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Margaret Hunter, the wife of Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), filed Wednesday a notice to change her not-guilty plea over the couple's co-indictment on federal corruption charges.

Why it matters: The fact his wife's now expected to plead guilty in a San Diego court on Thursday is a blow for Hunter, who's maintained his innocence ever since the couple was indicted in August. However, his attorney told KPBS his wife's appearance doesn't change anything regarding the congressman's situation.

There are still significant motions that need to be litigated, specifically the speech or debate clause of the U.S. Constitution."
— Rep. Hunter's attorney Gregory Vega's statement to KPBS

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

  • Rep. Hunter was reelected in November elections.

Go deeper: Read the indictment against GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife

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The House Judiciary Committee on Monday released the transcript of its closed-door interview with Geoffrey Berman, the former top federal prosecutor in Manhattan who was forced out by Attorney General Bill Barr last month.

Why it matters: House Democrats have seized on Berman's testimony, in which he claimed the attorney general sought to "entice" him into resigning so that he could be replaced by SEC chairman Jay Clayton, to bolster allegations that the Justice Department has been politicized under Barr.