In a stunning reversal, Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) said he will plead guilty to misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds.
Hunter was the second House Republican to endorse then-candidate Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Since then, the California conservative experienced a dramatic fall from grace, hitting rock bottom today for admitting to using political donations to pay for extramarital affairs (yes, plural), lavish vacations, and a plethora of video games.
Per the Washington Examiner:
Hunter’s wife, who is also the lawmaker’s former campaign treasurer, pleaded guilty to making illegal campaign expenditures in June and agreed to testify against Hunter. Margaret, 44, faces up to five years in prison and is scheduled for sentencing in April.
“Whatever my time in custody will be, I will take that hit. My only hope is that the judge does not sentence my wife to jail. I think my kids need a mom in the home,” he continued.
The federal indictment alleges that the Hunters used funds meant for Hunter’s political campaigns to cover personal expenses for the better part of a decade. Included in the Hunters’ list of illegal expenditures are a $462 bill for a friend’s bachelor party, $704-worth of tickets to see How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, and $1,528 spent on video games.
It also revealed evidence that Hunter was unfaithful to his wife with at least five other women, three of which are identified as lobbyists and the other two as congressional staffers.
Hunter narrowly hung on to win his heavily Republican congressional district last November.
Explaining his change of heart to KUSI-TV, Hunter said, “I think it’s important not to have a trial for three reasons, and those three reasons are my kids.”