California Rep. Duncan Hunter will change his plea to responsible in a federal marketing campaign finance violation case, the San Diego Republican introduced Monday, saying he is ready to serve time behind bars.
Hunter and his spouse have been first arrested in August 2018, accused of utilizing his marketing campaign funds as a private checking account, spending greater than $250,000 on household holidays, theater tickets, and meals for household and pals. The couple initially pleaded not responsible, and Hunter blamed the misuse of funds on his spouse, who had served as his marketing campaign supervisor.
Among the many allegations by federal prosecutors was that Hunter used marketing campaign cash to cowl date nights, holidays, and bar tabs of 5 women he was having affairs with. The ladies have been recognized as lobbyists and a member of his employees, however attorneys for Hunter mentioned there was a political goal to the spending. Hunter was merely „mixing enterprise with pleasure,“ his attorneys argued.
However in June, Margaret Hunter agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and altered her plea to responsible. On Tuesday, the consultant will do the identical, in response to a federal courtroom docket printed Monday.
In an interview with San Diego TV station KUSI, he mentioned he needed to spare his three youngsters a public trial, which had been scheduled to start in January.
„It might be actually powerful for them,“ he mentioned. „It is arduous sufficient being the youngsters of a public determine.“
Hunter informed KUSI he deliberate to plead responsible to at least one depend of misusing marketing campaign funds and he was ready to be sentenced to jail.
„No matter my time in custody is, I’ll take that hit,“ he mentioned. „My solely hope is that the decide doesn’t sentence my spouse to jail. My youngsters want a mother within the house.“
After being indicted, Hunter went on to win reelection within the district he has represented since 2009. It was beforehand represented by his father, additionally named Duncan Hunter, for 3 many years.
A marketing campaign web site for the youthful Hunter remained energetic on Monday, however he informed KUSI that he and his employees have been getting ready for his service in Congress to finish.
„We will go it off to whoever takes this seat subsequent, and we’ll make it possible for’s a seamless transition,“ he mentioned.
Twelve candidates have registered to run for the seat in 2020, together with former Republican member of Congress Darrell Issa and Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar, who secured 48% of the vote in 2018 regardless of an anti-Muslim campaign towards him by Hunter.