Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose office
equipment U.S. Capitol Police seized in a criminal investigation into
congressional network security violations, admitted she violates
official information security policy and blamed the House’s chief
administrative officer for not stopping her.
In a May 17 appropriations hearing on Congress’ administrative
budget, Wasserman Shultz said she had violated the policies “for years
and years and years.” She also sought to find out how much House
authorities might know about her internet usage, asking “Are members
Don't worry, gets even better.
Yet Wasserman Schultz lashed out at investigators and changed Awan’s
title to “adviser” instead of firing him after House authorities banned
him from the network. She resigned as Democratic National Committee
(DNC) Chairman in July 2016 after unidentified hackers accessed the
DNC’s emails, which Wikileaks later published.
“I’m asking you how have you communicated with members of Congress
about the use of outside applications and whether or not their usage of
outside applications is compliant with the posted policy?”
Ramsey replied that his office communicates IT policy by notifying
the IT aides working for congressional committees and individual
“When the policy came out, ma’am, we had sent some targeted
communications out to the various IT systems administrators that service
… the members,” Ramsey said.
The implication was that Awan withheld relevant information from his
boss, causing her to violate policies. But instead of anger at a
staffer’s failing, Wasserman Schultz attacked the notion of House
authorities communicating about technology issues through members’
relevant staffers, calling it “just lobbing e-mail into a tech person’s
And some of the background comes out: "I want us to be able to control such investigations." Gee, wonder why...
In the same May 17 hearing, Wasserman Schultz lamented that members didn’t have the maximum ability to exert pressure on the chief of the Capitol Police because he reports to an independent board. Not all of that board’s members report to the House Committee on Appropriations’ legislative subcommittee, of which she is one of eight members.
“We have had jurisdictional issues and a challenging time conducting oversight because of the structure of the Capitol Police Board and there — there being a (inaudible) line rather than a direct line to us in terms of being able to hold the board accountable,” she said.
Maybe there's not a direct line because they don't want asshats like you controlling things?
All this makes you wonder just what they had on her, or what they were paying her.
The unusual exchange may have been a setup to the congresswoman’s actions the next day at a hearing on the Capitol Police’s budget. After raising the specter of cutting its budget, she spent three minutes repeatedly demanding the return of a laptop that the chief explained is important to proving a criminal cybersecurity case. Nonetheless, she angrily insisted that it be turned over to her, saying there will be “consequences” if he does not relinquish the evidence.
“She uses her position on this subcommittee to threaten the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police,” Tim Canova, who ran against her in the Democratic primary for the House seat, wrote on a Facebook post. On the post, he demanded Wasseman Shultz “recuse herself from the House Committee on Appropriations’ Legislative Branch Subcommittee on any matter dealing with the Capitol Police budget.”