The FBI Just Seized Smashed Hard Drives From The Home Of Former Debbie Wasserman Schultz Aide

WILTON MANORS, FL - MAY 26: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) attends a discussion about LGBT rights at the Pride Center on May 26, 2017 in Wilton Manors, Florida. The discussion centered around the Equality Act, a bill that hopes to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to guarantee protections to LGBT individuals. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

An aide who’s under investigation by the FBI for hacking into the House Intel network had smashed hard drives in his home that have been seized by the FBI, according to The Daily Caller.

Imran Awan, a former IT aide to Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has been trying desperately to get them back.

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An additional source in Congress with direct knowledge of the case, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the probe, confirmed that the FBI has joined what Politico previously described as a Capitol Police criminal probe into “serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network” by Imran and three of his relatives, who had access to the emails and files of the more than two dozen House Democrats who employed them on a part-time basis.

Capitol Police have also seized computer equipment tied to the Florida lawmaker.

Awan’s brothers, sister-in-law, and best friend are also under investigation.

There is also evidence of financial schemes that extend beyond the Capitol Police’s purview and may expand to Pakistan, where Imran spends significant portions of the year.

The Awans have been paid, in total, more than $4 million since they first began work for congressional Democrats.

The equipment was discovered after Imran put his property up for rent on a website that connects landlords with military families.

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One of the new tenants — a Marine Corps veteran married to a female Navy Officer — said he found “wireless routers, hard drives that look like they tried to destroy, laptops, [and] a lot of brand new expensive toner.”

The tenants called the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and, not long after, FBI agents arrived together with the Capitol Police to interview them and confiscate the equipment. The Marine spoke on condition of anonymity because of concerns for his wife’s naval career, saying she doesn’t want to be associated with a national security incident.

“It was in the garage. They recycled cabinets and lined them along the walls. They left in a huge hurry,” the Marine said. “It looks like government-issued equipment. We turned that stuff over.”

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