Wasserman Schultz kept paying aide suspected of stealing House computers | 10 governors slam Obamacare ‘skinny repeal’

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has not given a detailed explanation about why she continued to employ a former aide until she fired him on Tuesday — after he was arrested on bank-fraud charges while attempting to board a flight to Pakistan.

McClatchy reports computer expert Imran Awan, who worked for congressional Democrats, was accused of stealing computers and data systems in February. Members of Congress cut him loose within days, McClatchy writes, leaving him with no supporters — except Wasserman Schultz — five months later. In a statement on Wednesday night, the Florida Democrat said that after details of an investigation were reviewed with her office, it “was provided no evidence to indicate that laws had been broken, which over time, raised troubling concerns about due process, fair treatment and potential ethnic and religious profiling.” After learning of his arrest, Awan was terminated, she said. McClatchy said it couldn’t reach Anwan for comment.

Governors bash ‘skinny repeal’: A group of 10 governors, including 5 Republicans, is urging the Senate to reject the so-called “skinny repeal” of Obamacare. Senate Republicans are discussing that option, which would repeal Obamacare’s individual and employer mandates as well as a tax on medical devices, after two other health bills failed. CBS News cites a letter from the 10 governors, which reads: “the Senate should also reject efforts to amend the bill into a ‘skinny repeal,’ which is expected to accelerate health plans leaving the individual market, increase premiums, and result in fewer Americans having access to coverage.”

Read: Republican senators win further support for Senate GOP’s ‘skinny repeal’ of Obamacare.

More uninsured under bill: Democrats announced late Wednesday that a preliminary Congressional Budget Office estimate of a skinny repeal bill found that 16 million people would lose insurance coverage if it is enacted. The Washington Post has more.

Pence raises $1 million: CNN reports Vice President Mike Pence raised $1 million for his leadership PAC on Tuesday night. A source close to Pence said the event attracted more than 100 lawmakers, including members of House and Senate leadership. Pence is the first sitting vice president to create his own leadership PAC, which allows him to raise money for congressional candidates and the re-election of President Donald Trump.


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