Duncan Hunter, US congressman, blames wife over $250,000 campaign fraud scandal

Aug 27, 2018, 06:09
Duncan Hunter, US congressman, blames wife over $250,000 campaign fraud scandal

The pair entered not guilty pleas in a San Diego federal court on Thursday, the San Diego Union Tribune reported.

Prosecutors said bond could be set low because the Hunters are living paycheck to paycheck.

A federal grand jury in California has indicted United States representative Duncan Hunter and his wife on corruption charges.

The highly detailed indictment by a grand jury in San Diego alleged that the Hunters used campaign accounts to pay for their children's private school tuition, lavish travel including a trip to Italy and restaurant meals that frequently cost hundreds of dollars.

In Hunter, he's taking on a widely known Iraq war veteran who coasted through the June primary in the most Republican district in Southern California with a 30-point, first-place finish after serving five terms.

Hunter was first elected in 2008, after serving three combat tours in the US Marine Corps.

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In an interview with The Associated Press in San Diego, Campa-Najjar said he was hopeful of breaking the Hunter family's almost 40-year hold on the district. "This is the Democrats' arm-of-law enforcement", he added.

Hunter will face off against Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar in November, a race that may prove hard for the Republican incumbent to win as the case will not be settled by then.

She suggested that he "buy the shorts at a golf pro shop so that they could falsely describe the purchase later as 'some (golf) balls for the wounded warriors, "' the indictment said.

On Thursday evening, Fox News host Martha MacCallum asked Hunter, "Are you saying it's more her fault than your fault?"

U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California said Wednesday that he's not anxious about a federal indictment alleging he used campaign money on vacations and other personal expenses and is "excited" to go to trial. Hunter is a member of the House Armed Services, Education, and Transportation committees.

Hunter laid out the defense for himself, calling the allegations and timing on the indictment "pure politics", pointing fingers at the Department of Justice.

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Hunter (right) also said that his wife, Margaret (center) handled most of the family expenses and was the campaigner manager.

The congressman is said to have spent $1,000 on a "personal ski trip" to Lake Tahoe with another unnamed person.

"But I want to say thank you for his service to our country, for fighting the wars that we wage overseas so someone like me could even have the luxury to stand here and fight the ones we have at home", said Campa-Najjar.

The California Secretary of State's Office said there is no process in the elections code for Hunter to remove his name from the ballot, and there can be no write-in candidates for the November election. "They've had a year and a half to do this".

They were indicted earlier in the week and accused of spending the money on luxuries including a $14,000 Italian vacation, dentist bills - and even a plane ticket for their pet rabbit.

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