Schock Reacts to Federal Charges Being Dropped, Considers Another Political Run

Friday March 8, 2019

Aaron Schock took to Instagram this week to react to the news that he struck a deal with federal prosecutors to have corruption charges against him dropped. He also made comments elsewhere that he may return to politics.

On Instagram, the disgraced Illinois Republican shared photos and screenshots of articles covering news that he intends to pay nearly $68,000 in taxes and to campaign committees in exchange for prosecutors to dismissing his felony corruption case.

"Some people live their whole lives not knowing who their true friends are - I got to find out at 33 years old," Schock captioned the post. "I am thankful for this. I hope this vindication is as sweet for them as it is for me. A special thank you to my attorney George Terwilliger and his team at McGuire Woods who have become good friends through this process.

"They never wavered in their belief in my innocence and fought tirelessly for the cause of justice," he added. "...I have been strengthened emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually through this process. I am choosing to focus on what I've learned and how I'm a better person because of it. There is always someone in the world who is having a worse day than you. Don't let it define you. Smile. Persevere. Carpé Diem."

Schock resigned from Congress in 2016 after a scandal erupted about his spending habits while in office, which included redecorating his office in the style of the "Downton Abbey" TV show. In 2016, he was indicted on 22 counts, including wire fraud and falsification of election commission filings.

He admitted in court that he bought Super Bowl and World Series tickets at face value and sold them for a profit of more than $42,000.

Speaking with CBS News, Schock said he isn't ruling out a return to politics.

"I have been trying to survive the last four years. When you go toe-to-toe with the federal government, they have an unlimited budget and most Americans don't," he said. "It's come at significant cost to me financially and professionally and now that this is behind me, I'm looking forward to pursuing opportunities in the private sector. I'll always have a heart to serve, that doesn't mean I have to run for office. There are other ways to serve your community."

He added: "At 37 years old, I don't think I'll ever say never."

Schock also said that he's still a Republican.

"I'm not running for office right now but I would identify more as a Republican than a Democrat," he told CBS News. "But I suppose if you looked at my voting record in Congress they'd think I was a moderate. It's all relative, right? I also thought Republicans were for free trade. Things change with the times."

"As much as I haven't enjoyed the beating," Schock added. "I have enjoyed being out of politics the last four years."

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