GOP Congressman Duncan Hunter Changes ‘Not Guilty’ Plea Ahead of Court Appearance

Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter of California has decided to abandon his not guilty plea against the corruption charges that he is facing stemming from alleged campaign finance violation.

In a Monday interview with San Diego TV station KUSI, Hunter said that he will plead guilty to one count of misuse of campaign funds. He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday to change his previous plea of not guilty.

The San Diego area lawmaker said, “My trial was set for January 22nd, that’s not going to happen now. Tomorrow — on Tuesday — I’m going to change my plea to guilty. I think it’s important not to have a public trial for three reasons. And those three reasons are my kids … I think it’s time for them to live life outside the spotlight.”

Hunter stopped short of saying that he was leaving Congress but hinted that might be the route he’ll take, saying, “It’s been a privilege to serve in Congress for eleven years.”

Later in the interview, Hunter added, “Whatever my time in custody is, I will take that hit. My only hope is that the judge does not sentence my wife to jail. I think the kids need a mom in the home.”

Hunter had previously appeared blamed some of the alleged campaign finance violations on his wife, saying, “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.”

The California Congressman hasn’t been much of a voice lately on Capitol Hill with the exception of being one of the loudest defenders of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher. The SEAL was arrested on war crimes — he’s since been pardoned by President Donald Trump — but Hunter previously said that he didn’t believe the substantial evidence against the SEAL.

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  1. GC: Perhaps you could try not to paint all of IJRs readership with such broad contemptuous strokes as it tends to be rather off putting to those of us who on occasion actually agree with what you are posting.

    1. The few members here who get my respect know who they are. I trust them to exclude themselves from any of my broad stroke comments. Those who earn my contempt know either full well what they are asking for, or they are so braindead, immoral or stubbornly partisan that they cannot see the harm coming from our fascist Dear Leader, his party (such as it is) and supporters, I am not going to waste my time worrying about what any of them think. If anyone wants to earn and keep my respect, all one has to do is get on the right side of issues or policies and stay there. It can be done.

  2. I am shocked!! LOL…Chris Collins and Duncan Hunter were re-elected post indictments by the Jeff Sessions’ DOJ and denied—adamantly DENIED guilt. BOTH have now plead guilty and resigned or will resign from Congress. Republican voters need to work on Denial BS detection. The are not very good at it.

    1. He he he he! Yes, it was predictable. The question now will be who the American Fascists will parachute into his district, to try to recover.

  3. Duncan Hunter is the type of corrupt, sleazeball politician that deserves your contemp and absolutely NO support, but I am sure the fine members of IJR would NEVER stoop that low.

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