The San Diego Union-Tribune reports:
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, admitted his guilt Tuesday in a yearslong campaign-finance scandal and now awaits his sentence. The U.S. Marine veteran all but ended his political career during a brief hearing, admitting to a single count of conspiracy to convert campaign funds to personal use. When asked how he now pleaded, he said, “Guilty.”
Hunter faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced March 17, but he is likely to receive much less time behind bars. Outside the courthouse, federal prosecutors said they opened their case after reading about Hunter’s campaign spending in a story in The San Diego Union-Tribune, and they specifically named reporter Morgan Cook.
You GO Morgan Cook.
Hunter, 42, changed his not guilty plea in federal court in San Diego Tuesday. He had denied wrong doing for more than a year. He claimed he was the victim of a political witch hunt by federal prosecutors.
Prosecutors say he and his wife misspent more than $250,000 in campaign money. Margaret Hunter pleaded guilty earlier this year and had agreed to testify against her husband.
Hunter told KUSI television in San Diego he decided to change his plea because a trial would be rough on his children. He is the second Republican congressman to plead guilty to federal charges this year.
Duncan Hunter: “I made mistakes. And that’s what today was all about.”
Person holds a “Trump Next!” sign behind Hunter. pic.twitter.com/vlvp0yRQJi
— The Hill (@thehill) December 3, 2019
Exchange I just had asking Rep. Hunter if he will resign. His dad, former congressman Duncan Hunter senior, says the meeting with house GOP leadership on that comes next week pic.twitter.com/QmfaM7e3vh
— Jonathan Horn (@10NewsHorn) December 3, 2019
“I made mistakes.”
— #NBC7 San Diego (@nbcsandiego) December 3, 2019