Another staffer for ex-Rep. Aaron Schock has been served with a grand jury subpoena to testify as part of the investigation into the Illinois Republican’s spending.
Shea Ledford formally notified Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, of the subpoena Monday afternoon as the House gaveled into its pro forma session. According to the Legistorm database, Ledford has served as a “district special assistant” since April 2014. Ledford joins four other colleagues who have been called to testify in front of a grand jury in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois. As current House employees, they must abide by the House rule that stipulates they formally notify the speaker if served with a subpoena.
The grand jury investigation follows Schock’s resignation from Congress after weeks of reports that he improperly spent his official funds. A campaign donor has also filed a class action lawsuit against the Illinois Republican, alleging Schock knowingly misled donors by touting himself as an ethical candidate.
Allegations that Schock exorbitantly spent official funds also triggered a review of House regulations for congressional spending, led by House Administration Committee members Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., both former congressional staffers.
“Representatives Davis and Lofgren are in the initial stages of a comprehensive review of the regulations governing use and requirements of the Members’ Representational Allowance (MRA),” House Administration Committee Chairwoman Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., and ranking member Robert A. Brady, D-Pa., said in an April 17 statement. “They intend to engage with many stakeholders to examine the exhaustive list of House procedures, requirements, and duties each Member is obligated to act in accordance with. Upon completion, they look forward to taking steps to ensure every office is provided with the education and resources they need to clearly understand all House Rules governing the MRA.”
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