Roll Call reports:
Facing a mounting legal case against him, Rep. Duncan Hunter has sought to scuttle the charges by alleging a political conspiracy. In a motion to dismiss the case filed Monday, attorneys for the California Republican argue that he was indicted, not because of evidence that he illegally used campaign funds for personal use and falsified campaign reports, but for the crime of endorsing President Donald Trump.
Hunter faces 60 criminal charges including conspiracy, theft of campaign money and wire fraud. He is accused of using campaign funds to pay for vacations, routine household expenses, expensive dinners and Uber rides before trying to cover it up. Hunter’s wife, former campaign manager and co-defendant Margaret Hunter pleaded guilty earlier this month to one count of conspiracy. The move signals that she is cooperating with the prosecution.
On top of the serial affairs with lobbyists and congressional aides, Duncan Hunter was doing whatever this is. pic.twitter.com/EAfiJ95q6i
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) June 25, 2019
The Justice Department filed a notice saying Rep. Duncan Hunter illegally used campaign funds to pay for “intimate” encounters with several women, and prosecutors want a judge’s permission to tell jurors about those romances. pic.twitter.com/Zp6TmA0FRG
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) June 25, 2019
So this latest DoJ file reveals that Duncan Hunter had an affair with at least three different lobbyists, one of his own staff members, and an aide to a member of the GOP leadership team.
— Sam Stein (@samstein) June 25, 2019