White House wants ‘thorough investigation’ of Democratic House IT matter

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, in 2015.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders today called for a “thorough investigation” of a congressional information technology staffer who worked for U.S. Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Ted Deutch and several other Democrats.

The staffer, Imran Awan, was arrested Monday night on a bank fraud charge as he prepared to leave the country after months of investigation by U.S. Capitol Police involving Awan and at least four other information technology staffers who worked for House Democrats.

Awan pleaded not guilty and his attorneys claim he’s the victim of “a frenzy of anti-Muslim bigotry.”

Sanders was asked at a press briefing today if President Donald Trump had an opinion on the matter.

“I haven’t had a conversation with him specifically about that,” Sanders responded, “but I do think that is something we should fully look into and there should be a thorough investigation.”

Awan was the technology aide for Wasserman Schultz, who resigned as Democratic National Committee chairwoman last year amid controversy triggered by hacking of the DNC’s email system. Awan was a shared employee paid by several House members, including Deutch between 2012 and 2014.

Other House IT staffers under investigation were paid by Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, and former Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter. None of the other staffers has been charged.

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