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California Republican Duncan Hunter Will Resign From Congress

Close to 2018’s midterm elections, two prominent Republicans were caught up in legal trouble. Both Duncan Hunter, who represents California’s 50th District and Chris Collins, who formerly represented New York’s 27th District, were still able to win their elections. Collins pleaded guilty to insider trading in September of 2019 and resigned from his congressional seat the next day.

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Hunter has also recently announced his intention to plead guilty to one charge of misusing campaign funds. Initially, the lawmaker didn’t seem likely to resign from his congressional seat. On Friday, Hunter changed his tune and said that he will be resigning following the holidays.

The San Diego-based congressman had allegedly used the campaign funds to finance a number of affairs. He said of his plea change, “I’m going to change my plea to guilty. I think it’s important not to have a public trial for three reasons, and those three reasons are my kids.”

On Friday, Hunter talked about his plan to leave congress. “Shortly after the Holidays, I will resign from Congress,” he said. “It has been an honor to serve the people of California’s 50th District, and I greatly appreciate the trust they have put in me over these last 11 years.”

Hunter also said that he hopes that his wife, who was also implicated in the scheme, would be shown mercy. He continued, “Whatever my time in custody is, I will take that hit. My only hope is that the judge does not sentence my wife to jail. I think my kids need a mom in the home.”