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Reports: Feds Start Probe Of Disgraced Congressman Aaron Schock

Alex Pappas Political Reporter

Aaron Schock — who resigned from Congress this week because of questions about how he spent taxpayer money as a lawmaker — may have bigger problems now.

News outlets are reporting that the FBI is investigating the spending practices of the Illinois Republican while in Congress.

USA Today reported Friday that a “source familiar with the probe says federal investigators are looking into the Illinois Republican’s use of official and campaign resources. The source, who was not authorized to comment publicly on the matter, said a grand jury is expected to convene in Illinois in early April to review the case.”

Schock’s troubles began last month after it was revealed he had spent thousands to redecorate his office in the style of the Downtown Abbey television series. Since then, there have been a number of other stories questioning how he has spent both campaign and taxpayer money.

On Tuesday, Schock announced his resignation.

“The constant questions over the last six weeks have proven a great distraction that has made it too difficult for me to serve the people of the 18th District with the high standards that they deserve and which I have set for myself,” he said in a statement. “I have always sought to do what’s best for my constituents and I thank them for the opportunity to serve.”

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