REDBROWARD spoke with Republican Congressional candidate Carla Spalding just minutes after The South Florida Sun-Sentinel published an exclusive interview with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Out Of Touch). It was Wasserman-Schultz's first comments since last week's arrest of her employee Imran Awan. Federal authorities stopped Awan as he tried to flee to Pakistan. He was charged with bank fraud.
Imran Awan was hired by Wasserman-Schultz to handle IT issues. Authorities recovered smash computer hard drives from his home and a laptop he allegedly hid in the House Office Building. When Awan became the target of an investigation late last year, his other Democrat clients fired him. Only Debbie Wasserman-Schultz kept him on the payroll.
In the South Florida Sun-Sentinel interview, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz makes laughable excuses for her behavior in this entire matter. She said she worried Awan was unfairly targeted because he is a Muslim. Since the investigation began during the Obama administration, its highly unlikely Awan was singled out because of his religion.
Wasserman-Schultz said she wanted to keep Awan on her payroll until she saw evidence of a crime or he was formally charged. Awan was arrested at the airport with a ticket to Pakistan. His return flight was not until January 2018. Was Wasserman-Schultz aware of his trip? Did she give her approval? Was Debbie Wasserman-Schultz really going to keep paying an employee based in Pakistan?
You can read the full interview here.
On Thursday evening, Carla Spalding said Wasserman-Schultz should resign her seat. Wasserman-Schultz's Democrat opponent Tim Canova has previously called on DWS to resign.