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FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2015 file photo, then-Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock speaks to reporters in Peoria Ill. Schock, who resigned amid scrutiny of lavish spending, including remodeling his Capitol Hill office in the style of the television series "Downton Abbey" expects to be indicted by a federal grand jury, his defense team said Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.  (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

The FBI used a congressional staffer as a secret informant to investigate his boss


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'...
George Terwilliger, Schock's lawyer

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.

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In this file photo from Friday, April 12, 2013, at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on President Barack Obama's budget, Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., peruses a magazine as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Medicare spending and other health issues, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The publication Schock is reading is Washington Life magazine, described as "Washington DC's premier guide to luxury, power, philanthropy & style." Schock's high-flying lifestyle, combined with questions about expenses decorating his office in the style of the TV show "Downton Abbey," add to awkward perceptions on top of allegations he illegally solicited donations in 2012. The Office of Congressional Ethics said in a 2013 report that there was reason to believe Schock violated House rules by soliciting campaign contributions during a 2012 primary. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite/File)

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. 

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