Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife Margaret were indicted this week on claims that they stole more than $250,000 in campaign funds and used the money for personal purchases.
The couple allegedly attempted to claim that the money was going to charitable efforts, including veterans’ charities. In reality, the couple was spending money on expensive clothes, vacations to Italy, and even airfare for their family’s pet bunny.
Hunter told KGTV in San Diego this week that he was “excited” about going to trial. “This is modern politics and modern media mixed in with law enforcement that has a political agenda. That’s the new Department of Justice.”
“This is the Democrats’ arm of law enforcement, that’s what’s happening right now. It’s happening with [President] Trump, it’s happening with me,” he added.
Hunter fails to note that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego is led by a Trump appointee, who was confirmed to the post by Republican Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Now, Duncan is attempting a new approach, blaming his wife for the massive campaign finance fraud.
“She was also the campaign manager, so whatever she did that’ll be looked at too, I’m sure,” the California Republican told Fox News.
“But I didn’t do it,” Hunter said. “I didn’t spend any money illegally.”
Hunter works and lives with his wife which makes it unlikely that a court of law will accept that he didn’t realize his family was living well beyond their means while using campaign finances to fuel their lavish lifestyle.
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