United States congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who sits on the committee that determines the budget for the U.S. Capitol Police, used that forum to directly threaten Chief Matthew R. Verderosa with “consequences” for not handing over evidence to her that is being used in the investigation into one of her staff members.
The subject of the investigation is Imran Awan, a Pakistani staffer who is suspected of transmitting sensitive congressional data to outside entities.
The piece of evidence that Wasserman Schultz is requesting be turned over to her is a laptop computer belonging to Awan that was hidden in the Longworth House Office Building, according to the Daily Caller.
What Wasserman Schultz is so terrified the Capitol Police may discover on the computer is still a mystery. What isn’t a mystery is that while sitting on the committee that determines the the chief’s budget, she aggressively threatened him in a manner that unapologetically is attempting to interfere with a criminal investigation.
“My understanding is that the Capitol Police is not able to confiscate Members’ equipment when the Member is not under investigation,” Wasserman Schultz said – ignoring the fact that it wasn’t her laptop.
“We can’t return the equipment,” Police Chief Matthew R. Verderosa replied to Wasserman Schultz
“I think you’re violating the rules when you conduct your business that way and you should expect that there will be consequences,” Wasserman Schultz threatened.
As one of eight members of the Committee on Appropriations’ Legislative Branch subcommittee, Wasserman Schultz is in charge of the budget of the police force that is investigating her staffer and how he managed to extract so much money and information from members, according to the Daily Caller.
The Daily Caller is also reporting that the investigation is also looking into how Awan got three of his relatives and a friend ‘no-show’ positions working for DNC members that paid them $4 million since 2010.