A new report says Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz continued to pay Imran Awan after he was accused of stealing equipment in February, per Washington Free Beacon.
Awan was arrested on Tuesday trying to flee to Pakistan after wiring more than $200,000 to the country from the Congressional Credit Union.
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Schultz declined to answer questions about him on Wednesday.
David Damron, Schultz’s spokesman, accompanied her on the House floor Wednesday and informed a reporter that she would not be taking any questions about her former employee.
Schultz did, however, release a statement on Wednesday evening that indicated she initially thought profiling contributed to Awan’s firing: “After details of the investigation were reviewed with us, my office was provided no evidence to indicate that laws had been broken, which over time, raised troubling concerns about due process, fair treatment, and potential ethical and religious profiling. Upon learning of his arrest, he was terminated.”
Schultz and seven other Democrats in Congress paid Awan upwards of $1,000 for work done in 2017.
Awan pleaded not-guilty to bank fraud charges and is under very strict supervisions regarding his whereabouts and GPS location.