Congressman Duncan Hunter allegedly blames wife for campaign cash scandal
Duncan Hunter is allegedly blaming his wife, Margaret, for converting $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses.
On Thursday, August 23, 2018, the Republican and his wife were accused of taking advantage of campaign money and filing false reports.
While speaking to Martha MacCallum on Fox News' "The Story," Hunter said that charges filed against him and Margaret were 'pure politics' and that many of the trips were 'fundraisers.'
According to him, that was the strategy that he opted for - traveling, having dinner and meeting people to convince them to donate their money to the campaign.
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Indicted Rep. Duncan Hunter seemed to shift any blame onto his wife, Margaret, for alleged campaign fund abuses, saying she was the one handling his finances https://t.co/3OInykXRAP pic.twitter.com/ykm9a7zgVH— CNN (@CNN) August 24, 2018
MISTAKES WERE MADE
But, although he explained his process, he also admitted that his campaign made a few mistakes and there was some money spent by other people that shouldn' have been spent.
Still, Hunter claimed to have returned the money, a total of $60,000, before his last election, which was why he considered the whole situation as 'pure politics.'
GOPer Duncan Hunter, who was indicted with his wife for purposely and fraudulently misusing campaign money, arriving to Court with chants of “Lock Him Up” in the air. Karma in all of her glory.pic.twitter.com/QwN5buArxL— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) August 23, 2018
During the conversation, the congressman was asked about a pair of shorts that he allegedly wanted to buy during his trip to Hawaii and didn't have any money with him at the time.
Hunter was accused of being influenced by his wife to buy the shorts at a golf shop and justify 'the purchase later as [golf] balls for the wounded warriors.'
Rep. Duncan Hunter arrived at court in San Diego and was met with protesters chanting "Lock him up!" pic.twitter.com/HsW9GR0xpB— Ted Corcoran (RedTRaccoon) (@RedTRaccoon) August 23, 2018
PLAYING 'HOT POTATO'
The Republican denied knowing anything about it and said that his wife was the one responsible for handling the family's expenses when he was first deployed to Iraq in 2003 and that she continued to do so after he joined Congress.
"She handled my finances throughout my entire military career and that continued on when I got into Congress. 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.”
Duncan Hunter, Fox News, August 23, 2018
Duncan Hunter has exited the court to a crowd chanting “shame on you” pic.twitter.com/ejOjG0pcRN— Javier Panzar (@jpanzar) August 23, 2018
The case will now continue to be investigated and, for the time being, it has been announced by House speaker Paul Ryan that Hunter would be removed from the three House committees to avoid the 'spectacle of a debate.'