Wasserman Schultz IT aide arrested trying to leave the country

Imran Awan, an IT aide to Debbie Wasserman Schultz was arrested last night at Dulles airport while trying to leave the country. Fox News’ Chad Pergram announced the news on Twitter Tuesday afternoon:

As I wrote back in March, Awan was fired by Rep. Marcia Fudge and Awan’s wife, Hina Alvi, was fired by Rep. Gregory Meeks as an investigation into a procurement scandal involving his family ground ahead. But Rep. Wasserman Schultz never fired Awan and, according to Pergram, he was still on the payroll until he was arrested:

James Rosen reports that Awan was fired by Wasserman Schultz today:

This story has taken several odd turns. In May Rep. Wasserman Schultz used her position on a House subcommittee to berate and make a threat against the Chief of the Capitol Hill police. Wasserman Schultz was demanding the return of a laptop discovered hidden in the Rayburn office building. Police seized it believing it could be relevant to their investigation into Awan but as you can see in this clip, Wasserman Schultz seemed very eager to have it returned. When the police chief didn’t agree with her she told him, “you should expect that there will be consequences.”


As Ed pointed out yesterday, Rep. Wasserman Schultz is now negotiating with Capitol Police over the search of her laptop. Ed also wrote about the most recent development in the case (prior to the arrest). The FBI has collected smashed hard drives that Awan left behind at a house in Virginia. Given the arrest, it seems likely we’ll hear more detail about the case soon.