Mike Huckabee, August 1, 2017

The tale of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Congressional Democrats’ runaway IT guy just keeps getting weirder.

Pakistani-born Imran Awan was arrested by the FBI last week as he was allegedly trying to flee the US, where he’s under investigation for bank fraud. He had reportedly wired over $280,000 to Pakistan, and his wife had $12,000 cash hidden in her suitcase. He and his family had been on the Congressional payroll, taking care of multiple House Democrats’ computers, and had been paid over $4 million since 2009, a staggering sum compared to what Republicans pay for such part time contract work.

The Awans had access to Democratic Congress members’ devices and could have also accessed classified and private files, creating opportunities for espionage and extortion. Several House IT workers told the Daily Caller that they were baffled by the Democrats’ inexplicable loyalty to the Awans and suspected they were being blackmailed. Most did drop them after the criminal investigation was announced in February, but strangely enough, Rep. Wasserman Schultz not only refused to fire Awan and his wife, she seemed prepared to keep paying him even after he went to Pakistan and couldn’t possibly be performing any IT services for her. She only cut him off after he was arrested. And then there was that angry outburst at the Capitol Police, where she threatened “consequences” if her laptop wasn’t returned, presumably without anyone looking at what was on it.

House Republicans are demanding an explanation and a watchdog group called the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) has filed an ethics complaint against Wasserman Schultz. Raising suspicions even higher, the mainstream media are desperately trying to avoid covering the story and a lawyer for the DNC accused anyone who asks questions of Islamophobia for attacking a hardworking Muslim immigrant family. They must have been awfully hardworking: Awan managed to get himself, his wife, his brother, his brother’s wife and his youngest brother all on staff at fat salaries, with the youngest, 20-year-old brother Jamal, pulling down $160,000 a year of your tax money. That’s four times the typical Congressional staff salary.

It’s not yet clear what’s going on here, but if it’s true that “where there’s smokescreen, there’s fire,” then something’s burning in the House of Representatives.