Duncan Hunter has finally pled guilty to stealing campaign funds and using them for personal expenses, which included mistresses and expensive vacations:
FOX NEWS – Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., pleaded guilty on Tuesday to misusing campaign funds, marking a major reversal for the lawmaker who for more than a year called the criminal charges brought against him and his wife a “witch hunt” aimed at driving the six-term Republican from office in the Democrat-controlled state.
Appearing in federal court in San Diego on Tuesday morning, Hunter remained mostly quiet during the proceedings.
“I failed to monitor and account for campaign money,” Hunter told reporters following the hearing. “I made mistakes…that’s what today is all about.”
The 42-year-old lawmaker will be sentenced on March 17 and faces up to five years in prison.
Hunter did not answer reporters’ question over whether his guilty plea means he will be stepping down from his congressional seat, saying only that he “will have more statements in the future about the future.”
Hunter would rather just go to jail than put his kids through a public trial:
In an interview on Monday with a local news station, though, Hunter said that he is prepared to go to jail and hinted that he would resign from his post in Congress, although he did not give a timeline for when he might step down.
“I think it’s important not to have a public trial for three reasons, and those three reasons are my kids,” Hunter told San Diego TV station KUSI. “I think it would be really tough for them.”
He added. “It’s hard enough being the kids of a public figure. I think it’s time for them to live life outside the spotlight.”
His wife Margaret Hunter also was charged in the case and in June accepted a plea deal that called for her to testify against her husband. The couple could have faced decades in prison before the plea deals.
Here’s a summary of the Hunters are being charged with:
Federal prosecutors said the couple spent more than $250,000 in campaign money for golf outings, family vacations to Italy and Hawaii, tequila shots and airline tickets for their pet rabbit.
Prosecutors also revealed Hunter spent some of the money on romantic relationships with lobbyists and congressional aides.
And just as a reminder, Hunter lied about all of this framing it as a political witch hunt out to get him:
Until now, Hunter had resisted calls to resign, framing the charges as a political attack by prosecutors sympathetic to Democrat Hillary Clinton.
After his wife agreed to a plea deal, Hunter said: “it’s obvious that the Department of Justice went after her to get to me for political reasons.”
I’m glad to see Hunter gets what’s coming to him. Hopefully after several years in prison he’ll realize that Christ is all he really needs and that eternal treasures are far more important than worldly possessions. Then, perhaps, he’ll be a better father and husband.