AP Source: Rep. Schock Under Federal Investigation

March 20, 2015
Congressman Aaron Schock in Peoria on February 6th.

U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock of Peoria spoke to reporters in February before meetings with constituents after multiple scandals emerged.

(AP File Photo/Seth Perlman)

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.  

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.'' 

Story source: AP