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Politics Rep. Duncan Hunter To Resign From Congress After Guilty Plea

00:20  08 january  2020
00:20  08 january  2020 Source:   patch.com

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(CNN) Republican Rep . Duncan Hunter of California announced on Friday that he'll resign from Congress following the holiday season, news that comes after Hunter has faced a backlash over his legal woes and found himself in an increasingly tenuous position in Congress following his guilty plea .

Rep . Duncan Hunter , R-Calif., who pleaded guilty this week to misusing campaign donations "Shortly after the Holidays I will resign from Congress ," he said in a statement. "It has been an As NPR's Jessica Taylor noted this week, Margaret Hunter agreed to a plea deal over the summer that

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SAN DIEGO, CA — Embattled Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) will resign his seat in Congress next week, more than a month after he pleaded guilty to a charge of misusing campaign funds for personal expenses.

Hunter will resign effective Jan. 13, multiple outlets reported. He is set to be sentenced on March 17, facing a maximum of five years in prison.

Hunter and his wife were indicted last summer on five dozen criminal counts, including wire fraud, conspiracy and falsification of records. He initially pleaded not guilty to the count alleging he misused $250,000 in campaign funds for personal uses ranging from vacations to extramarital affairs to a plane ticket for his wife's pet rabbit, but changed his plea to guilty in December.

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GOP Rep . Duncan Hunter is set to plead guilty in federal court on Tuesday after denying for more The California Republican didn't say whether he was resigning , but the former Marine officer said A source close to the case said Duncan Hunter 's plea agreement will be "virtually identical" to his wife's.

WASHINGTON – California Rep . Duncan Hunter announced he would be resigning from Congress "shortly after the holidays" after pleading The committee told Hunter his guilty plea could bring a sentence of "two or more years of imprisonment," meaning that under House rules, Hunter "should

Hunter, who represents San Diego County as well as the Temecula area in Riverside County, has served in Congress since 2009. He succeeded his father, also named Duncan Hunter, who represented the region for nearly 30 years.

"It has been an honor to serve the people of California's 50th District, and I greatly appreciate the trust they have put in me over these last 11 years," Hunter wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and California Gov. Gavin Newsom, according to reports.

Hunter's wife Margaret pleaded guilty in June to a federal conspiracy charge related to the alleged misuse of campaign funds.

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