The public interest group Judicial Watch says House leadership of both parties and the Justice Department are failing to sufficiently investigate the scandal surrounding an IT staffer who worked for Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Florida).
Judicial Watch, which investigates and prosecutes government corruption, recently participated in a panel discussion between House representatives and experts regarding the Wasserman Schultz/Awan Brothers IT scandal.
A Democratic IT staffer named Imran Awan was arrested this past July on charges of bank fraud. He was employed by Wasserman Shultz and other congressional members. Awan was also a suspect in a cybersecurity investigation, having been banned from congressional networks in February.
In addition, Awan's relatives, as well as government IT employees, are currently being investigated for alleged involvement in defrauding the federal government, as well as compromising sensitive information from congressional servers.
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, tells OneNewsNow that he blames the insufficient investigation of the Wasserman Schultz/IT scandal on the Republican Party for not policing the House.
"It's the Republican majority that is charged with making sure the rules are being followed," Fitton begins. "And it doesn't seem to me like they're doing the work necessary to reassure the American people that they take seriously any potential criminal activity of House staff members, and any potential hiding of that criminal activity by members ...."
Fitton argues the DOJ itself is fearful of conducting investigations into security breaches with a political component. He feels that because of the political nature of what went on in this IT scandal, the DOJ isn't going to push the House.
"We've already seen pushback from Debbie Wasserman Schultz against law enforcement over her office's prerogatives here," states Fitton. "And I fear the Justice Department is going to be fearful of raising these issues with the House for fear of embarrassing the leadership of both parties."
In the panel discussion, Fitton warned that the House, in failing to police itself, has left itself open to being "defrauded by crooks" – and that given the way the rules are right now, this could very well be just the tip of the iceberg.