Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Ca.), who was hit with federal charges of illegally swiping more than $250,000 in campaign funds to cover personal expenses, will plead guilty in the case, his attorney told The Post on Monday.
Hunter’s attorney, Paul Pfingst, confirmed to The Post that the California Republican will cop to a conspiracy count as part of a plea bargain.
Hunter, who represents the San Diego area in the House, was indicted along with his wife Margaret, who served as his campaign manager, in August 2018.
The sweeping, 48-page court papers accused the Hunter duo of spending $250,000 worth of campaign funds on family vacations to Italy and Hawaii, tuition for their children, theater tickets, groceries, restaurant bills, dental visits and even plane tickets for their pet bunny, Eggburt, to travel alongside them.
The California Republican was also accused of funding multiple extramarital affairs using the campaign contributions.
After initially pleading not guilty, Hunter placed blame for any misuse of funds on his better half.
“[Margaret] was also the campaign manager, so whatever she did, that’ll be looked at too, I’m sure. But I didn’t do it. I didn’t spend any money illegally,” Hunter told Fox News’ Bret Baier in an interview last August.
Hunter went on to say, “My campaign did make mistakes. There was money spent on things not by me but by the campaign, and I paid that back before my last election.”
The embattled Congressman went on to place more blame on his wife, saying that when he was deployed to Iraq while serving in the Marine Corps, he gave Margaret power of attorney and allowed her to handle his finances from then on.
Margaret Hunter changed her plea from not guilty to guilty in June, signing an agreement at that time that required her to help in the investigation of her husband.
Hunter asserted in another interview that “partisan Democrat prosecutors” had timed his indictment to influence his standing in the November midterm elections. Hunter still won his race and still represents California’s 52nd District.
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