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Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and his wife have been indicted for misusing $250,000 in campaign funds and filing false campaign finance documents.

 

The indictment comes after a yearlong Justice Department investigation into whether the congressman and early supporter of President Trump illegally misused campaign funds for personal reasons. He and his wife Margaret, who also served as his campaign manager, are accused of routinely using campaign money to pay to fly his pet rabbit back and forth from his district, as well as for dental work, multiple vacations including one to Italy, and heavy spending at restaurants.

 

 

The charges: Conspiracy to enrich themselves by using campaign funds “for their own personal benefit,” even though campaign staffers warned them that they were violating the law.

 

Hunter has reimbursed his campaign more than $65,000 already, but maintained that he didn’t commit any crimes, and his lawyers had previously described the lavish spending of campaign funds as “inadvertent and unintentional.”

 

Hunter was the second House Republican to endorse President Trump, and this indictment means that Trump’s two earliest House backers have now been indicted following Rep. Chris Collins’ (R-NY) own, separate legal troubles.

The indictment could put Hunter’s normally safely Republican seat in jeopardy this fall. President Trump won the San Diego-area district, which is one of the most conservative in the state, by 15 percentage points. But Democrats are excited about their candidate, former Obama administration official Ammar Campa-Najjar, and believe that with the indictment the seat could be in play.

Republicans leaders moved quickly to contain the damage, removing Hunter from his committee assignments.

 

“The charges against Rep. Hunter are deeply serious. The Ethics Committee deferred its investigation at the request of the Justice Department. Now that he has been indicted, Rep. Hunter will be removed from his committee assignments pending the resolution of this matter,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said in a Tuesday night statement.

 

 

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15 minutes ago, skews13 said:

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and his wife have been indicted for misusing $250,000 in campaign funds and filing false campaign finance documents.

 

It's gonna be pretty-interesting.....hearing Spanky Trump explaining where all o' his 2020 Campaign buck$ are being spent.

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13 minutes ago, neue regel said:

I love the GOP not playing favoritism to their own party when in power. Well done.

 

Hell, the Grand Oil Party has been hijacked by a herd o' conservaweenies.....who wouldn't DARE criticize Spanky Trump.

In November, they'll have the Pink Slips to prove it.

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10 hours ago, skews13 said:

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and his wife have been indicted for misusing $250,000 in campaign funds and filing false campaign finance documents.

 

The indictment comes after a yearlong Justice Department investigation into whether the congressman and early supporter of President Trump illegally misused campaign funds for personal reasons. He and his wife Margaret, who also served as his campaign manager, are accused of routinely using campaign money to pay to fly his pet rabbit back and forth from his district, as well as for dental work, multiple vacations including one to Italy, and heavy spending at restaurants.

 

 

The charges: Conspiracy to enrich themselves by using campaign funds “for their own personal benefit,” even though campaign staffers warned them that they were violating the law.

 

Hunter has reimbursed his campaign more than $65,000 already, but maintained that he didn’t commit any crimes, and his lawyers had previously described the lavish spending of campaign funds as “inadvertent and unintentional.”

 

Hunter was the second House Republican to endorse President Trump, and this indictment means that Trump’s two earliest House backers have now been indicted following Rep. Chris Collins’ (R-NY) own, separate legal troubles.

The indictment could put Hunter’s normally safely Republican seat in jeopardy this fall. President Trump won the San Diego-area district, which is one of the most conservative in the state, by 15 percentage points. But Democrats are excited about their candidate, former Obama administration official Ammar Campa-Najjar, and believe that with the indictment the seat could be in play.

Republicans leaders moved quickly to contain the damage, removing Hunter from his committee assignments.

 

“The charges against Rep. Hunter are deeply serious. The Ethics Committee deferred its investigation at the request of the Justice Department. Now that he has been indicted, Rep. Hunter will be removed from his committee assignments pending the resolution of this matter,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said in a Tuesday night statement.

 

 

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PERFECT .........

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So Much Winning!

Too many GOP criminals to keep track of.

Hunter is a fiscal conservative:

1. "Throughout the relevant period, the Hunters spent substantially more than they earned. They overdrew their bank account more than 1,100 times in a seven-year period resulting in approximately $37,761 in 'overdraft' and 'insufficient funds bank' fees."
2. "The Hunters illegally converted and stole more than $250,000 in campaign funds to purchase goods and services for their personal use and enjoyment."
3. "Duncan Hunter facilitated the theft of campaign funds by ignoring his campaign staff's multiple warnings about Margaret's improper use of campaign funds, accusing campaign staff of disloyalty by 'trying to create some kind of paper trail on me' when they raised concerns about improper spending, and continually refusing to remove her access to campaign funds."
4. "The Hunters concealed and disguised the personal nature of many of their campaign expenditures by either falsely stating the expenses were 'campaign related' or by falsely reporting the item or service purchased when providing information to the Treasurer (by, for example, buying personal clothing items at a golf course so that the purchase could be falsely reported to the Treasurer as 'balls for the wounded warriors')."
5. "The Hunters concealed and disguised the personal nature of their family's purchases of video games using Campaign funds by falsely claiming to a financial institution that the payments were fraudulent charges and then reporting the purchases to the FEC and the public as fraudulent charges."
6. "The Hunters illegally used Campaign funds, among other things, to purchase the following: Hotel rooms, airline tickets and upgrades, meals and food, and entertainment expenses for vacations for themselves and their friends and family, including more than $14,000 for a family Thanksgiving vacation in Italy in November 2015; more than $6,500 for a family vacation to Hawaii in April 2015; more than $3,700 for a family vacation to Las Vegas and Boise in July 2015; more than $2,400 for a Las Vegas couples vacation in August 2011; and more vacations to destinations such as Lake Tahoe, Pittsburgh, London, and Washington."
7. "Household and other personal items for their family from a wide variety of stores, such as Costco (where they spent more than $11,300 in Campaign funds), Walmart (where they spent more than $5,700), Barnes Noble (where they spent more than $2,500), Target (where they spent more than $2,300), Michaels craft store (where they spent more than $2,200), and other retailers such as Aaron Brothers, Party City, World Market, Crate & Barrel, Pier 1, Penny, Sears, and Rite Aid."
8. "On or about January 25, 2010, in Incline Village, Nevada, Duncan Hunter spent $1,008.72 in campaign funds at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino for food, drinks, and three nights lodging during a personal ski trip with Individual 14. On this day, the Hunter family bank account had a negative balance and incurred six separate insufficient funds fees (totaling $198). Also on this same day, Duncan Hunter withdrew $20 from his personal bank account, leaving a balance of $15.02."
9. "On or about April 2, 2010, Duncan Hunter claimed a $257.40 reimbursement from Campaign funds for driving his car on a 468-mile trip to Virginia Beach with Individual 14, Congressman A, and Congressman A's date despite the fact that they did not use Duncan car on the trip."
10. "On or about May 19, 2010, in Santee, California, Margaret Hunter spent $307.72 in campaign funds at Target to purchase a tablecloth, three square pillows, a three-piece brush set, a metal tray, four temporary shades, four window panels, a white duck, two Punky Brewster items, a ring pop, and two five-packs of 'animals.' In order to conceal and disguise this illegal charge, Hunter falsely told the Treasurer that it was for 'teacher/parent supporter events.'"
11. "On or about September 13, 2010, in San Diego, California, Duncan Hunter spent $164.29 in Campaign funds for, among other things, a round of golf and beer at Riverwalk Golf Club with Individual 1A. When asked by the Treasurer if this expenditure (among several others) was campaign related, Duncan Hunter falsely responded, 'Yessir- All good.'"
12. "On or about December 22, 2010, after the Treasurer again warned the Hunters that 'campaign funds may not be used for a leisure outing' even if campaign business is occasionally discussed, Margaret Hunter told the Treasurer that she refused to provide the names of individuals she allegedly took out for meals with campaign funds because 'that's silly.'"
13. "On or about June 17, 2011 in La Mesa, California, Duncan Hunter spent $142.36 in campaign funds at the Men's Wearhouse to 're-cut' two pairs of pants. When this charge was uncovered by the Treasurer, Duncan Hunter falsely explained the charge: 'Lol. Men's warehouse was a possible semi-embarrassment that I had to let ride. I used the wrong card, then didn't want to explain the forced refund...'"
14. "On or about August 6 to 10, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada and elsewhere, the Hunters spent $2,448.27 in campaign funds on a personal vacation with Individuals 3A and 3B. During this vacation, the HUNTER family bank account began incurring insufficient funds fees until a check from Duncan parents was deposited into the account on August 10."
15. "On or about September 12, 2011, despite opposition by his Treasurer and individuals in his Washington, DC. office, Duncan Hunter hired Margaret Hunter as his 'Campaign Manager' at a salary of $2,000 per month."
16. "On or about September 16 to 19, 2011, in Boise, Idaho and elsewhere, the Hunters spent an additional $640.05 in Campaign funds for a family vacation centered on a family member's participation in a dance competition."
17. "On or about February 8 and 16, 2012, the Hunters spent $306.80 in campaign funds at United Airlines for additional charges related to a ticket for Margaret's mother to fly from San Diego to Chicago. In response to whether the charge was campaign related, Duncan Hunter told his Treasurer: 'Yes sir.'"
18. "On or about October 30, 2012, following an article in the San Diego Reader publicizing Margaret's salary and various expense reimbursements, Duncan Hunter relieved her of her formal duties with the campaign. Although the campaign was in dire financial condition, and had just canceled a pre-election mailer due to insufficient funds, Duncan Hunter continued to pay Margaret Hunter a salary from campaign funds and allowed her to keep her campaign credit card."
19. "On or about December 13, 2013, in Reston, Virginia, Duncan Hunter spent $63.57 in campaign funds at Best Buy to purchase a pair of gloves and a car charger for an upcoming trip to Pittsburgh."
20. "On or about December 30, 2013, after considering the benefits of bringing more money to the household on a basis, Duncan Hunter hired Margaret Hunter back as Campaign Manager at a salary of $2,500 per month (although the Campaign ended up actually paying her $3,000 per month)."
21. "On or about July 9, 2014, the Hunters spent $250 in campaign funds at United Airlines to fly a family pet to Washington, DC. for a family vacation."
22. "On or about October 22, 2014, in San Diego, California, Duncan Hunter spent $204.34 in campaign funds for two greens fees, food, and drinks at the Rancho Bernardo Golf Resort, during a personal golf outing with friends, including Individual 1A. To conceal and disguise his illegal activity, he misled his Chief of Staff by describing his regular golf outing with Individual 1A as 'a Christian thing' with a supporter."
23. "On or about March 20, 2015, when Duncan Hunter told Margaret Hunter that he was planning 'to buy my Hawaii shorts' but had run out of money, she counseled him to buy the shorts at a golf pro shop so that they could falsely describe the purchase later as 'some [golf] balls for the wounded warriors.'"
24. "On or about July 29, 2015, in Chula Vista, California, Margaret Hunter spent $253.62 in Campaign funds at SeaWorld's Aquatica Family Waterpark to entertain family members. To conceal and disguise this illegal payment, she suggested to the Treasurer that the charges should be classified as an 'educational tour' as they were related to a 'daylong entrance and educational meet on their issues and programs.'"
25. "On or about August 17, 2015, Margaret Hunter spent $152.25 in campaign funds at to make an online purchase of cosmetics. To conceal and disguise this illegal charge, she falsely told the Treasurer that the charge was for 'gift basket items Boys and Girls Clubs of San Diego.'"
26. "On or about September 26, 2015, in Anaheim, California, the Hunters spent $229.44 in Campaign funds at Disneyland's Star Trader shop on gifts, including two Minnie Mouse Ear headbands, a Star Wars droid knit beanie, and a raglan-sleeve black-and-gray Star Wars girls T-shirt. In order to conceal and disguise this transaction, Margaret Hunter falsely informed the Treasurer that the charge was for 'food/bev.'"
27. "On or about November 23, 2015 in an attempt to justify the use of campaign funds to pay for the family's trip to Italy, Duncan Hunter attempted to set up a day tour of a US naval facility in Italy. After Navy officials responded that they could only provide a tour on a particular date, Duncan Hunter said he would discuss the proposed date with Margaret Hunter, then subsequently told his Chief of Staff, 'tell the Navy to go f*** themselves [no alteration in original],' and no tour occurred."
28. "On or about February 1, 2016, in response to questions raised by the Treasurer for about ten months, Margaret Hunter falsely claimed for the first time that the Steam Games charges were fraudulent."
29. "On or about March 4, 2016, in Washington, DC, Duncan Hunter spent $462.46 in Campaign funds for 30 shots of tequila and one steak at El Tamarindo restaurant during Individual 8's bachelor party."
30. "On or about December 31, 2016, in Alpine, California, Duncan Hunter authorized Margaret Hunter to continue receiving a salary for purportedly being the Campaign Manager."

 

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16 hours ago, Craig234 said:

More terrible behavior by a Republican - but this sort of personal corruption that neither party is free of is far less than the broader corruption of the Republican Party to its donors to supprt their harmful agenda.

 

You know who are real crooks? Bernie and Jane Sanders & family.

 

$700,000 drained from a college bankrupted by Jane Sanders that went to her and her daughter. A Federal bank fraud investigation is ongoing in that case.

 

Now the Sanders Institute has been caught paying Jane's son $100,000 a year of a do-nothing job at an "institute" that's just a front for the personal enrichment of the Sanders clan.

 

Pretty stinky.

 

Hopefully Ducan Hunter, Chris Collins, Manafort, Trump, et al. end up as prison mates. Jane will probably need to go to a women's prison. Maybe she could bunk with Margaret Hunter? 

 

Bill

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, SpyCar said:

 

You know who are real crooks? Bernie and Jane Sanders & family.

 

$700,000 drained from a college bankrupted by Jane Sanders that went to her and her daughter. A Federal bank fraud investigation is ongoing in that case.

 

Now the Sanders Institute has been caught paying Jane's son $100,000 a year of a do-nothing job at an "institute" that's just a front for the personal enrichment of the Sanders clan.

 

Pretty stinky.

 

Hopefully Ducan Hunter, Chris Collins, Manafort, Trump, et al. end up as prison mates. Jane will probably need to go to a women's prison. Maybe she could bunk with Margaret Hunter? 

 

Bill

Are you capable of posting any thoughts at all without going on a 3-paragraph screed about Bernie Sanders?  Believe it or not, there are other things to discuss....

 

Also, please post the links to where anyone in the Sanders family was convicted of anything.  I'll wait.  :D 

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7 minutes ago, RollingRock said:

Are you capable of posting any thoughts at all without going on a 3-paragraph screed about Bernie Sanders?  Believe it or not, there are other things to discuss....

 

Also, please post the links to where anyone in the Sanders family was convicted of anything.  I'll wait.  :D 

 

We need a Mueller-type figure on the case. The Sanders Crime Family is very dirty.

 

They are just low-level grifters compared with Trump.

 

Are you now defending the $200,000 golden parachute Jane took? Or the $500,000 paid to her daughter for teaching "woodworking?"

 

Or the $100,000 a year being paid to Jane's son for doing nothing?

 

And now the allegations Jane skimmed money from Bernie's ad buys.

 

You are a hypocrite if you blow off this sort of grifting. You are starting to sound like Golfboy.

 

Bill

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Bill

Your obsessions are taking over your life, chuckles.  

 

Let.  It.  Go.

 

So you have no links showing that either Bernie or Jane has been convicted of anything, huh?  :huh:  I thought as much.....

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Just now, RollingRock said:

Your obsessions are taking over your life, chuckles.  

 

Let.  It.  Go.

 

No freeking way am I letting the complicity of the left in electing Donald J Trump "go."

 

I know it would be convenient for you not to be called for you sh*t (and god knows you'd never own up to your actions yourself), but you idiots are preparing for a repeat performance. I know it and you know it.

 

I will resist you fascist-enabling populists. You suck.

 

Bill

 

 

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3 minutes ago, RollingRock said:

Your obsessions are taking over your life, chuckles.  

 

Let.  It.  Go.

 

So you have no links showing that either Bernie or Jane has been convicted of anything, huh?  :huh:  I thought as much.....

He can't.  Somewhere deep in his diseased mind he knows that Billary is the reason we ended up with Trump, she was such a lousy candidate she LOST TO DONALD TRUMP.  His bitterness is more than he can bear, so he's flailing.

 

Poor thing.

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11 minutes ago, splunch said:

He can't.  Somewhere deep in his diseased mind he knows that Billary is the reason we ended up with Trump, she was such a lousy candidate she LOST TO DONALD TRUMP.  His bitterness is more than he can bear, so he's flailing.

 

Poor thing.

 

Let's roll out all the rat-f*cking anti-liberal trolls like "Ivan" here for all to see.

 

The assh*les who didn't bother to vote against Donald Trump while actively attacking Democrats.

 

Real morons.

 

Bill

 

 

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1 hour ago, SpyCar said:

 

You know who are real crooks? Bernie and Jane Sanders & family.

 

$700,000 drained from a college bankrupted by Jane Sanders that went to her and her daughter. A Federal bank fraud investigation is ongoing in that case.

 

 

What do you mean, "drained"?  All I see online is an accusation that Sanders overstated donations so the college could buy a piece of property.

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addendum: never mind, found it

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13 minutes ago, SpyCar said:

 

Let's roll out all the rat-f*cking anti-liberal trolls like "Ivan" here for all to see.

 

The assh*les who didn't bother to vote against Donald Trump while actively attacking Democrats.

 

Real morons.

 

Bill

 

 

Awwww, Bill doesn't wikey people who won't vote the way he says they should...pouty pouty.

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8 minutes ago, DemoMan said:

 

What do you mean, "drained"?  All I see online is an accusation that Sanders overstated donations so the college could buy a piece of property.

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addendum: never mind, found it

 

Jane Sander took a $200,000 "golden parachute" after driving the college into bankruptcy as she was being fired from her post. She is alleged to have lied about the school's financial solvency and donations in order to secure a bank loan.

 

That's bank fraud: A Federal crime. A felony of the same sort Manafort was charged with.

 

As Burlington college was failing, Jane Sanders paid her daughter $500,000 to teach woodworking.

 

Her son, David Driscoll, is now getting $100,000 a year for a do-nothing job at the Sanders "Institute," which is ripping off a charity.

 

These folks are crooks.

 

Notice how Bernie (who used to rail about "millionaires and billionaires") now only rails at billionaires, now that he's a millionaire?

 

Bill

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11 minutes ago, SpyCar said:

 

Jane Sander took a $200,000 "golden parachute" after driving the college into bankruptcy as she was being fired from her post.


Well, as reprehensible as that may be, if it was in her contract, it's not illegal.

 

YOU:    She is alleged to have lied about the school's financial solvency and donations in order to secure a bank loan.

 

I saw that, but what would have been her illicit motive in getting a loan for the college to buy property?

 

YOU:    As Burlington college was failing, Jane Sanders paid her daughter $500,000 to teach woodworking.

 

Yes, including materials and space rental, over a number of years, but that certainly does seem way high.  I have no idea what a reasonable cost would be.

 

YOU:    Her son, David Driscoll, is now getting $100,000 a year for a do-nothing job at the Sanders "Institute," which is ripping off a charity.

 

It certainly looks like the "Institute"is a clusterfuck of incompetence.  Getting paid to do a bad job isn't an intentional, criminal "rip off", though.

 

YOU:    Notice how Bernie (who used to rail about "millionaires and billionaires") now only rails at billionaires, now that he's a millionaire?

 

I don't see any of this devolving to Bernie himself, though.  It all seems to be the wife.

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