The FBI seized smashed hard drives from the home of a Democratic House staffer.
Imran Awan, a longtime IT aide of US Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), is under investigation for allegedly stealing equipment and improperly accessing the House IT network, while working in Congress.
Shortly after the case went public,Mr. Awan moved out of his home in Lorton, Virginia and rented it to a couple, one a US Marine Corps Vet and one a US Navy Officer.
The renters said they found “wireless routers, hard drives that look like they tried to destroy, laptops, and a lot of brand new expensive toner.”
They called the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), which coordinated with the FBI and Capitol Police to seize the equipment.
“It was in the garage. They recycled cabinets and lined them along the walls. They left in a huge hurry,” the Marine said. “It looks like government-issued equipment. We turned that stuff over.”
He added Mr. Awan threatened to sue the renters for stealing the hard drives, and seemed desperate to get them back.
“When we first moved in, a mailman came with Certified Mail from the House of Representatives. We were trying to be nice and signed for it. They lost their shit, saying ‘why did you sign for it, this is illegal!’ It was Certified from the Chief Administrative Officer of the House,” the Marine said.
“The postman came a 2nd time with a Certified Letter, and I called Mr. Awan on the spot, asking ‘what do you want me to do.’ He said ‘just send him away, I’m homeless.’ They refused to forward their mail.”
Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz admitted that she violated official information security policy, blaming the Chief Administrative Officer in the House of Representatives for not stopping her.
In a 17 May appropriations hearing on Congress’ administrative budget, the Florida lawmaker said she’d violated data security policies “for years and years and years.”
Police are investigating Ms. Wasserman-Schultz’s information technology aide Imran Awan for theft and funneling congressional data from members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Committee on Homeland Security and Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Ms. Wasserman Schultz, a close friend and ally of Hillary Rodham Clinton, resigned as Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman in July 2016 after hackers stole the DNC’s e-Mails, which Wikileaks later published, lashed out at investigators and failed to fire Mr. Awan after he was banned from the House network.