Rep. Duncan Hunter to change 'not guilty' plea on campaign finance violations

GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter is expected to change his “not guilty” plea in federal court on Tuesday after denying for more than a year that he illegally misused campaign funds.

A hearing notice was posted Monday morning on the U.S. District Court docket, but it’s unclear what Hunter will be changing his plea to. An attorney for the California Republican could not be immediately reached for comment.

Hunter was indicted last summer on campaign finance violations, with prosecutors alleging that he and his wife diverted $250,000 in campaign funds for personal use, including to fund lavish vacations and their children’s school tuition. Hunter’s wife previously pleaded guilty and agreed this summer to cooperate with prosecutors.

The trial was initially scheduled to take place this fall, but had been pushed back to Jan. 22.

Hunter, who narrowly won reelection last fall after his indictment, has long claimed that he was the subject of a political witch hunt.

Prosecutors have accused Hunter of improperly using campaign funds to pursue numerous romantic affairs with congressional aides and lobbyists.

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Hunter’s legal team had tried to get the case dismissed, alleging that the prosecutors are biased against him because they supported former Democratic presidential candidate .

Prosecutors urged the judge in Hunter's case to "admonish" the lawmaker to stop attacking them as politically biased. Hunter, they said, had attempted to connect his case to President Donald 's claims of an FBI "witch hunt" against him.

After Hunter was indicted last summer, GOP leaders stripped him of his committee assignments but stopped short of calling on him to resign.

Former Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), who was indicted on insider trading chargers last summer and also initially denied the charges, ended up pleading guilty this fall and resigned from Congress.

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