Resigning Rep. Aaron Schock under investigation by Justice: source

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A person familiar with the case tells The Associated Press that the Justice Department is formally investigating whether Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois, who has submitted his resignation, committed crimes with his office expenditures and business dealings.

The government is convening a federal grand jury in Springfield, Illinois, this source says, and the FBI has started issuing subpoenas to compel people close to the Republican congressman to testify. The source spoke only on grounds of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to publicly discuss the case.

Pat Collins, former U.S. Attorney said “Every one of those reports if it was not a trip he took for government related purpose is a potential part of a fraud scheme.”

“If in fact there is some of that going on the government would a want to get those reports, talk to people like his driver or other people around his campaign, get his campaign calendar governmental calendars.”

Schock abruptly resigned earlier this week following a monthlong cascade of revelations about his business deals and lavish spending on everything from overseas travel to office decor in the style of "Downton Abbey."

In the next two days, Governor Rauner must announce when this special election will take place.


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