Duncan Hunter Jr., a California federal congressman who pleaded guilty in a case of embezzlement of campaign funds, announced Friday that he will resign his post in the House of Representatives.
Hunter pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in San Diego to using a quarter of a million dollars donated to his campaign for personal purposes.
“Shortly after the holidays, I will resign from Congress. It has been an honor to serve the people of California’s 50th District, and I appreciate very much the trust they have placed in me over the past 11 years,” the congressman said in a statement.
Hunter was first elected in 2008 in succession to his father, who had held the office for 28 years.
After more than a year of hearings on the case, in which his wife, Margaret Hunter, is also accused, the congressman pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge for using campaign funds for personal purposes.
Hunter’s plea agreement, to which Efe had access, indicates that he admits to having used $250,000 donated to his campaign for personal expenses.
Some of the expenses that are exemplified are the payment of vacations for her daughter’s birthday at the Coronado Hotel in San Diego and meals with her friends in Washington, D.C.
In August 2018, when the charges were filed, the former Marine denied the allegations and attributed them to a political attack by Hillary Clinton’s team for its support of President Donald Trump.
The Republican also allegedly used campaign money in extramarital relationships with at least five women, according to federal prosecutor documents revealed by the Los Angeles Times.
Last June, Margaret Hunter pleaded guilty to misuse funds as coordinator of her husband’s campaign.
The woman could be sentenced to five years in prison.
Hunter will return to court on March 17 to hear her sentence.
The maximum sentence she could serve is five years in prison.
Governor Gavin Newsom must call for special elections to fill Hunter’s vacancy.
In such a case, it would be the second time Newsom has made such a call.
A few weeks ago, the governor announced a special vote to replace Democrat Katie Hill.
The legislator representing Santa Clarita, an area north of Los Angeles, resigned last November amid accusations of allegedly having relationships with a member of her team.