Steve Stockman has blamed a “deep state” conspiracy for his arrest and insisted that he was being targeted for criticizing the IRS.
Former Congressman Steve Stockman of Texas was a Tea Party leader, known for his bomb-throwing posts on social media.
Now, he has been arrested for allegedly violating federal election law. And because his name isn’t “Hillary Clinton,” it looks like federal law enforcement is willing to enforce the law.
As Click2Houston reports:
Steve Stockman, who served two stints in the U.S. House of Representatives, spent part of Friday in federal court.
Stockman, a Tea Party favorite who courted controversy thorough two congressional terms, was brought into court Thursday shackled and handcuffed.
He is accused of conspiring to violate federal election laws during his last term in office. It’s a felony that could send him to federal prison if he’s convicted.
As Stockman stood before the judge Thursday afternoon, prosecutors alleged that the former Congressman had conspired with two former employees to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars to his personal use.
According to the complaint, in 2011 Stockman set up a non-profit called Life Without Limits in Las Vegas. A single contributor donated $350,000 to the charity, which Stockman then allegedly funneled back to himself through donations made by his employees.
Stockman was in Congress from 1995 to 1997, and again from 2011 to 2013. He failed to defeat establishment Republican Senator John Cornyn during the 2014 Republican primary.
The scheme allegedly helped Stockman receive $15,000, and he faces 5 years in federal prison.
But considering how limited this supposed corruption is, why haven’t there been charges filed against Hillary Clinton? There’s clearly a double standard for Republicans.
#TheBible on History amazingly accurate. God turns Lot’s wife into a pillar of salt. Bloomberg sues God for violating the city’s sodium ban
— Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) March 4, 2013
Gas is getting so expensive Obama now has to carpool to drive the economy into the ground.
— Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) February 22, 2013
Antiques Roadshow is coming to town. I’m bringing the last budget passed by Senate Democrats.
— Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) February 19, 2013
If leaving a light on for an hour will destroy the Earth, how many species are dying from all these self-satisified #EarthHour tweets?
— Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) March 23, 2013
Liberals love diversity. That’s why they to punish anyone who doesn’t think, act, eat, drink, drive and speak exactly like them.
— Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) March 28, 2013
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