Lawyers for former Republican Illinois Representative Aaron Schock (aka, the Marie Antoinette of Congress) are asking for charges against him to be dropped. Why? Because of prosecutorial misconduct from federal investigators. There are a variety of grounds listed. Highlights include pressing witnesses about Schock’s sexuality, whom he slept with and if he’s gay.
The anti-gay but probably gay congressman had resigned amid charges he defrauded the government for trips with his “male companion” and other questionable ethics.
After 19 months of being “poked, prodded, and probed” by the FBI, the feds arraigned Schock on 24 felony corruptions charges. Included were “nine counts of wire fraud, five of falsification of election commission filings, six of filing false federal income tax returns, two of making false statements and one each of mail fraud and theft of government funds.”
Now, his defense is asking for the judge to drop the charges because his sexual orientation has been called into question.
“The government has investigated nearly every facet of Mr. Schock’s professional, political and personal life. This even includes his sex life. It is no secret that there has long been speculative gossip in the media about Mr. Schock’s sexual orientation.
“For no apparent reason, the government has felt itself compelled to investigate this too. Indeed, from the very inception of this investigation, the government has discussed with witnesses whether Mr. Schock is gay, whether he really ‘dated’ his ex-girlfriend (a highly accomplished diplomat and attorney) and whether he spent the night or shared hotel rooms with her.
The paper continues: “The government’s inquiries into Mr. Schock’s sexuality and romantic relationships were not just distasteful and offensive. They were prejudicial.”
Schock’s attorneys are trying to say his sexuality is completely irrelevant to the case, however that’s not true. The former congressman was accused of hiring Jonathon Link as his “personal photographer” and bringing him on a work trip to India. So the status of their relationship — whether it was platonic, professional or sexual — is important to the case.
We’re guessing the latter. In that case… remind us to add “personal photographer” to the “Looking For” section on our Hornet profiles.
Just to be clear as to why there are so many assumptions about Shock’s sexuality, Dan Avery lists all the reasons:
While he was in Congress, inquiring minds wondered if Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) was gay: He favored flamboyant outfits, worked on his fitness relentlessly and was spotted at the West Hollywood Halloween parade and outside a gay bathhouse in Tampa. (To say nothing of the Downton Abbey-inspired makeover he gave his congressional offices.)
Schock’s trial before a federal court judge is scheduled for January 2018. We’re curious what he’ll be wearing. Probably not this: