Republican Rep Duncan Hunter Hit With 'Politically Motivated' Indictment Right Before Election

Chris Menahan
Aug. 21, 2018

Republican Rep Duncan Hunter and his wife were hit with a host of campaign finance and wire fraud charges by Clinton-supporting prosecutors just months before his election and the media is refusing to tell his side of the story.

Hunter was one of the first members of congress to endorse then-presidential candidate Donald Trump back in February 2016. Like everyone else who backed Trump, it appears the deep state has targeted him for destruction.

The San Diego Union-Tribune was the only exception:
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, and his wife, Margaret, were indicted Tuesday on dozens of criminal charges including wire fraud and campaign finance crimes.

The document, filed Tuesday in federal court in San Diego, accuses the couple of converting more than $250,000 in campaign funds to pay for personal expenses and filing false campaign finance records with the Federal Election Commission to cover up the true nature of the expenses.

The 60-count indictment accuses the couple of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, falsification of records and aiding and abetting in the prohibited use of campaign contributions. Within hours of its issuance, Hunter assailed the investigation as politically motivated just weeks before the fall campaign season gets underway. House Speaker Paul Ryan nevertheless announced that Hunter had been stripped of his committee assignments.

Hunter has been under scrutiny since April 2016, when the FEC and then The San Diego Union-Tribune began questioning expenses of campaign funds including video games, private school tuition, oral surgery and a garage door for the couple's Alpine home. Spending of campaign funds for personal use is banned by law, to protect against undue influence by donors who might benefit from congressional actions.

[...]Hunter's campaign released a statement after news of the indictment broke in which one of his attorneys, Gregory A. Vega, attacked the credibility of prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's Office. The statement said two prosecutors involved in the investigation attended a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in August 2015.

Vega called for the U.S. Department of Justice to recuse the prosecutors.

The campaign also released a letter from Vega to Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, which further accused the DOJ of a politically-motivated attack on Hunter.

"The overt political leanings of two individuals intimately involved in the investigation, combined with, among other things, the Southern District's sudden, inexplicable rush to indict my client before the general election without affording him sufficient due process, create an actual and/or apparent conflict that cannot be ignored," the letter said.

Hunter, a Republican, is facing a challenge from Ammar Campa-Najjar, a Democrat, on the November ballot.

"This is all political," Hunter's spokesman, Mike Harrison, said of the indictment.

[...]On 10News, [Hunter's father, former Rep. Duncan L. Hunter] defended his son, saying Margaret Hunter was responsible for the larger expenses, and Hunter had nothing to do with them. He said expenses at restaurants are normal for campaigns because the candidates can’t accept contributions at their official offices and must go elsewhere to conduct campaign business.

The former congressman went on to accuse prosecutors of being motivated by their political agenda. In defense of his son’s character, Hunter reminded reminded the voters that Hunter had a strong record of service to his country.

“This is the same guy who, when we were attacked on 9/11, quit his job right downtown, walked across the street, joined the Marine Corps, and deployed in three combat tours for our freedom” Hunter said. “Wait for the verdict.”
Clinton backers indicted Hunter and his wife just months before the election on campaign finance charges (which anyone can be found guilty of) and so-called wire fraud charges which have been hanging over his head for two years -- but we're supposed to believe this isn't political.

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