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  2. Government watchdogs on Monday called for Rep. Duncan Hunter’s immediate resignation after it was reported that the California Republican would change his “not guilty” plea to “guilty” in the case of his alleged campaign finance violations.

    Hunter [told](https://www.kusi.com/congressman-duncan-d-hunter-announces-guilty-plea-on-one-count-of-misuse-of-campaign-funds/) KUSI News in San Diego in an exclusive interview which aired Monday that he plans to plead guilty on Tuesday to using $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses and falsifying Federal Election Commission (FEC) records to conceal the purchases. 

    The six-term congressman said he planned to plead guilty to avoid a public trial.

    The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) said on social media, “We’re glad he’ll finally face consequences for his actions,” and called on Hunter to resign.

    Hunter was accused of misusing the funds over a year ago. Like President Donald Trump, who Hunter endorsed early in the 2016 presidential election, the congressman spent months [deriding the charges](https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/gop-rep-duncan-hunter-after-claiming-witch-hunt-plead-guilty-n1094466) against him as a “witch hunt.” He won re-election three months after the allegations came to light. 

    Hunter’s expected guilty plea will make him the second loyal Trump supporter to admit to committing a felony in two months. In October, former Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) [pleaded guilty](https://apnews.com/30a83186bad84b2fbe960316c0d865ef) to insider trading soon after announcing his resignation.

    Collins and Hunter were the first and second members of Congress to endorse Trump, and the president vehemently defended both against their charges.

    Robert Maguire, research director for CREW, noted that Hunter and Collins are just two Trump allies and associates now facing criminal charges.

    Among Hunter’s alleged misuses of his campaign funds were purchases made in connection with several affairs he had with lobbyists and congressional aides—violating the congressional code of conduct. His expected guilty plea comes weeks after the resignation of former Democratic Rep. Katie Hill, a fellow Californian who [stepped down](https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/10/31/farewell-address-rep-katie-hill-decries-double-standard-and-misogynistic-culture) in October, days after admitting to a romantic relationship with a campaign aide. Misuse of campaign funds was not included in the accusations against Hill, who was also the victim of having sexually explicit images of her released without consent.

    Several political observers pointed out the sharp contrast between Hunter’s decision to continue serving in Congress and run for re-election with the full support of the president, and Hill’s immediate resignation. 

    Hunter [indicated](https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-12-02/rep-duncan-hunter-to-abandon-not-guilty-plea-in-campaign-finance-scandal) Monday that he will leave Congress before the 2020 election, telling *KUSI* that he “wants his seat to remain in Republican hands and he will try to ensure a smooth transition.”

  3. >Hunter’s expected guilty plea will make him the second loyal Trump supporter to admit to committing a felony in two months. In October, former Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) pleaded guilty to insider trading soon after announcing his resignation.

    >Collins and Hunter were the first and second members of Congress to endorse Trump, and the president vehemently defended both against their charges.

    Who was number three? Perhaps they should be worried.

  4. Remember the good ol’ days when there was some decency in democracy and politicians stood against corruption by distancing themselves from those who engaged in corrupt and illegal behavior?

    Now we have a President who doubles down on supporting exposed corrupt officials and publicly going against the system that exposed them.

    And no one cares.

  5. >…president vehemently defended both against their charge

    here’s the question, when you have trump supporters saying this was a witch hunt…but he was found guilty and admitted to it….the people with trump said it was a witch hunt and then, again, plead guilty to their charges….why trump supporters don’t bat an eye at saying what is happening to trump is a witch hunt when so far, a whole lot of witches have been found on this hunt and more are found every day?

  6. Katie Hill gets forced out because of revenge porn pictures getting posted and an ill-advised but consensual relationship, but this asshole has been fighting an indictment and now got a deal so plead guilty and he still has his job!!! Yeah, but both parties are exactly the same

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