PoliticsFederal judge refuses to dismiss campaign finance violation case against Rep. Duncan Hunter
Duncan Hunter's lawyers respond to prosecution's claims on affairs
Hunter’s attorneys are urging a federal judge to put off-limits any discussion of his intimacy with women.
A federal judge on Monday refused to dismiss theagainst California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter.
In San Diego federal court, US District Judge Thomas J. Whelan rejected arguments from Hunter's attorneys that the case was politically motivated because two assistant US attorneys attended a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton and later brought the case against Hunter, who was one of the first congressmen to endorse President Donald Trump.
Duncan Hunter's lawyers seek to block evidence of extramarital affairs in corruption case
Lawyers for embattled Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., acknowledged Friday that the lawmaker carried on several extramarital affairs, but said the spending of thousands of dollars in campaign funds to finance the liasons were not criminal because he was"mixing business with pleasure."
The judge also tentatively denied a motion to move his September trial to a different venue, despite their arguments that the jury pool in San Diego would be tainted by the ample press coverage of Hunter's alleged misuse of more than $200,000 in campaign funds. The issue will be revisited during jury selection.
Hunter and his wife Margaret were indicted in August on charges that they misused a quarter of a million dollars to furnish a lavish lifestyle between 2010 and 2016 -- at a time when they were repeatedly overdrawing their personal checking account. They were charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, falsifying records and campaign finance violations. The San Diego County congressman's trial is set for September 10.
While Hunter has maintained that the couple's spending on the campaign credit card was an error, his wife has. In June she pleaded guilty to conspiring with her husband to "knowingly and willingly" convert campaign funds for personal use.
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Rep. Duncan Hunter pleads not guilty to campaign finance misuse
California Rep. Duncan Hunter says he will be re-elected in November after he and his wife pleaded not guilty to 60 counts of using campaign funds for personal ...
Hunter, wife plead not guilty to federal charges
Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife were indicted on charges of using campaign funds for personal expenses.