New information suggests Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz intended to continue paying IT aide Imran Awan even after he’d fled the country to Pakistan, had he successfully boarded his flight, according to the Daily Caller.
The AP reports that Awan had informed House staff of “his plans to visit his family.”
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Wasserman Schultz’s spokesman cited Awan’s Monday arrest as the reason for ending his employment on Tuesday: “Upon learning of his arrest, he was terminated.”
The office’s insistence that his termination was prompted by the Monday arrest — and not the House Sergeant at Arms banning him and his wife from touching congressional computers or his six months in Pakistan — suggests that had he boarded the flight without incident he would still be on payroll.
“Does that mean if he had boarded the flight as planned the office would have been paying him for six months while he was abroad?” TheDCNF investigative group asked Wasserman Schultz’s spokesman Thursday. “Why would it do that?” The spokesman did not respond.
House records indicate that Awan’s wife was taken off of congressional payroll only two days after she suddenly withdrew her children from school and flew with them to Pakistan.
FBI officials have said that while she purchased a round-trip flight, that authorities do not believe she will ever return to the United States.
Awan’s wife, Hina, is also under investigation for criminal activity during her time with the U.S. House.