Indicted Former US House Rep. Aaron Schock Claims Staffer Acted As Secret Informant For The Feds

The Associated Press reports:

Attorneys for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock say a staffer secretly provided the government with a trove of confidential documents in violation of Schock’s protection from unreasonable search and seizure.

The lawyers write in Tuesday court filings that the government went too far when it transformed the staffer into an informant and required him to wear a wire to secretly record conversations. They say he provided thousands of legislative emails, staff rosters, and other documents from Schock’s Illinois district office.

It’s unclear exactly how the information from the staffer shaped prosecutors’ corruption allegations against Schock, whose travel and office expenses drew the attention of the Justice Department. Schock was indicted in 2016 after resigning.

More from CNN:

Schock alleges in Tuesday’s court filings that the day after he announced his resignation from Congress in March 2015, government agents made a beeline to his office in Peoria, Illinois, and enlisted a “fairly junior staffer,” who worked as an office manager, to act as a confidential informant for the FBI against the congressman.

“The government met with their new CI almost daily to provide instructions, receive documents or other items the (informant) seized, discuss ‘scenarios,’ equip him with the recording device, and debrief him after completion of a monitoring and recording session,” according to a court filing.

Not only did the informant allegedly wear a hidden device to record conversations with Schock and other staff members, but Schock’s attorneys claim that federal agents directed the informant to “insert himself” in conversations that were protected by the attorney-client privilege, as the particular staff members involved were represented by counsel at the time, and the informant “purport(ed) to be represented by the same attorney as counsel for other staff members.”

  • Mark

    In light of the shit gibbon and his privatizing for profit – they need to just let this die off. His expenditures are a drop in the bucket…..

    • olandp

      He still broke the law and deserves to be in prison.

      • Mark

        I doubt he will see any prison time. Hell, if Flynn can walk away from it all…..

        • olandp

          It ain’t over yet.

    • kareemachan

      Breaking the law is such a pffft thing for you, I guess…

      • Mark

        Schlock is a schmuck – that’s for sure. …..and you kind of missed the snark and irony….

  • Charlie 2001

    You didn’t mention that Schock is totally not gay.

    • McSwagg

      That is such a Schocking revelation!!!

    • Gerry Fisher

      Never crossed my mind. More than three times.

  • popebuck1

    Translation: His staffer ratted him out and cooperated with the Feds, and he’s FURIOUS at getting caught. And by an “underling,” no less.

    • DaddyRay

      Exactly – just like Trump with the leakers in the WH

      • Todd20036

        Why would people who pee on Trump rat him out?

        • DaddyRay

          I pee what you did there

          • kareemachan

            Urine deep trouble for that pun.

        • grada3784

          Because Trump would just get so pissed.

      • Gerry Fisher

        Blaming the leakers is just *all* the rage! /s

    • zhera

      Also, it sounds personal. Did Aaron have lust in his loins for this staff(er)?

      • Todd20036

        Could be. We need photos.

        • When I sez whoa, I means WHOA!

          So does Aaron.

      • stanhope

        More like war of the bottoms

        • TuuxKabin

          A race to the bottom.

      • Robincho

        Well, the staffer WAS told to “insert himself”…

        • McSwagg

          Perhaps the staffer was his “personal photographer” seeing as he seems to “insert himself” into all those photos.

    • grada3784

      The staffer is a bottom?

      • stanhope

        Gurl pleez, miss aaron is THE bottom! LOL. Chris Christie used a pic of his hole when figuring out how to best shut down the highway.

  • Rex

    “Insert himself” in conversations.
    Any change he wanted to insert himself in anything else?

  • John Ruff

    Fake news!

  • olandp

    Those were public records, and once you resigned that was not your office or your staff.

  • Leo

    Clandestine operations Aaron. You of all people should be familiar.

    Your “photographer” Jonathan Link ring any bells?

    • Daveed_WOW

      I’d convict them both just for that douchey pose. And those long cuffs. What’s up with that?

      • Todd20036

        Never was big on suit jackets and jeans.

      • lattebud

        My theory… He showed up in jeans and they quickly had to find a shirt, tie and coat for him. So, a quick run to TJ Maxx and they found the shirt and tie. The coat was in the lost and found and the event facility or they borrowed it from an audience member for the pic.

        • canoebum

          Definitely straight out of Aaron’s ample closet.

          “That’s what you’re wearing?”
          “It’s all I have. I told you I didn’t want to go to this stupid thing.”
          “Here, put this on and let’s get in the car.”

      • Gustav2

        Off the rack sport coat. The seams may be fused making impossible to lengthen the sleeves. Even when the garment is not fused instead of sewed, It is difficult to lengthen the sleeves as would be needed to fit the photographer, the original crease is sometimes still evident.

        That is if the photographer knows the sleeves should be lengthened. He has both buttons buttoned on that cut, so I suspect he doesn’t.

        • Daveed_WOW

          That’s the gayest answer. Thank you!

          • Gustav2

            You can take the 1970’s retail queen out of retail, but you can’t…

        • The Milkman

          Exactly this.

        • Rob NYNY

          People who wear fancy cufflinks sometimes also wear coat sleeves short to show the cufflinks to better advantage. Not as common in America as elsewhere, but not necessarily a faux pas.

          • Daveed_WOW

            But the jacket is also too short. And the toes too pointed.

        • Halloween_Jack

          That’s totally a “my boyfriend made me dress up for a social occasion but I’m not really putting any effort into it because that’s not what he keeps me around for anyway” outfit.

      • olandp

        The jacket is obviously too small, he needs a long.

        • Gustav2

          He may have borrowed it from Schock’s closet.

          • stuckinthewoods

            Makes sense. The jacket looks like it’s for a smaller man. Someone was sent to Schock’s closet to find something “twee” and simply misunderstood.

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        And who are all those brown shirts in the background?

        • JCF

          Presumably military. Marines?

          • Johnny Wyeknot

            Marine Glee Club?

      • Acronym Jim

        Aaron should be convicted for appropriating one of Wonder Woman’s bracelets. That could seriously damage her brand.

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    • barrixines

      I am sure his photographer saved Schock many hours squatting over an I-phone.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      I see he fashions his tie after Trump.

    • popebuck1

      Obviously he was picking up cash on the side by modeling for the Sears catalog.

    • I know Aaron is not a very nice person and politician, but how can you not like that camp facial expression of his, and the way he is subconsciously pointing his index finger down in a phallic position. It is so obvious he wants to be schtupped by the hunky photographer.

      • TuuxKabin

        Where’s the photographer you describe?

      • canoebum

        Are you sure he’s not just focusing attention on his fabulous Italian shoes?

        • BobSF_94117

          I was wondering if it was some sort of new alt-right hand signal, but I think you’re right. It’s all about the shoes. As it should be…

    • JCF

      “You put your left leg in, you put your left leg (and absolutely NOTHING more!) out”

  • OUTinMinnesota

    Leakers! Fake News! Sad!

    There’s already one show using that plot…. don’t need another.

    • Kieron

      Unfortunately it seems to be in wide syndication and in endless reruns.

  • rextrek1

    if you weren’t doing anything wrong – you’d have NO problem now would you?! now, what about that report of you and and another guy in the shower together…..

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Waiting for the hidden camera footage on that one. I checked porn hub but it’s not there yet.

  • easygoingmister

    Still with this one? How long does it take to pinch the head off a piss ant?

    • Todd20036

      We are working on Trump. It takes a while.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    That is so cool! I’ve always wanted to wear a wire and get my boss in trouble.

    • Gene

      Its not as much fun as it sounds.

      I will just leave that…at that.

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        Actually, I know what you mean. I was involved with a group at work who did a little whistle blowing on a former boss who actually did get fired. It was hellish. I had to testify at the hearing about the whole thing.

  • lymis

    First, I absolutely agree that this sort of thing should be investigated and cracked down on. What I’m about to say in no way should be taken to imply that I think the corruption of people like Schock should be ignored.

    But at the same time, it sure seems like the same people who can get things like this done aren’t doing their damn jobs when it comes to major corruption and what is increasingly looking like treason among the bigger fish.

    Let’s see this kind of dedication to detail higher up the food chain as well, please.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      I suspect it is happening.

    • kareemachan

      “But” We know what that means.

    • John30013

      I think it’s precisely because they “can’t” (read “won’t”) take on higher-level corruption that they focus on cases like Schock’s: they get to claim they’re being “tough” on corruption without having to actually tackle the most important and damaging forms of it.

    • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

      I really don’t know what he’s so upset about. He’ll end up in a Club Fed for a few years, gym all day, social rooms with other white collars who gym all day…it will be paradise for him

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  • hdtex

    Oh you poor poor victimized little totally heterosexual victim. Your judgement is as poor as your taste in decor….

    • stuckinthewoods

      Lovely Downlow Abbey decor.

    • John30013

      *LOVE* the photoshopped-in beefcake 🙂

    • How did you get those photos in the frames? That is not really what Aaron had on the walls is it? LOL

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  • edrex

    he was always my least favorite cast member on “Glee.”

  • A shame the Russkies did not try to entice hotsie Aaron with any of the really handsome Russian male “models” Moscow is known for and make some blackmail movies while he was Congressman. We could have ended up with some incredibly good gay porn! How about Aaron does Ivan Gudkov?

  • Barry William Teske

    “to provide instructions, receive documents or other items the (informant) seized, discuss ‘scenarios,’ equip him with the recording device, and debrief him after completion of a monitoring and recording session,”.

    Admits and details the evidence against himself.
    Not the brightest.

  • TampaZeke

    Shouldn’t that headline read, “Totes NOT Gay, Indicted, Former US Rep Aaron Schock…”

  • Ninja0980

    If you hadn’t been a corrupt asshole, you wouldn’t have had to worry about your staffer doing that to you would you?

  • i have to confess, i feel a little sorry for Aaron. he’s so stupid. he was obviously somebody’s boyfriend, some power player who wanted a hottie in office. his family is a very sorry one, hypocrites and donors for evil, and he’s.. well, what he is. which is basically a whore. i endorse sex work and think it should be legal, and he’s a perfect example of why. if sex work were legal, he never would’ve risen as high has he did. or rather, he would’ve been a very well compensated twink on the circuit that rewards boys like him. that’s all he ever wanted to do; putting him in office was a mistake and everyone knew it since day one. his Daddy was the only one who thought otherwise.

  • TJay229

    Where is his boyfriend, oops I misspelled “personal photographer”.

    I have Z E R O sympathy for him. He came for Barack Obama one to many times. May he rot in jail.

    • He voted against every single LGBT rights bill that came up for a vote during his time in office also.

      • TJay229

        Well, yeah… That too.

  • Mike Knife

    Staffer Acted As Secret Informant For The Feds, so what’s new.

  • Talisman

    Page 1 of the Republican playbook: blame someone else.

    • Ben in Oakland

      That’s also page two through 973.

  • Ben in Oakland

    So what if I was totally guilty!!! You weren’t supposed to find out!!!!there’s the REAL crime here!

  • TexasBoy

    I still wouldn’t kick him out of bed, but I’d hate myself in the morning.

    • rusty57

      TexasBoy, don’t hate yourself in the morning.
      Make sure HE hates himself in the morning.

  • boobert

    So guilt doesn’t matter , it’s the way you get caught ! That’s why they wont let Yates testify on trump !

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    He could have had a reasonably successful career in porn, but he insisted on going into politics. Sad. Buy my daughter’s clothes.

    • Canadian Observer

      I wish I could award you extra upvotes for inventive and original invective. “Buy my daughter’s clothes”, priceless.

  • baruchzed

    Wha wha wha…grow up Aaron, and take responsibility for your actions.

  • fkevin

    What will Jeff Sessions do?

  • Robert Conner

    He thinks anyone needed “a secret informant”? Well, that’s just precious.

  • JCF
  • Vinny DeFeo

    So, just like someone else we know, the real problem is the leaks, not the crime.