Congressman Duncan Hunter and wife charged with campaign finance violations

California congressman Duncan Hunter and wife charged with corruption

California congressman Duncan Hunter and wife charged with corruption

Hunter's wife - who was paid $116,000 by his campaign between 2010 and 2017 and given access to campaign funds as a consultant - dismissed campaign finance rules as "silly" when pressed by the campaign treasurer on her spending, according to the indictment'.

Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan announced after the charges were filed that he was stripping the congressman of his committee assignments.

The couple allegedly spent about $15,000 for a family holiday to Italy, where Mr Hunter tried unsuccessfully to tour a USA naval base there in order to justify the trip. The younger Hunter has been handily re-elected each time in a district where Republicans have a 15-point registration advantage over Democrats.

"We're excited about going to trial with this, frankly", Hunter told KGTV in San Diego.

He referred to an outside audit that he said he commissioned a year ago and resulted in his paying back more than $60,000. Trump signaling "green light" for corruption GOP lawmaker accused of misusing campaign funds: My wife handled the money The Hill's Morning Report: Trump's allies turn against him MORE (Calif.), this week after he blamed his wife for their indictment on alleged misuse of campaign funds.

"The congressman was pressed about a specific accusation: "that he wanted to buy a pair of shorts during a Hawaii vacation but didn't have the money, so his wife told him to buy the clothing at a golf shop and describe the purchase later as "[golf] balls for the wounded warriors".

Nick Kriticos, a retired salesman from El Cajon who has volunteered for the Campa-Najjar campaign, said he doesn't see Democrats flipping the district, even with Hunter's legal trouble.

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Chris Wilmot, 47, a Republican and longtime Hunter supporter, said he was rethinking the race. "They want to rig the election their own way because they can't beat me in a real election", he said.

"I don't remember that but I would never do that", Hunter said.

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News. He got in and removed a "Lock me up!" sign shoved onto the windshield as he was driven away.

"She was also the campaign manager". "They overdrew their bank account more than 1,100 times in a seven-year period resulting in approximately $37,761 in "overdraft" and "insufficient funds" bank fees".

'My opponents have to go back three generations to attack me.

"The Hunters concealed and disguised the personal nature of their family's purchases of video games using campaign funds by falsely claiming to a financial institution that the payments were fraudulent charges and then reporting the purchases to the FEC and the public as fraudulent charges", the indictment said.

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