Republican Trump ally in Congress indicted

Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife, Margaret Hunter, were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of using $250,000 worth of campaign funds for personal use, as well as filing false reports to the Federal Election Commission.

Hunter, a Republican from California who was the second member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump for president in 2016, is accused of using campaign finances inappropriately several times between 2009 and 2016.

Those campaign funds were allegedly used for family vacations to locations such as Hawaii and Italy, as well as more mundane expenses such as dental work and school tuition.

The Justice Department also charges the Hunters for using tens of thousands of dollars for smaller expenses such as fast food and video games.

The 47 page Indictment is here.

Hunter and his wife entered — and exited — the federal courthouse separately on Thursday.

Hunter’s father, Duncan L. Hunter, held the same congressional seat as his son for 28 years and had a short-lived bid for president in 2008.

The Republican congressman appears to be pinning blame on the 43-year-old mother of three, although the indictment seems to show the majority of illegal spending was done by both Hunters, with the largest chunk being the $116,000 paid to Margaret Hunter as her husband’s campaign manager or consultant.

For expenses attributed to Margaret or Duncan Hunter individually, hers totaled more than four times as much as his.

The 60-count indictment accuses the couple of illegally using a quarter of a million dollars in campaign money to fund their lavish lifestyles and filing false campaign finance records with the Federal Election Commission to cover it up.

They pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, falsification of records and aiding and abetting in the prohibited use of campaign contributions.

 


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