There is a major scandal involving Democrats and their email.
And it once again involves destroyed evidence.
But now the FBI just made a startling announcement.
Former Democrat National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is once again in hot water because of emails.
She was already forced to resign as National Chairwoman after WikiLeaks released DNC emails that showed she helped rig the primary against Bernie Sanders.
Now she is in the middle of another FBI investigation involving email.
Her former IT aide – Imran Awan – is embroiled in an investigation into whether or not he and his family members committed serious crimes by accessing the House IT network and stealing sensitive equipment as part of their work for Democratic members of Congress.
The Daily Caller reports that Awan and his brothers acted strangely at work, routinely transferred data to an offsite server, and when the criminal probe was announced, they fled:
“Soon after Imran began working for Wasserman Schultz in 2005, his two brothers and two of their wives — plus Abbas and another friend — began appearing as IT staffers on the payrolls of other House Democrats. Collectively, the Awan group has been paid $4 million since 2009.
Fellow IT staffers TheDCNF interviewed said the Awans were often absent from weekly meetings and email exchanges. One of the fellow staffers said some of the computers the Awans managed were being used to transfer data to an off-site server.
Shortly after the criminal probe was revealed in February, Imran abruptly moved out of his longtime home on Hawkshead Drive in Lorton, Va., and listed it for rent on a website that connects landlords with military families.”
When the new tenants moved in they discovered the remains of destroyed computer equipment and recognized it as government issued and quickly called the authorities.
The Daily Caller also reports:
“One of the new tenants — a Marine Corps veteran married to a female Navy Officer — said he found “wireless routers, hard drives that look like they tried to destroy, laptops, [and] a lot of brand new expensive toner.”
The tenants called the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and, not long after, FBI agents arrived together with the Capitol Police to interview them and confiscate the equipment. The Marine spoke on condition of anonymity because of concerns for his wife’s naval career, saying she doesn’t want to be associated with a national security incident.
“It was in the garage. They recycled cabinets and lined them along the walls. They left in a huge hurry,” the Marine said. “It looks like government-issued equipment. We turned that stuff over.”
Awan returned to retrieve the smashed computer equipment, but the Marine who was now living in his former residence refused to let him enter.
This isn’t the only strange aspect of the case.
The Capitol Police are also in possession of a lap top belonging to Awan, but they have not checked what is saved on its hard drive.
Wasserman Schultz is also trying to strong arm law enforcement into only examining portions of the data stored on the hard drive.
The Daily Caller also reports:
“Wasserman Schultz has demanded return of a laptop seized by the Capitol Police because it was purportedly used by Imran and was found hidden in a vacant office. The Florida Democrat used a Capitol Police budget hearing to threaten “consequences” for them if the laptop wasn’t returned.
On Thursday it was reported that police have not examined its contents because of the invocation of the Constitution’s “Speech and Debate clause,” and after months of refusal, her lawyer is now “negotiating” access to the data on yet-to-be-determined terms.”
The lap top could be a crucial piece of evidence in a case where foreign suspects who have alleged ties to terrorism breached sensitive data.
Critics are asking what she is trying to hide.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this story.