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Former Bush Official Charged With Contempt Of Congress In Geeks On Call Case

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From 2004 through 2008, Bloch led the Office of Special Counsel, which is charged with protecting federal whistleblowers and making sure that federal employees do not engage in partisan political activity.

He was under investigation for allegedly retaliating against employees and dismissing legitimate whistleblower cases when the Geeks on Call incident occurred. The FBI raided his home and office in 2008.

Bloch has maintained he called the tech service to try to kill a computer virus. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Jenny Thalheimer Rosenberg, a spokeswoman for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said: "The Committee vigorously defends its constitutional role to conduct investigations. We applaud the Justice Department for pursuing this case."

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Washington tells us that an arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon before Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson. Read the full court filing here.

TPMmuckraker reported last year that Bloch was granted a law license in Washington while he was under investigation for obstruction of justice after an oversight by a DC court.