Defense team: Ex-Rep. Aaron Schock is being indicted

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WASHINGTON  — Aaron Schock’s defense team says it’s been told that the former Illinois congressman is being indicted by a federal grand jury.

Schock’s attorney, George Terwilliger, calls the expected charges a “misuse” of prosecutorial power by the Justice Department.

Federal prosecutors in Illinois were expected to announce charges later Thursday.

Schock, a 35-year-old Republican from Peoria, had been under investigation after a spending scandal that included the elaborate remodeling of his Capitol Hill office in the style of the television series “Downton Abbey.” He resigned last year from the House of Representatives.

In a statement obtained by The Associated Press, Schock says he never intentionally did anything wrong and that he’s eager to defend his name and reputation.

He says his case shows that “our government cannot be trusted.”