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Rep. Duncan Hunter: I didn’t spend any money illegally
Rep. Duncan Hunter speaks exclusively accused with ‘The story with Martha MacCallum’ to, with campaign funds for personal expenses.
EXCLUSIVE – Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., Fox News said Thursday that the allegations against him and his wife, Margaret, were “pure politics” and that he you never used campaign funds for personal expenses.
Hunter and his wife were indicted on charges of illegal conversion of $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses and filing false records. She pleaded not guilty on Thursday.
Speaking to Fox News’ Martha MacCallum on “The story,” hunter, said that many of the trips in question were “the fundraising.”
He continued, “that’s how we campaign, and try, money is on the way, with dinner, meet people and raise more money. This is how people to listen to me and hear what I have to say, and donate money.”
Hunter and his wife were indicted on charges of illegal conversion of $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses and filing false records.
Still, he added, “My campaign has to make mistakes. It has spent money on things, not from me, but from the campaign, and I paid it before my last choice. I paid $60,000 dollars, after I have an objective examination. This is pure politics.”
Hunter said that he has a “prolific fundraiser” and raised “millions and millions of dollars for the Republican party, and for me and the other candidates.”
The Congressman was pressed to a specific allegation: that he wanted to buy a pair of shorts during a Hawaii vacation, but do not have the money, so that his wife told him to buy the clothes at a golf shop and describe the purchase later, as “the[golf] balls for the wounded warriors.”
“I don’t remember, but I would have said never do that,” Hunter.
He also said that his wife handled most of the expenditure of the family, when he was first deployed to Iraq in 2003, she went on to manage, when he joined the Congress.
Hunter (right), his wife Margaret (centre) treated most of the expenses of the family, and the champion was the manager.
“When I went to Iraq in 2003, the first time, I gave her power of attorney. You dealt with my finances during my entire military career, and that further on, when I was in Congress… she was also the head of the campaign, so, what did you have that looked at, I’m sure, but I didn’t.”
Speaker Of The House Of Representatives Paul Ryan, R-Wis., this week, called the charges “deeply serious,” and hunter said, removed the three house committees, on which he sat would be. Hunter agreed to meet with Ryan’s to avoid request and step down from his duties — that the spectacle of a debate and vote on the House floor.
Fox News’ Martha MacCallum and Adam Shaw contributed to this report.
Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @PaulinaDedaj.