Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) — who was indicted for misusing campaign funds for personal expenses — will plead guilty to at least one charge, the San Diego Union Tribune reported.
Hunter was indicted for illegally using hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds for personal expenses, such as a family vacation to Italy, his children’s private school tuition, and home repairs, among other things. Hunter was also accused of using campaign cash on mistresses, some of whom were members of his staff.
Hunter (R-Alpine), embattled over allegations of misusing campaign funds to pay for family trips, personal clothes (allegedly masked as a donation to a veterans group) and trysts with at least five different women, is slated to appear in federal court in San Diego on Tuesday morning to change his not guilty plea.
The court calendar doesn’t designate what the new plea will be, but Hunter told a San Diego television station that he had reached an agreement to plead guilty to a single count of misusing campaign funds to avoid exposing his three children to the embarrassment of a public trial.
Hunter’s wife, whom he previously sought to blame for misspending funds (that was after he tried to blame his son for grabbing the wrong credit card when buying a video game), already agreed to a similar plea and to testify against her husband.
The San Diego Union Tribune reported that Hunter claims he is pleading guilty because of his children.
Hunter hasn’t stated what his political plans are, but such plea agreements normally include a resignation from public office, and in the interview with KUSI he seemed like he intended to step down.
Hunter is now the second Republican member of Congress to plead guilty to a federal crime in 2019.