Roll Call: Could Aaron Schock Really End Up in Jail?


But Meredith McGehee of the Campaign Legal Center, said the feds would “really have to show a smoking gun,” such as emails showing a scheme to defraud the public, for Schock to face a criminal prosecution.

Other than having to repay money — Schock has already reimbursed the government $40,000 for office renovations, $1,237 for travel to a Chicago Bears game and tens of thousands in mileage reimbursements — McGehee said the likelihood is low he would face other criminal penalties, such as time behind bars. The widespread misconduct that derailed the prosecution and corruption conviction of the late Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, “diminished greatly” the appetite of the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section for prosecuting such crimes, she said.

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