Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) is defending her decision to pay an IT staffer while he was blocked from accessing the House of Representatives computer network because he was under criminal investigation.

Last February, Imran Awan and members of his family were fired from their IT work by numerous House Democrats but Wasserman Schultz kept Awan on her payroll.

Awan was recently arrested by the FBI on bank fraud charges and at that point Wasserman Schultz stopped paying him.

Wasserman Schultz aggressively defended her position to keep paying Awan in an exclusive interview with the Sun Sentinel:

“I believe that I did the right thing, and I would do it again,” Wasserman Schultz said Thursday in an exclusive interview with the Sun Sentinel. “There are times when you can’t be afraid to stand alone, and you have to stand up for what’s right.

The original investigation involves concerns of security breaches and theft of equipment.

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