The U.S. Department of Justice is reassigning U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock’s case to a different prosecution team outside of the central Illinois area.
According to court documents filed Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Springfield stated “The Department of Justice is in the process of reassigning the prosecution of this matter to a different prosecution team outside of the Central District of Illinois.”
Prosecutors are requesting for the court hearing, which was originally scheduled for Friday, to be pushed back for at least 30 days.
“This case should have been over before it began; nonetheless, we welcome the opportunity new prosecutors will now have to evaluate the matter,” Schock’s attorney George J. Terwilliger, III said in a statement.
The former 18th Congressional District congressman was indicted in November 2016 for wire fraud, mail fraud, theft of government funds, filing a false tax return, making false statements and falsification of federal election commission filings.
Schock resigned in 2015 following a government inquiry regarding his spending.
The court file notes that it will take time for attorneys from the new prosecution team to become familiar with facts of the case, charges and the procedural history in order to appropriately respond to the pending motions and determining any new motions.
U.S. District Judge Colin Bruce was removed from the case just weeks ago after it was revealed he had been talking with someone from the U.S. Attorney’s office while another trial was in progress.