Congressman Duncan Hunter and wife charged with campaign finance violations

Rep. Duncan Hunter in 2011

Rep. Duncan Hunter in 2011

It also alleges the Hunters lied about how the money was spent, with the couple saying it went to charity or campaign events when prosecutors said it was really used for groceries, restaurant meals and clothing.

Admitting that the United States' campaign finance system "is really broken", Sherman and the rest of the panel couldn't help but laugh at the sheer magnitude of Hunter's abuses. "Whatever she did, that will be looked at too, I'm sure".

Hunter, of course, has been in the news this week due to being indicted on alleged misuse of campaign funds.

Hunter also allegedly tried to cover a personal trip to Italy as a business one by suggesting a visit to a Naval base.

Hunter was given a paragraph or two in salacious stories about the charges. The fact is that there is a culture operating within our Justice Department that is politically motivated.

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Trippi told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday he expects the criminal case against Hunter will lead more voters to support Campa-Najjar.

"This is pure politics and the prosecutors can make an indictment read like a scandalous novel if they want to", he said about lawyers for the Justice Department, headed by Republican Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

In the strongly Republican district, "Hunter is probably still the favorite, but not as overwhelmingly as he was before", he added.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan called the accusations "deeply serious" and removed him from his committee assignments.

Hunter holds the seat his father held for many years.

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Hunter says his "constituents are not easily misled" and he will fight the allegations the same way he fought as a Marine.

On Wednesday, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California) echoed the claims that the timing of Hunter's indictment was suspicious, going so far as to accuse Braverman and his subordinates of "political misconduct".

Among the allegations is that Hunter called his wife when he wanted to buy some Hawaii shorts and that she told him to purchase them at the pro shop of a golf club so they could be listed as golf balls for the Wounded Warriors Project, a veterans charity. Among those expenses are more than $1,500 for video games on Steam.

The Hunters spent substantially more than they earned, according to the document.

Democratic congressional candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar, a 29-year-old who's never held elected office, was working on a TV advertisement to boost his exposure when news broke that his opponent, the heavily favored Republican US Rep. Duncan Hunter, had been indicted on corruption charges.

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Hunter sat on the House Education and the Workforce, Armed Services, and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees. There was no intent to stick donors with the cost, then-Hunter spokesman Joe Kasper said.

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