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Rep. Duncan Hunter and a woman have been arraigned on corruption charges
US prosecutors charge, the California Republican Congressman with the conversion of hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds and falsification of campaign Finance records.
Embattled U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter from California vigorously defended himself on Wednesday, a day after the news came that he and his wife had been accused, at the expense of the use of campaign funds for personal expenses.
“I’ve done nothing wrong,” hunter told San Diego’s FOX 5, according to a fundraising event in Point Loma, California., on Wednesday.
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“I have never in my campaign for personal expenses – the” hunter told a group of reporters at the event, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
“You have a legitimate election and just threw it all in and said, these are all illegal,” he added.
Hunter claimed that “partisan Democrat prosecutors” had influence timed the indictment. November the mid-term elections.
In an interview on Wednesday with San Diego’s KGTV-TV, hunter the US Department of justice referred to as “the Democrats” arm of the law-enforcement authorities.”
“This is a political period,” hunter said after the Union-Tribune. “This is the U. S-government— what I would call, the “deep state” — or people in the US government that no matter what the choice, you want to rig the election in their own way, because you can’t beat me in a real election.”
“This is political — period. This is the U. S-government— what I would call, the “deep state” … you want to manipulate the choice, their own way, because you can’t beat me in a real election.”
– U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.
Hunter said he is innocent of the corruption charges, and was eager to go to trial to clear his name.
A grand jury on Tuesday charged the Hunter and his wife Margaret, with the use of more than $ 250,000 in campaign money for vacations, dental treatments, golf excursions and other personal expenditure.
In a statement, speaker of the house of representatives, Paul Ryan, the charges and called it “deeply serious” and said Hunter is removed from his Committee assignments, pending resolution of the case. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, said Ryan you should call to cancel on hunter.
Despite the indictment, Hunter is a favorite to win remained re-election in California’s 50th Congressional District, East of San Diego. The 50-district is the most Republican in Southern California: The party holds a nearly 15-point registration edge over Democrats.
President Donald Trump won’t lose the district with the same edge, while across the country more than 4 million votes in 2016.
The district is in the vicinity of Camp Pendleton, the largest Marine base in the West, and has many active duty and retired military personnel, the feeling that a relationship with Hunter, a Marine, he saw combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, and his father, an Army Ranger, which won the Bronze star during the Vietnam war.stand
Hunter’s father was elected to the seat in 1980 and held it until his son won in 2008. Hunter Democratic opponent, Ammar Campa-Najjar, 29, has never held elective office. He won just over 17 percent of the vote in June, but that was good enough for second place in the state elementary school, where the top two vote-getters advance to the General election regardless of party.
Prominent Democrats, including Pelosi of San Francisco, and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts have spoken, conveniently located at Campa-Najjar, but Pelosi was non-committal about the diversion of party funds to a district whose voters can still choose “their desire for a tax reduction in all other overcomes.”
Nick Kriticos, a retired salesman from El Cajon, said volunteering for the Campa-Najjar campaign, that he is not Democrats see reflect the neighborhood, also with Hunter’s legal problems.
“It is still very much the trump card of the country here,” he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.