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Federal judge says Rep. Duncan Hunter's personal relationships can be described to jury

California congressman accused of using campaign funds to pay for ski trips and trysts

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A federal judge in California is allowing evidence of Rep. Duncan Hunter’s alleged extramarital affairs to be used in a criminal trial against the Republican congressman, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

The ruling on Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California relates to a case in which Hunter is alleged to have illegally used campaign donations to finance his affairs, some of which involved women he worked with, including an aide. A Justice Department filing from last week in the same court said he used campaign donations to pay for ski trips, nights out in Washington, D.C. and Uber rides between his offices and the homes of the women he allegedly had intimate relationships with. Hunter is scheduled to go on trial in September on 60 charges that include conspiracy, theft of campaign funds and wire fraud.

He has called the prosecutors in the case “criminally political” and described the case as a “personal smear campaign.”

Last Thursday, Hunter denied an accusation from a former Capitol Hill staffer alleging that Hunter drunkenly asked for her number and put his hand on her behind. He called the allegation “total baloney.”

Emily Kopp and Katherine Tully-McManus contributed to this report.

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