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Indicted Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) will plead guilty on Tuesday to at least one charge in the campaign finance case he faces, the San Diego Union Tribune reported.

Hunter was indicted for illegally using hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds for personal expenses, such as a family vacation to Italy, his children’s private school tuition, and home repairs, among other things. Hunter was also accused of using campaign cash on mistresses, some of whom were members of his staff.

Hunter — one of the first sitting members of Congress to endorse Donald Trump in the 2016 election — had professed his innocence, claiming he was being prosecuted as part of a political witch hunt. He threw his wife, Margaret, under the bus, saying she was at fault for the misuse of campaign funds.

However, his wife had already pleaded guilty to the scheme back in June.

The San Diego Union Tribune reported that Hunter claims he is pleading guilty because of his children.

“It’s important not to have a public trial for three reasons, and those three reasons are my kids,” Hunter told a local news station, according to the newspaper.

It is unclear whether Hunter plans to resign from Congress after his guilty plea.

Hunter is now the second Republican member of Congress to plead guilty to a federal crime this year.

Former Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) pleaded guilty to insider trading, and subsequently resigned from Congress.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)