Congressman Duncan Hunter of California revealed on Monday that he intends to plead guilty to federal charges of Corruption over the misuse of campaign funds.
According to the Associated Press, both Duncan Hunter and his wife, Margaret Hunter, have been accused of spending over $250,000 of campaign funds on things like golf, family vacations, and household items from Costco. Rep. Hunter had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges but revealed in a new interview that he will be changing his plea.
In the new admission, Rep. Duncan Hunter said his decision to plead guilty was to benefit his children.
“I think it would be really tough for them,” the 42-year-old Hunter said in an interview with San Diego TV station KUSI. “It’s hard enough being the kids of a public figure. I think it’s time for them to live life outside the spotlight.”
Despite the admission to misusing funds, the Marine Veteran insisted it was all a mistake and he simply forgot to pay his campaign back.
“I think it’s important that people know I did make mistakes. I did not properly monitor or account for my campaign money,” he said. “Whatever my time in custody is, I will take that hit. My only hope is that the judge does not sentence my wife to jail. I think my kids need a mom in the home.”
The Department of Justice charged Hunter’s wife separately and offered her a plea deal to testify against her husband. She accepted the offer.
Rep. Duncan Hunter has held the seat in Riverside, San Diego, California for 6 terms now. He was an early supporter of President Trump, but the seat will most likely stay Republican thanks to the voting trends of California’s 50th district.