(AP) – Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has asked a judge to toss the corruption case against him, arguing that authorities misinterpreted the law and overreached.
Lawyers for the Peoria Republican filed the motion to dismiss the case Thursday in a Springfield federal court. Among their other arguments is that the indictment “trespasses on land the Constitution reserves for Congress.”
Prosecutors have denied that investigators overstepped legal lines by recruiting a confidential informant from Schock’s staff as they built their case against him.
Schock pleaded not guilty to mail fraud, theft of government funds and other crimes. He resigned in 2015 amid scrutiny over lavish spending, including to redecorate his Washington office in the style of the TV series “Downton Abbey.”