Secrets revealed?

Witnesses in Aaron Schock’s case asked about his gay sex life and whether his ex-girlfriend was a beard

Disgraced former congressman Aaron Schock’s lawyers are clapping back after accusing federal prosecutors of asking witnesses “distasteful, offensive,” and “prejudicial” questions about every part of Schock’s life, including whether he’s gay and if his ex-girlfriend was fake.

“The government has investigated nearly every facet of Mr. Schock’s professional, political, and personal life,” his lawyers allege in a recent court filing. “This even includes his sex life.”

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The filing goes on to say that it’s “no secret” Shock’s sexual orientation has “long been speculative gossip,” but bringing it up in court is not appropriate or relevant to the case.

“The government has discussed with witnesses whether Mr. Schock is gay, whether he really ‘dated’ his ex-girlfriend (a highly accomplished diplomat and attorney), and whether he spent the night or shared hotel rooms with her,” Shock’s lawyers say.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

Schock’s lawyers make the point that Schock’s sex life — whether gay or straight — is not germane and out of legal bounds, arguing investigators crossed a line with the “government’s inappropriate, irrelevant, and highly prejudicial questioning of witnesses about Mr. Schock’s sexual orientation and romantic relationships.”

Moreover, “The government’s apparent obsession with Mr. Schock’s sexuality and whether he “dated” Karla Gonzalez was fueled from the very first conversation with the government’s confidential informant,” Schock’s defense team argued.

Gay rumors have followed the 36-year-old former congressman for years and seem to stem from a 2010 photograph of him wearing a pink checkered shirt, white pants, and a turquoise belt.

Schock is scheduled to stand trial before a federal court judge in January 2018. He is accused of misusing political and government funds to pay for cars, mileage reimbursements, interior decorating expenses, a chartered flight to a Bears game, Katy Perry concert tickets, and sports tickets he resold for profit, among other things.

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The 24-count indictment also accuses Schock of filing false tax returns and creating fake invoices and false statements to cover up his alleged fraud scheme. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years behind bars.