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Duncan Hunter claims Justice Department used ‘every dirty trick in the book’

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The
closed offices of US Rep. Duncan Hunter are seen Tuesday, Aug.
21, 2018, in El Cajon, Calif. Hunter and his wife were indicted
Tuesday on federal charges that they used more than $250,000 in
campaign funds for personal expenses that ranged from groceries
to golf trips and lied about it in federal filings, prosecutors
said.

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Bull/AP


  • Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter of California blamed the
    US Justice Department and its “political agenda” in light of
    its indictment that alleged he and his wife misused $250,000 in
    campaign funds for a wide range of personal expenses.
  • Hunter, who represents the 50th Congressional District
    of California, added that he believed Justice Department “used
    every dirty trick in the book” to carry out its
    investigation.
  • “This is modern politics and modern media, mixed in
    with law enforcement that has a political agenda,” Hunter
    claimed in an interview Wednesday with the local ABC News
    affiliate KGTV.

Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter of California blamed the US Justice
Department and what he called its “political agenda” for an
indictment that accused he and his wife of misusing $250,000 in
campaign funds for a wide range of personal expenses.

“This is modern politics and modern media, mixed in with law
enforcement that has a political agenda,” Hunter said to the
local ABC News affiliate KGTV on Wednesday.

“This is the new Department of Justice. This is the Democrats’
arm of law enforcement,” Hunter said, incorrectly linking a
political party to an independent, nonpartisan branch of
government.

“That’s what’s happening right now, and it’s happening with
Trump, it’s happening with me, and we’re going to fight through
it and win when the people get to vote in November.”


Duncan Hunter
Rep.
Duncan Hunter of California.

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Kaster/AP


Hunter, who represents the 50th Congressional District of
California and is up for reelection, accused the Justice
Department of using “every dirty trick in the book” for its
investigation.

In its indictment, the DOJ claimed Hunter filed misleading
campaign finance records, to mask their spending under the guise
of gifts for wounded veterans.

In one example, the Justice Department claimed Hunter’s wife,
Margaret, tried disguising a trip to Italy as “mostly
military/defense meet related,” but an apparent email about the
travel described it as “truly our best family trip so far.”

“Like that saying ‘if traveling was free you’d never see me
again’,” Margaret wrote in an email, according to the Justice
Department.

Other expenses included groceries, video games, meals, and
airline tickets.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement that the charges
against Hunter were “deeply serious” and that he’d be removed
from his assignments on the House Armed Services Committee.

Hunter’s accusations against the Justice Department echoed
similar remarks President
Donald Trump has used in his attacks on the special counsel’s
Russia probe — and recent legal developments involving his former
longtime attorney, Michael Cohen, and his former campaign
chairman, Paul Manafort.

Hunter was one of Trump’s earliest supporters during the 2016 US
presidential election.

“The US government can do what they want, whenever they want to,”
Hunter said. “And they’ve shown that against me, they’ve shown it
against Trump.”

Hunter is expected in court on Thursday morning. Asked how he
felt about the looming legal fight, Hunter said he wasn’t
worried: “I’m looking forward to it,” Hunter said.

Hunter’s office did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s
request for comment.

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