- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The government wants a chance to argue that former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois should be held in contempt of court for failing to turn over documents.

The Chicago Tribune reports (https://trib.in/1Pqad0x ) that federal prosecutors filed a request Thursday for oral argument before U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough.

Authorities are investigating Shock’s spending and relationships with donors. The 34-year-old Peoria Republican resigned from Congress March 31 after reports about his “Downton Abbey”-style Capitol office redecorating and other spending.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Bass says a public official “cannot seal his official records and withhold them from the prosecuting authorities on a plea of constitutional privilege against self-incrimination.”

Schock’s lawyers have said they are disclosing reams of documents. A hearing on the privacy issue is set for Aug. 28.

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Information from: Chicago Tribune, https://www.chicagotribune.com


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