Democrat Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz was named one of the top five ethic violators of this year by a nonpartisan ethics watchdog.
Schultz was named the second-worst violator of this year by the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) for her continued employment of Imran Awan, a House IT aide after he was accused of stealing computers and data systems in February.
Imran Awan was fired by Schultz on July 25 after his arrest at Dulles International Airport for several bank fraud charges while he was trying to escape to Pakistan.
The watchdog group called for an ethics investigation into Schultz. This is their statement:
Wasserman Schultz refused to remove Awan from House Payroll and compensated Awan with taxpayer funds for several months – even though he was barred from the house computer system which would prevent him from performing any reasonable IT work. In fact, Wasserman Schultz only fired Awan after he was arrested on bank fraud charges attempting to flee the country the morning of July 25, 2017.
Wasserman Schultz is in clear violation of House ethics rules as members are directly responsible for ensuring their staff are only paid for official public work.
The Free Beacon reported that:
In August, Schultz defended her continued payment of Awan, saying she fired him when he was arrested. The lawmaker had expressed concern that Awan, a Pakistani-born Muslim was being targeted because of his religion and ethnicity. Schultz is the former chair of Democratic National Committee. She stepped down under pressure in 2016 after hacked emails revealed she and other party leaders showed favoritism for Hillary Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I, Vt.) in the Democratic primary fight.
Aside from Schultz, the other four top ethics offenders of this year according to FACT were the Congressmen who committed sexual harassment assaults with taxpayer money.
h/t Free Beacon