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Wed Mar 6, 2019, 03:03 PM

Ex-congressman Aaron Schock strikes deal to avert prosecution

Source: Washington Post

By Matt Zapotosky March 6 at 1:25 PM

Federal prosecutors finalized a deal Wednesday that would undo the criminal charges against a former congressman from Illinois accused of misspending campaign and government money for his personal benefit — as long as he pays back taxes and reimburses his campaign.

Aaron Schock, 37 — who became famous because his Capitol Hill office was decorated in the style of the TV show “Downton Abbey” and his six-pack abs once landed him on the cover of Men’s Health magazine — conceded as part of the deferred prosecution agreement that he had done some wrong, and he agreed to pay taxes he skipped and reimburse his campaign committees nearly $68,000.

But the case that once threatened to put Schock in prison almost certainly will end without him being convicted — marking a stunning reversal for the government. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss all the charges against Schock, provided that he holds up his end of their bargain, and his campaign committee agreed to plead guilty to violating the record-keeping provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act and pay a $26,500 fine.

In a statement, Schock said the outcome “validates this case should have never been started in the first place.”

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Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/ex-congressman-aaron-schock-strikes-deal-to-avert-prosecution/2019/03/06/085d664e-3f9d-11e9-9361-301ffb5bd5e6_story.html

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Eugene Mar 2019 OP
atreides1 Mar 2019 #1
stuffmatters Mar 2019 #10
Perseus Mar 2019 #2
PeeJ52 Mar 2019 #3
PoliticAverse Mar 2019 #4
dalton99a Mar 2019 #5
SunSeeker Mar 2019 #6
PoliticAverse Mar 2019 #7
sandensea Mar 2019 #8
rurallib Mar 2019 #9
RandiFan1290 Mar 2019 #11

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 03:05 PM

1. I smell a rat

And that rat's name is William Barr....Trump's personal attorney in the DOJ!!!!

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Response to atreides1 (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 06:01 AM

10. I agree & Congresscreep Duncan Hunter,Jr probably breathing easier w now AG Barr also.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 03:17 PM

2. "validates this case should have never been started in the first place."

WHAT???? You are pleading guilty and you come up with that statement????

WTF? What is wrong people? The worst of it is that if he runs he may still win...

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
~~ Albert Einstein

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 03:19 PM

3. Can't we have any justice if this country? Do the rich always get off?

 

This man violated the public trust. It doesn't get any worse than this. All he has to do is pay back the money he got "caught" stealing and pay a $26,500 fine? Shameful...

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 03:23 PM

4. Rec'd for exposure. n/t

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 03:26 PM

5. Nice.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 03:27 PM

6. Wow. So if a bank robber pays back the bank, he doesn't go to jail?

And he gets to mouth off that he shoulda never been arrested?

Wow. Just wow.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #6)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 03:29 PM

7. If they're rich and powerful and have a good attorney...

they only have to pay it back when caught.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 03:30 PM

8. And it didn't involve performing sexual favors for some smelly old Republican?

How lucky for him.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 06:25 PM

9. Remember that old saying "Crime Never Pays"

after all these years I have finally figured out that it is a sarcastic saying.

Sure crime pays. Bug crime pays big.
Ask Shock. Ask Trump.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 06:22 AM

11. A republicon, of course

How kind of them to bury that DEEP in the article.

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