The FBI wired a staffer for former Rep. Aaron Schock as it investigated him for alleged misuse of government and campaign funds, Schock's attorney revealed Tuesday in court filings.
The unnamed staffer secretly recorded conversations with Schock and took documents from his office to share with investigators.
Schock was indicted in 2016 on 24 counts tied to misusing government money. His trial is set to begin this summer, but his lawyers say the trial could be tossed.
There is no indication that the government's use of the [informant] produced the 'smoking gun'...
Schock's lawyers argue the FBI's tactics violated the Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights. He resigned from his role in Congress in 2015 after questions were raised regarding his social media posts showing a lavish lifestyle and a $40,000 "Downton Abbey"-style office redecoration, ultimately leading to fraud charges.
The informant allegedly provided more than 10,000 pages of emails, staff records and financial documents, including credit card receipts. Schock insists he is innocent and the case is merely a smear campaign.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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