Debbie Wasserman Schultz Defends Paying IT Aide After Firing By Congress

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz defended her decision pay her IT aide for six months after he was fired by Congress and banned from the network of the House of Representatives.

“I believe that I did the right thing, and I would do it again,” the Florida Democrat told The Sun-Sentinel on Thursday. “There are times when you can’t be afraid to stand alone, and you have to stand up for what’s right.

“It would have been easier for me to just fire him.”

Wasserman Schultz, who resigned last year as head of the Democratic National Committee in the WikiLeaks email debacle, fired the aide, Imran Awan, 37, last week after he was arrested on bank fraud charges at Dulles International Airport while trying to leave the United States.

She has come under widespread attack by Republicans and watchdog groups, who charge that Awan’s arrest indicated that far more was going



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