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Pear Shaped

Didn’t Debbie Wasserman die? Or at least go away?

When a computer expert who worked for congressional Democrats was accused of stealing computers and data systems in February, members of Congress cut him loose within days, leaving Imran Awan with no supporters five months later.

Except for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

The Weston Democrat has not explained in detail why she continued to employ Awan until Tuesday when she fired him — after he was arrested on bank-fraud charges at Dulles International Airport in Virginia attempting to board a flight to Pakistan.

And she has not elaborated on what work Awan did for her after he lost access to the House computer network.

She declined to answer questions about Awan in Washington on Wednesday, and her spokesman, David Damron, accompanied her to the House floor while instructing a reporter that Wasserman Schultz would not take questions about her former employee.

So…she didn’t die. Sure sounds like she should have though.

But months after Awan was fired by everyone else, Wasserman Schultz grilled Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa in May over why computer equipment was confiscated from her office as part of the investigation into Awan even though she was not under investigation.

“Under my understanding, the Capitol police are not able to confiscate a member’s equipment when the member is not under investigation,” Wasserman Schultz said. “It is their equipment and it is supposed to be returned.”

Verderosa told Wasserman Schultz that he couldn’t return the equipment without the permission of the investigation.

This is just bizarre. I mean, more bizarre than normal for a member of Congress.

One suspects that perhaps, just perhaps, Awan has something nefarious on Wasserman. Or perhaps Wasserman was actually using Awan as a cat’s-paw. For what? Well, that’s the $63 question, n’est-ce pas? However, knowing Wasserman, it sure wasn’t something totally above-board that has now gone all pear-shaped.

Of course the simplest explanation in this instance may obtain: Wasserman is so out of touch she had/has no idea what Awan was doing.

Pear Shaped