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Opinion: We need a full-scale investigation into Wasserman Schultz IT aide matter

FILE - In this May 24, 2017, file photo, House Budget Committee member Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. questions Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Capitol Hill in Washington during the committee's hearing on President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 federal budget. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Computer safety.

We protect our most important digital information with passwords and other security measures.

We expect that our members of Congress, and those who work for them, would take protecting the sensitive information of the American people as seriously.

Let me explain.

Imran Awan had been an IT staffer for 10 years, working for various House Democrats, including former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida. He was arrested last month on bank fraud charges as he was attempting to leave the country to go to Pakistan. However, his troubles started much earlier.

According to a March Politico report, Awan was among a group of people who were suspected of stealing equipment and committing violations of the House IT network.

As a result, all but Awan were fired by the other House Democrats when reports of wrongdoing initially surfaced. For some reason, Wasserman Schultz kept him on her payroll until his arrest in late July.

She suggested in a written statement the whole incident is a result of ethnic or religious bias. That is a weak excuse. Bias did not make Awan wire $165,000 to Pakistan.

Some Republican lawmakers are now justifiably calling for a congressional investigation into the scope of Awan’s access to members' computer systems.

"We don’t know what they did, we don’t know if they got information that could be used to blackmail. I mean, was there information on their computers? We need to know," Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said in an interview.

I completely agree. These are important questions to get answered. Also – why did Wasserman Schultz not fire Awan back in the spring?

The bottom line is this - sensitive information cannot be taken lightly; it is a matter of national security. We need to know if IT security was breached, we need to have complete cooperation from all sides, including that of Wasserman Schultz, for an in-depth investigation into the Awan matter.

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