REP. HUNTER’S WIFE TO CHANGE PLEA TO GUILTY IN CORRUPTION CASE

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Story and photo by Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Rep. Duncan D. Hunter and his wife, Margaret, in 2014

June 12, 2019 (San Diego) — Congressman Duncan D. Hunter’s wife, Margaret, is scheduled in court Thursday morning before Judge Thomas Whelan to change her plea to guilty in a federal corruption case, according to the court calendar. The Hunters are charged with 60 counts of stealing campaign funds for personal use and falsifying campaign finance reports to hide the thefts.

It is not yet known whether Margaret Hunter, who served as campaign manager, may become a witness for the prosecution against her husband in exchange for a more lenient sentence as part of a plea deal.

The pair pleaded not guilty last August but have since appeared separately at the courthouse, not making eye contact and sitting apart after Hunter told media “I didn’t do it” and blamed his wife. He repaid a portion of the disputed expenditures to his campaign and has claimed some expenditures were mistakes, such as using the wrong credit card for video game purchases.

Their trial is slated to begin in September.

The U.S. Attorney’s office alleges that the Hunters’ crimes began in 2009 and continued through 2016, with more than $250,000 looted from campaign coffers for family vacations to Italy and Hawaii, high-end jewelry, children’s school tuition, golf, tequila, video games and airfare for their son’s pet rabbit.

The indictment also alleges that Hunter spent campaign money on affairs including with a female staffer, including hotel rooms--expenses his wife likely was not aware of nor responsible for.

Rep. Hunter has been stripped of his committee assignments in Congress  pending the outcome of his trial. If convicted, while there is no requirement for him to be ejected from Congress, with Democrats controlling the House it is likely he would be ousted.

Ammar-Campa Najjar, a Democrat who came within a few percentage points of beating Hunter in November 2018, is running again for the seat. So are three Republicans: El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells, retired Navy Seal Larry Wilske, and Temecula Councilman Matt Rahn.

 

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Check it!

It's all over the news - nationwide... She has plead guilty! And threw him under the bus!

Due process

Most of the postings smack of predetermined guilt. Hunter blamed his wife at the on set. Why don't your folks wait for the truth and put your poison pens back in the drawer!

Read the 22-page plea, on top of the many counts

already detailed in the original indictment.  The plea agreement spells out numerous times the campaign treasurer told the Hunters their actions were illegal but they kept doing it.  Hunter is entitled to his day in court of course, but there appears to be a lot of evidence amassed.

Do you think his wife paid for hotel rooms for affairs?

According to the prosecution,  Hunter is alleged to have spent campaign funds on trysts with others including a staffer. Mrs. Hunter pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy and prosecutors confirmed she has been cooperating with them for months.  We will have a new story posted shortly with details.

Very interesting

Duncan Hunter could be in more serious trouble than he anticipated, even though one's spouse does not usually have to testify against the other. If she does, then yes, he's probably screwed. Lies quite often catch up to people. In this case, the whole family is affected by their nefarious ways, including an innocent child. Great parenting Hunter's - Not! Time to confess to your misdeeds Duncan, be the man you tout yourself to be. Shameful behavior for a Marine, and a lousy way to represent fellow Americans!

Give it time

Give Trump time Rescue, Trumps looking through his Oath of Office for an out on the latest greatest stumble on his tie and his receiving help from Putin and that he will take any help he can get for himself. Duncan will have to wait for now.