“Totally not gay”Aaron Schock, the former Republican pin-up boy representative from Illinois whose taste for first-class travel and a “Downton Abbey”-themed office design led to questions about his judgment and adherence to spending rules, was indicted on Thursday by a federal grand jury on 24 counts, including wire fraud and theft of government funds.
The indictment came after his lawyer, George J. Terwilliger, said in a statement that the charges were expected and described them as a “misuse” of prosecutorial power by the Justice Department.
Mr. Schock, who resigned his House seat in 2015 amid a government inquiry, said in the statement, “I intend to not only prove these allegations false, but in the process, expose this investigation for what it was.”
He added: “Neither I nor anyone else intentionally did anything wrong. As I have said before, we might have made errors among a few of the thousands and thousands of financial transactions we conducted, but they were honest mistakes — no one intended to break any law.”
chock, now 35, resigned in March 2015 amid questions about his financial practices, including accusations of spending tens of thousands of dollars from taxpayer-funded accounts on office renovations, using taxpayer and campaign funds on private jets and concerts and failing to report extravagant gifts on his annual financial disclosure forms as required by House ethics rules.
The other charges includes false statements, filing false federal income tax returns, falsification of Federal Election Commission filings and mail fraud.
The statement from his lawyer said that Mr. Schock had never “seen ‘Downton Abbey’ and did not request an office designed like it.”