Former congressman in court on possible contempt charge

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Former Congressman Aaron Schock and his attorneys appeared in Springfield federal court this week for a hearing to determine if he should be held in civil contempt for failing to produce campaign and congressional records.

Exactly what documents were at issue during the hearing held Tuesday and Wednesday was not clear. U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough has ordered Schock to produce the records.

Schock’s lead attorney, George Terwilliger, said attorneys were seeking to secure Schock’s constitutional rights in connection with a grand jury investigation. The Republican from Peoria is under federal investigation over his use of taxpayer and campaign money.

U.S. attorney spokeswoman Sharon Paul says the hearing began as a closed hearing and was later opened by the court. However, the court record is sealed.

Schock stepped down in March amid mounting scrutiny of his spending.