After waiting more than a week to address why she didn’t fire her former IT aide sooner, Wasserman Schultz finally broke her silence.
The aide, Iwran Awani, has charged and arrested by the FBI on a bank fraud charge as he boarded a plane to Pakistan. Awani was in the process of liquidation assets, at the time of the arrest.
Earlier this year, Awani was fired by several other Democratic members of the House, after it was made known to them that he was under federal investigation.
Wasserman Schultz’s congressional office furnished a statement to the press regarding her silence.
“As a mother, a Jew, and a Member of Congress, if there is one thing I know for sure, it’s this: my commitment to doing what’s right and just – even if it isn’t what’s easy and simple – is unyielding … Over time, the investigation raised troubling concerns for me about fair treatment, due process, and potential ethnic and religious profiling. As the representative of Florida’s 23rd Congressional District, one of the most vibrant and diverse districts in the nation, I may not always be the darling of the conservative media, but I will always protect the democratic and pluralistic values that we South Floridians hold so dear, and I will always live up to the oath I took when my constituents first sent me to Washington: to support and defend the Constitution.”
Rep. Wasserman Schultz also conducted and exclusive interview with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper, where she defiantly said that he had no regrets for not firing her former aide sooner.
“I believe that I did the right thing, and I would do it again…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.”