On Tuesday, Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) pleaded guilty to using campaign funds for personal expenses, ending a three-year investigation into the congressman’s misuse of over $200,000.
Hunter’s wife pleaded guilty in June to knowingly and willingly using campaign funds with her husband for their family’s benefit, agreeing to testify against him. Weeks later, federal prosecutors accused Hunter of using campaign funds for extramarital affairs with five women, including an aide.
Hunter will serve jail-time for the violations and is scheduled for sentencing on March 17, 2020. He is also expected to resign his seat in California’s 50th Congressional District, stating, “It’s been a privilege to serve in Congress. I think we’ve done a lot of great things for the nation.”
Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) will have 14 days after Hunter’s resignation to call a special election for the seat.