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Prosecutors say Republican congressman embezzled campaign funds to pay for extramarital affairs

SANTEE, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) visits campaign staffers at one of his headquarters on November 6, 2018 in Santee, California. The incumbent Republican candidate is running against Democratic challenger Ammar Campa-Najjar for California's 50th Congressional District. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter has apparently been living high on the hog, using campaign donations to wine and dine several women he is not married to, while the woman he is married to, Margaret Hunter, may end up testifying against him in federal court. Rep. Hunter is currently facing more than 60 federal charges of fraud for misusing campaign donations. During his first court appearance in August 2018, he stunned observers when he threw his wife under the bus:

“When I went away to Iraq in 2003, the first time, I gave her power of attorney. She handled my finances throughout my entire military career and that continued on when I got into Congress,” Hunter said on “The Story.”

“She was also the campaign manager, so whatever she did, that’ll be looked at, too, I’m sure, but I didn’t do it,” he added.

What a guy! Earlier this month, Margaret Hunter cut a plea deal with prosecutors and agreed to cooperate and testify as prosecutors see fit. She may serve up to five years in prison. That’s bad news for Duncan Hunter because Margaret can waive spousal privilege and testify against him. And after the case prosecutors laid out today, who could blame her? In the case they made in Hunter’s trial today, Hunter has been a serial adulterer, carrying on affairs with at least three lobbyists, a staff member from his office, and an official from the Republican National Committee. Prosecutors laid out evidence Hunter used campaign funds to finance all the affairs—dinners, ski trips, alcohol, Uber service to and from his meet-ups with other women.

There was one other eyebrow-raising detail in the government filing. Prosecutors included a section entitled “additional potentially secretive conduct” that is so salacious that they would not name it in open court. You can read the details below, but prosecutors say whatever bombshell it is they are sitting on could potentially ruin a jury pool. What. The. Hell?!


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