An ethics watchdog group is pushing for a congressional probe into Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz after she continued to employ a staffer for months after he became the focus of a criminal investigation.
The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), a conservative accountability group, is requesting the Office of Congressional Ethics launch an investigation into an "apparent breach" of House rules for continuing to employ IT staffer Imran Awan, even after he was blocked from accessing the House IT system earlier this year.
Awan was fired last week following a bank fraud arrest while attempting to leave the U.S. for Pakistan. But FACT says Awan has been the center of an investigation for months involving an equipment and data scam.
FACT claims there’s no way Awan could have performed IT duties for Wasserman Schultz over the past six months, despite staying on the Florida Democrat’s payroll.
Both Awan’s lawyer and Wasserman Schultz have previously questioned whether Awan was being targeted because he is Muslim.
Until his firing last week, Awan worked for Wasserman Schultz since 2005.