House Democrats have been riddled with scandal this past year.

One of their own IT tech support persons was suspected of hacking the network and selling valuable information to foreign parties.

Yet a trial for Awan has not happened yet, and an ex-Hillary lawyer is to thank for the delay.

The defendant’s attorney, an ex-Hillary Clinton aide, said he is seeking to block prosecutors from using evidence in the trial key to the case—including a laptop from Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is at the heart of the scandal.

The Daily Caller reported:

Imran Awan, his wife, his two brothers Abid and Jamal, and a friend all worked as IT aides for dozens of Democratic members of Congress. Shortly after WikiLeaks published the Democratic National Committee’s emails and during the lead up to the 2016 election, investigators discovered indications that they were using a server “for nefarious purposes” and “could be reading and/or removing information,” according to a briefing.

They were banned from the House network in February 2017, but Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat from Florida, refused to fire Awan. Late one night in March, he left the backpack in a phone booth in a different House building than the one she occupies.

According to Capitol Hill Police, the backpack found contained a Pakistani ID card with the name Muhammad Ashraf Awan, a copy of Imran Awan’s license, a copy of his congressional ID, an Apple laptop believed to belong to Debbie Wasserman Schultz, composition notebooks and letters pertaining to the U.S. attorney.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz previously threatened Capitol Police members from searching the backpack, stating it was a “member’s laptop.”

She also hired an outside lawyer to further prevent investigation into the laptop.

Now Awan’s lawyers are the ones blocking the “hard drive” from being viewed.

The Daily Caller reported:

“The government has been in discussions with counsel for the defendants regarding complex discovery issues and other legal issues in this case, in particular issues surrounding claims of attorney-client privilege being raised by defendant Imran Awan,” court papers filed Tuesday say.

“Last night, counsel for both defendants indicated that they need additional time to review and analyze these issues, along with the voluminous discovery the government provided in this case,” according to the documents. “The government consents to this request.”

Chris Gowen, Awan’s attorney, said at the last hearing: “We do expect there being an attorney-client privilege issue in this case… What occurred is a backpack from my client was found, he was trying to get a better signal, there was a note that said attorney client privilege and a hard drive. We feel very strongly about this.”

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