in hot water.
The scandal surrounding the arrest of her former IT staffers is mushrooming.
And new allegations have people whispering the unthinkable.
Imran Awan and his family worked as IT staffers for house Democrats – including Wasserman Schultz – on sensitive committees such as Intelligence and foreign relations.
Federal investigators have been looking into their activities in relation to a data breach that may have involved classified information being stolen and sold to foreign governments.
The New York Post reports:
“Federal authorities are investigating whether sensitive data was stolen from congressional offices by several Pakistani-American tech staffers and sold to Pakistani or Russian intelligence, knowledgeable sources say.
What started out 16 months ago as a scandal involving the alleged theft of computer equipment from Congress has turned into a national-security investigation involving FBI surveillance of the suspects.
Investigators now suspect that sensitive US government data — possibly including classified information — could have been compromised and may have been sold to hostile foreign governments that could use it to blackmail members of Congress or even put their lives at risk.
“This is a massive, massive scandal,” a senior US official familiar with the widening probe told The Post.”
The case has seen many strange developments.
Awan was arrested by the FBI at an airport after his family fled to Pakistan.
He was hit with charges relating to financial crimes and wiring nearly $300,000 to Pakistan.
It was also revealed that the new tenant in a home Awan was renting found smashed computer equipment on the property.
Some have even speculated that Awan could have been the source of the leaked DNC emails during the 2016 Presidential election.
The Post also reports:
“Awan had access to Wasserman Schultz’s e-mails at both Congress and the DNC, where he had been given the password to her iPad. After DNC e-mails and research files were stolen during the presidential election, Wasserman Schultz reportedly refused to turn over the server to the FBI and instead called in a private firm to investigate and ID the hackers. The firm blamed the Russian government, while admitting, “We don’t have hard evidence.” The corrupted DNC server, held in storage, still has not been examined by the FBI.
Wasserman Schultz denies the DNC turned down the FBI’s assistance or that her congressional or DNC e-mails were compromised by Awan.”
Schultz kept Awan on her payroll – even while he was the subject of an investigation – until the day he was arrested.
It was a puzzling decision that no one could understand.
The case has raised many disturbing questions about the Democrats and cyber security.
If classified information was sold to a foreign government, it moves the investigation into a completely different stratosphere.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this story.