Mar 17, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Former Rep. Duncan Hunter sentenced to 11 months in prison

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Former California GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter was sentenced on Tuesday by a federal judge to 11 months in prison for stealing and misspending campaign funds, AP reports.

The state of play: Hunter also received three years of supervised probation. His attorney had requested home confinement for his client, citing his prior service as a Marine.

Hunter resigned from his congressional post earlier this year after pleading guilty to the charges. Hunter changed his original not guilty plea six months after his wife, Margaret Hunter, pleaded guilty to the couple's co-indictment on federal corruption charges and agreed to testify against him.

The big picture: The congressman and his wife were indicted on more than 60 charges concerning allegations they used $250,000 in campaign money for personal expenses and for falsifying campaign finance records.

Go deeper: GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter submits letter of resignation

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FEC commissioner recommends voting by mail to safeguard against coronavirus

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Americans should vote in the 2020 general election by mail if physically going to the polls remains unsafe due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Ellen Weintraub, commissioner of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), said in a statement on Thursday.

What she's saying: "No one knows what the coronavirus situation will be when America votes this November. The U.S. government has the duty to prepare for the worst. And it can. But only if it acts now."

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Inside Trump's virtual 2020 campaign

Screenshot of a virtual campaign broadcast.

The Trump campaign is now doing online broadcasts seven nights a week — filling a void in physical events and field organizing due to the coronavirus.

Why it matters: So far, these online broadcasts, which have not yet featured the president, have regularly gotten more than 1 million views across all social platforms, according to the campaign.

Trump says he's "strongly considering" pardon for Michael Flynn

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President Trump tweeted Sunday that he is "strongly considering" a full pardon for his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who has had his sentencing postponed repeatedly over the last two years.

Why it matters: Flynn was the first Trump associate to be convicted or plead guilty in the Mueller investigation. The Justice Department recently appointed an outside prosecutor to review Flynn's case, a move that has triggered suspicions of political interference.