Former congressman Steve Stockman, who faces trial on allegations he participated in a corrupt fundraising scheme, wants all but one of the charges against him dropped.
The Clear Lake Republican, who is free on bond, is scheduled to appear Tuesday before Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal. His lawyers are expected to argue that prosecutors should remove charges of mail and wire fraud, making excessive contributions, making false statements and conspiracy to make contributions and false statements.
Stockman has not raised any questions about the charge that he filed a false return.
A former aide, Jason T. Posey, 46, pleaded guilty to wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering in an October hearing before Rosenthal. Another former aide, Thomas Dodd, pleaded guilty in March to two related conspiracy charges, and, like Posey, agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.
Stockman represented the 9th congressional district from 1995 to 96 and the newly-created 36th district from 2013 to 2014.
Prosecutors allege that Stockman masterminded a scheme to collect $1.2 million from three U.S.-based foundations and individuals, laundering and misspending most of that money, spying on an unnamed opponent, accepting illegal campaign contributions, funneling money through bogus bank accounts and businesses and failing to pay taxes on his ill-gotten gains. The boondoggle included trips to try to "secure millions of dollars from African countries and companies operating" in Africa, according to the allegations.
Stockman claims he is innocent and has said he is a victim of a so-called "deep state" conspiracy.
Gabrielle Banks covers federal justice for the Houston Chronicle. You can send her tips anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter....Read more