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Feds Investigate Aaron Schock

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    Friday was the day things went from bad to worse for Congressman Aaron Schock. NBC Chicago's Phil Rogers reports. (Published Friday, March 20, 2015)

    Friday was the day things went from bad to worse for Congressman Aaron Schock.

    The Congressman, already under fire for globe-trotting vacations, documented on Instagram and often billed at taxpayer or campaign expense, abruptly resigned on Tuesday. And on Friday, federal subpoenas began going out, in what would appear to be a wide-ranging investigation of the Peoria Republican’s finances.

    NBC 5 Investigates has learned that even former Schock staffers began receiving subpoenas to appear before a Federal Grand Jury in Springfield in April. And separately, the Federal Election Commission confirms it has received a complaint, asking for an investigation of the congressman’s campaign accounts.

    Schock’s resignation blunted a pending inquiry by the House Ethics Committee, but his upcoming departure does not quell a potential criminal investigation. And a spokesman for the F.E.C. confirmed that enforcement matters there can continue even if a candidate or officeholder is no longer active, since political committees often continue in existence long after an official has left office.

    Rep. Aaron Schock Announces His Resignation

    [CHI] Rep. Aaron Schock Announces His Resignation
    Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock announced his resignation from Congress Tuesday following questions surrounding misuse of funds in his campaign and congressional spending accounts. NBC Chicago's Trina Orlando reports. (Published Tuesday, March 17, 2015)

    Neither the congressman’s spokesman or his attorneys returned calls seeking comment.

    Investigators are reportedly focusing on Schock’s House office expenditures and expenses, his campaign, and personal investments. The FBI would not formally comment on the investsigation. But the agency’s Springfield chief made clear that a probe is underway.

    “Public corruption is one of the FBI’s top criminal priorities,” said Special Agent in Charge Sean Cox. “When there are allegations of public corruption, it is our responsibility to look into those allegations.”

    In resigning Tuesday, Schock cited a “heavy heart”, but that the constant questions about his spending and business dealings had become too much of a distraction. His departure was so sudden, the congressman did not even give the customary (and expected) notice to House leadership. Speaker John Boehner made no effort to rise to his defense.

    Aaron Schock Stars at RNC

    [CHI] Aaron Schock Stars at RNC
    Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern tracked down congressman Aaron Schock at the RNC. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012)

    “If somebody’s going to violate the rules, they’re going to violate the rules,” Boehner said. “And in almost every case, sooner or later, it catches up with you.”