Duncan Hunter's wife will plead guilty in campaign fund misuse case
Added 06-12-19 03:57:01pm EST - “Margaret Hunter, wife of embattled Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) will plead guilty in the case against her and her husband over allegedly misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds.” - Thehill.com
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Margaret Hunter, wife of embattled Rep. Duncan HunterDuncan Duane Hunter58 GOP lawmakers vote against disaster aid bill Navy SEAL charged with war crimes and considered for pardon by Trump released Navy SEAL considered for pardon by Trump wants case dismissed, citing withheld evidence MORE (R-Calif.) will plead guilty in the case against her and her husband over allegedly misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds.
The San Diego Tribune reported Wednesday that a court filing on the docket indicated that Margaret Hunter would appear before the court on Thursday to formally request to change her plea to guilty after she initially plead not guilty last year.
Hunter and his wife are accused of using more than $250,000 in campaign funding for personal trips and expenses, including as much as $600 to fly the family's pet rabbit across the country. Margaret Hunter served as her husband's campaign treasurer throughout his reelection bid in 2018 as well as for past campaigns.
An attorney representing the congressman, who won reelection despite facing the charges last year, said that his wife's guilty plea would not affect Hunter's case. The congressman previously said that the matter was closed after repaying $60,000 to his campaign last year.
“We are aware of Mrs. Hunter scheduling a hearing to change her plea,” Gregory Vega told the Tribune. “At this time, that does not change anything regarding Congressman Hunter. There are still significant motions that need to be litigated, specifically the speech or debate clause of the U.S. Constitution.”
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