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Congressman charged with funds misuse suggests wife to blame

Congressman charged with funds misuse suggests wife to blame

The mounting friction between the Hunters seemed evident Thursday at their joint arraignment at a federal courthouse in San Diego.

It also alleges the Hunters lied about how the money was spent, with the couple saying it went to charity or campaign events when prosecutors said it was really used for groceries, restaurant meals and clothing.

Duncan Hunter was released on a $15,000 bond secured by the signature of a related, financially responsible adult, while his wife released on a $10,000 similar bond. In addition to family vacations to Hawaii and Italy, the California congressman and his wife allegedly spent campaign funds on school tuition, dental work, golf outings, and video games.

Hunter is still favourite to hold on to his strongly Republican Congressional district in San Diego, which his father previously held for many years.

In an interview with ABC News, Campa-Najjar gave a heavily qualified critique of Hunter, repeatedly praising the former Marine's record of military service, and variously describing Hunter as "a great man who served our country", a man who "never left the battlefield", "a man who has completely lost his way", "a guy who's down on his luck", and "a swamp creature".

"This is pure politics, and the prosecutors can make an indictment read like a scandalous novel if they want to", he said. Some are shocked, some outraged, and some are rising to defend Hunter and his claim of being pursued by politically motivated prosecutors eager to see one of Trump's early supporters in Congress fall.

The indictment against Hunter and his wife was announced on Tuesday by Adam Braverman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California appointed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions of the Trump administration. Collins was charged this month with insider trading; the Justice Department alleged he plotted with his son to avoid losses on an investment.

"But I didn't do it", Hunter told host Martha MacCallum.

The California Secretary of State's Office said there is no process in the elections code for Hunter to remove his name from the ballot, and there can be no write-in candidates for the November election.

Hunter's office has said that one of the charges he repaid to the campaign account was a $600 fee for flying a pet bunny with his family.

The congressman is said to have spent $1,000 on a "personal ski trip" to Lake Tahoe with another unnamed person.

"The congressman and his wife have a constitutional promise to their day in court, and we will not prejudge the outcome", Brulte said.

Campa-Najjar, who lives in Jamul near the U.S. -Mexico border, says walls are not the answer when 40 percent of those entering the U.S. illegally come by plane and overstay their visas.

While he and Margaret Hunter were inside the courthouse being fingerprinted, protesters outside changed their chant to "Lock him up!", a nod to the Trump campaign's rallying cry to imprison Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for use of a private email server but never charged.



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