Politics

Hunter Says He Looks Forward to Fighting Charges

‘This is modern politics and modern media mixed in with law enforcement that has a political agenda,’ GOP rep says

Rep. Duncan Hunter responded to charges of misuse of campaign funds filed against him Tuesday.(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep.  Duncan Hunter said Wednesday he’s innocent of the charges of misusing campaign funds filed against him the day before and looks forward to fighting them.

“We’re excited about going to trial with this, frankly,” Hunter told told San Diego’s 10News of the indictment, “This is modern politics and modern media mixed in with law enforcement that has a political agenda. That’s the new Department of Justice.”

Hunter spoke alongside his father former Rep. Duncan Lee Hunter, who defended his son earlier Wednesday, before departing for a fishing trip together for a veterans group called Rivers of Recovery.

Hunter added, “This is the Democrats’ arm of law enforcement, that’s what’s happening right now. It’s happening with [President] Trump, it’s happening with me. We’re going to fight through it and win and the people get to vote in November … I think they’ve used every dirty trick in the book, so it’ll go to court when they want it to.”

Hunter and his wife, Margaret, were indicted Tuesday for allegedly using $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses, including dental work and trips to Italy and Hawaii. The Justice Department alleges that instances of Hunter illegally using campaign money to pay for personal expenses date back to 2009, and the indictment chronicles them through 2016.

The indictment alleges that the House Armed Services Committee member made offensive comments about the Navy and prosecutors also accused the California Republican of falsely claiming that a personal expense was for “wounded warriors.

“I’m not worried. I’m looking forward to it,” Hunter said Wednesday. “They can try to have a political agenda as our law enforcement, as a U.S. government … as we’ve seen with [former FBI agent Peter] Strzok, and with the FBI and DOJ have been doing. Let them expose themselves for what they are: a politically motivated group of folks.”

The Hunters’ arraignment is scheduled for Thursday. The charges include conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States, wire fraud, falsification of records and prohibited use of campaign contributions.

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