Updated Dec 2, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Duncan Hunter says he'll plead guilty in corruption case

Duncan Hunter

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Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) told KUSI News on Monday that he will plead guilty on one count of misuse of campaign funds.

The big picture: Hunter's scheduled plea change — first hinted at in documents filed in federal court, per the San Diego Union-Tribune — comes six months after his wife changed her own plea. The couple was indicted in 2018 on allegations that they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds for personal use, including on gas, groceries, lavish dinners and vacations.

  • Hunter was one of the first two Republican members of Congress to endorse then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016. The other was Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), who pleaded guilty to insider trading and resigned from Congress earlier this year.

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