Former Democratic National Committee chairman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) refuses to respond to allegations she tried to shut down an investigation into former Democratic IT aides.
What’s the background?
As the Daily Caller News Foundation has reported, House investigators believe a handful of Democratic IT aides made “unauthorized access” to congressional servers in 2016, accessing data of members of Congress they did not work for and even logging in as members of Congress.
The findings were revealed this year in a presentation from the House’s Office of the Inspector General following a four-month internal investigation.
When Wasserman Schultz learned of investigator’s conclusions, she became "frantic, not normal,” and made “rounds” to House officials to kill the investigation, according to the Daily Caller News Foundation.
She even cornered House chief administrative officer Phil Kiko, calling him a “f***ing Islamophobe” and saying "you will not so much as take away their parking spots,” sources told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
The aides accused of wrongdoing are Pakistani, which must have spurred Wasserman Schultz's "Islamophobe" comment.
However, Dan Weiser, communications director for the House CAO, refuted the Daily Caller's reporting, and provided TheBlaze with the following statement from Kiko:
At no point was I threatened or accused of any prejudice, whatsoever, by any individual over the CAO's corrective actions in response to the activities of five shared employees subject to a pending investigation. Any assertion that I was called an "Islamophobe" is false. Furthermore, I was never informed of any "land deal" involving any of the individuals under investigation as falsely reported.
What is Wasserman Schultz doing now?
On Friday, she was confronted by a reporter from the Daily Caller News Foundation over allegations she tried to kill the investigation, in addition to her alleged comments to Kiko.
Instead of answering for herself, Wasserman Schultz let silence speak volumes.
Editor's note:: This story was updated to add a statement from the House CAO's communication's department.