By Corey Mitchell and Kevin Diaz

The civil lawsuit filed by a former Michele Bachmann presidential campaign staffer against the Minnesota Republican is headed to trial next year.

Barbara Heki alleges that senior member of the congresswoman's presidential campaign covered up the theft of a proprietary e-mail list of home-school families.

Scheduled for May 2014, the trial would not bring an end to the legal and ethical problems stemming from Bachmann's 2012 White House bid, which is under investigation by several federal agencies, including the FBI.

Heki, a campaign outreach director, also took her theft allegations to police in Urbandale, Iowa, where the matter remains under investigation.

Heki sought to settle her lawsuit for an undisclosed sum, prompting Bachmann to fly to Iowa this month to meet with Heki's lawyer, Jeff Wright. He declined comment when contacted by the Star Tribune on Wednesday.




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