San Diego Congressman Duncan Hunter is expected to plead guilty to federal charges he misused campaign funds for personal expenses. Prosecutors say Hunter used $250,000 in campaign donations for his personal use, including vacations and extramarital affairs. The Republican is due to make an appearance in a San Diego federal court for a plea hearing on Tuesday morning. A trial date of January 22nd was already set.
In an interview with KUSI-TV, Hunter said he has three reasons to not have a public trial, and those reasons are his children. He also said it's been a privilege to serve in Congress for 11 years and serve three tours in the Marine Corps.
Hunter's wife, Margaret, who also was indicted in the case, pleaded guilty last summer and agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors at her husband's trial.
Two Republicans and a Democrat running for Hunter's seat say he made the right decision to plead guilty in a corruption case. Republican San Diego radio host Carl DeMaio, former Republican Rep. Darrell Issa and Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar said Monday that their thoughts go out to Hunter and his family.