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Feds Threaten Former Rep. Aaron Schock With Contempt of Court

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By    |   Friday, 21 Aug 2015 06:09 PM

Former Rep. Aaron Schock could be held in contempt of court for refusing to provide some of his congressional records to a grand jury investigating the exorbitant spending habits that forced him to resign his House seat earlier this year.

According to Politico, Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Bass called for a hearing on holding Schock in contempt of court. Schock and his legal team claim his congressional records, like other lawmakers', can remain private. Schock, who represented Illinois' 18th district from 2009-2015, has also tried to use the Fifth Amendment to allow his records to remain in his possession.

Bass isn't buying it, and he wants Schock to fork over whatever materials are requested of him.

"No court has recognized that a public official (specifically a U.S. Representative) has a constitutional right under the Fifth Amendment to avoid the compelled production of publicly-funded, non-private, public or official records within his official (specifically his official congressional) office," Bass wrote, according to Politico. Bass later requested a hearing "as soon as practicable."

In the court filing, Bass wrote that Schock has been requested to provide "non-private, non-personal, official Congressional and campaign records created as part of Schock's official duties and reflecting the expenditure of public and campaign funds."

Schock came under fire earlier this year regarding discrepancies in his campaign finances. The FBI launched an investigation in March, and Schock resigned at the end of the month.

Among the violations Schock is alleged to have committed is accepting improper gifts and using campaign funds for chartered jets during personal trips. He also spent $40,000 on an office makeover that modeled his Capitol Hill office after the "Downton Abbey" TV show, money he has since paid back.

Schock's spending habits have forced House leaders to reconsider the rules of how members submit expenses for reimbursement.

In June, more than a dozen federal agents showed up at Schock's campaign office and hauled away boxes, equipment, and at least one computer for the investigation.

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Former Rep. Aaron Schock could be held in contempt of court for refusing to provide some of his congressional records to a grand jury investigating the exorbitant spending habits that forced him to resign his House seat earlier this year.
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