In an op-ed published last night in the New York Post, Paul Sperry, the author of Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington, laid out in detail the threat that disgraced Democrat Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz poses to national security.
Computer security at the DNC was so lax on Wasserman Schultz’s watch that hackers burrowed deep into the network, leading to a massive data breach. They were thwarted, in contrast, when they tried to infiltrate Schultz’s Republican counterparts.
When the FBI tried to investigate the cyber-crime, Wasserman Schultz refused to fully cooperate. She wouldn’t let forensic experts at the FBI’s lab in Quantico examine the targeted server and collect the digital fingerprints needed to nail the intruders.
Now we discover that Wasserman Schultz couldn’t really give a rip about cyber-security in Congress, either.
After the Capitol Police this year began investigating her trusted staffer, Imran Awan, for theft of congressional data and procurement fraud, Politico reported, every Democrat who had contracted with him eventually fired him. Everyone, that is, except Wasserman Schultz.
It wasn’t until last month, when the FBI arrested Awan for bank fraud, that the Democratic leader finally sacked him. The FBI says Awan bilked the Congressional Federal Credit Union out of $165,000, which he immediately wrapped into a $283,000 wire transfer to Pakistan. Agents collared him as he was boarding a flight for Pakistan.
In an interview with her local paper, Wasserman Schultz revealed she kept Awan around to do other IT work even after authorities suspended his access to the Capitol computer network. Worse, she said she continued to employ him to work on printers, Web sites and software despite learning he transferred sensitive congressional data outside the secure network to an unauthorized offsite storage location.
Sperry rejected Wasserman Schultz’s “claims that she defended Awan to the bitter end, because he’s Muslim and she didn’t want to see him demonized in an Islamophobic witch hunt.” Sperry responded by saying: “But that excuse doesn’t cut ice. Awan exhibited a pattern of shady behavior over the course of his employment. Yet instead of questioning him, she covered for him — and endangered the security of Congress’ computer networks in the process.”
Wasserman Schultz was forced to resign from her position as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee in July 2016 after it was revealed that she had conspired to sabotage the campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders.
Immediately after her resignation, Wasserman Schultz was given a position in Hillary Clinton’s ultimately-failed campaign for President.
A week ago, as discussed here in The Gateway Pundit, Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) called on the Trump White House to freeze the assets of Awan amid reports that Schultz may be subject to criminal investigation over her curious ties to the Pakistani IT staffer.
Numerous people are questioning why exactly Congresswoman Schultz has exhibited such dedicated loyalty to the IT staffer when others did not.
Last Friday, Rush Limbaugh noted that: “[I]t reads like there was something else going on between these two other than just a work relationship. That’s the way I’ll put this. ‘Cause this doesn’t make any sense, holding onto this guy knowing full well what he did, ’cause these flimsy excuses here that she is offering really don’t hold any water.”
“Diamond” (aka Lynnette Hardaway), of the vocally-pro-Trump biological-sister duo “Diamond and Silk,” questioned the nature of the relationship between Schultz and Awan last week on this writer’s podcast Backlash. She asked: “Was she dating this guy?”
Right before that, “Diamond” had said: “But what I don’t understand is: Why isn’t the media talking about that? You know, you wake up, all you’re hearing about is the ‘Russia, Russia, Russia’ stuff. But why aren’t they talking about the DNC, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and this guy.”
Regarding what voters in her district should do about Wasserman Schultz’s corruption, Sperry, in the op-ed wrote: “Many voters rejected Hillary Clinton because they thought she couldn’t be trusted with national secrets after her reckless handling of sensitive State Department e-mails. Florida voters ought to dispatch Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz for the same reason. … Such negligence should not be rewarded with another term in office.”
Wasserman Schultz is expected to be challenged again in November 2018 by Republican Joe Kaufman, who ran against her in 2014 and 2016 as well. Kaufman cut the margin by which he lost to Wasserman Schultz in th heavily Democratic 23rd Congressional District of Florida from 25.4% in 2014 to 15.8% in 2016.
Kaufman, while on Backlash last week, made reference to Wasserman’s threats of “consequences” to the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police for holding IT equipment as evidence that she claimed belonged to her. Kaufman said: “Debbie Wasserman Schultz should be arrested for trying to inhibit the police from investigating Awan and his brothers … that’s exactly what she was doing.”