Congressman Hunter Under DOJ Probe

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March 23, 2017 (San Diego) Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter, who represents the 50th district is under Department of Justice investigation. This stems from the Office of Congressional Ethics report issued over his campaign spending.

According to the report:

Representative Duncan D. Hunter’s congressional campaign committee, Duncan D. Hunter for Congress, reported expenditures that may not be legitimate and verifiable campaign expenditures attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes. Rep. Hunter may have converted tens of thousands of dollars of campaign funds from his congressional campaign committee to personal use to pay for family travel, flights, utilities, health care, school uniforms and tuition, jewelry, groceries, and other goods, services, and expenses. If Rep. Hunter converted funds from his congressional campaign committee for personal use, then he may have violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law.

During the town hall meeting in Ramona, Hunter referred to this and said that he was repaying his campaign. However, now this is a federal investigation.

Hunter is serving his fifth term and according to lawyers he and his wife have already paid over $60,000. He is also expected to cooperate with investigators. According to the Union-Tribune:

Elliot S. Berke and Gregory A. Vega, attorneys for Rep. Hunter, provided a statement Thursday in response to the Ethics Committee’s announcement.

“Last year, Congressman Hunter became aware of expenditure issues confronting his campaign committee. Out of an abundance of caution, he took corrective action in consultation with the FEC and, ultimately, he and his wife personally repaid the campaign approximately $60,000,” the statement said. “Congressman Hunter intends to cooperate fully with the government on this investigation, and maintains that to the extent any mistakes were made they were strictly inadvertent and unintentional.”

This is consistent with what Hunter said during the town hall meeting.

 

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