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Indicted GOP Rep. Hunter Misused Campaign Funds For Extramarital Affairs

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

Republican Rep. Duncan D. Hunter of California has been alleging that his legal programs are politically motivated and that he is being persecuted by “the deep state.” And the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), according to USA Today reporter Brad  Heath, is asking a judge to prohibit the 42-year-old California congressman from offering evidence of alleged political biases in his case.

Hunter became the target of a DOJ investigation for alleged campaign finance violations in 2017, and the following year, he and his wife, Margaret Hunter, were both indicted on campaign finance charges as well as charges of conspiracy and wire fraud. His wife pled guilty to illegal use of campaign donations earlier this month, but the congressman has continued to fight the charges he is facing.

According to Heath, the DOJ is asking a judge to bar Hunter from “offering evidence or argument concerning alleged political biases or motives of the prosecution team” and making public statements that could “poison the pool of potential jurors.”

In a Twitter thread, Heath notes that the congressman considers the DOJ “the deep state” despite the fact that it is presently being run by appointees of President Donald Trump. During an August 2018 interview, he described his legal problems as “modern politics and modern media mixed in with law enforcement that has a political agenda. That’s the new Department of Justice.”

On Twitter, Heath notes, “DOJ basically says @rep_hunter should raise his allegation of political bias properly, in a motion to dismiss, or shut up.” Heath’s thread goes on to note some of the things Hunter is accused of — for example, Heath writes, “the Justice Department filed a notice saying Rep. Duncan Hunter illegally used campaign funds to pay for ‘intimate’ encounters with several women, and prosecutors want a judge’s permission to tell jurors about those romances.”

Prosecutors have accused Hunter of illegally spending campaign donations on a wide variety of personal expenses. The congressman allegedly had a series of extramarital affairs (including affairs with three different lobbyists and a GOP aide), and he is accused of using campaign funds in connection with some of those affairs. He is accused of spending over $200 in campaign money to take one of those aides to the pricy H Street Country Club in Washington, D.C.

Previously, Margaret Hunter was the treasurer for her husband’s campaigns. And according to the indictment against them, he and his wife used campaign funds for personal expenses that ranged from ski trips, hotel stays, tickets to football games and European vacations to golfing and meals in expensive restaurants like Spago in Los Angeles. In addition, the DOJ alleges, they paid for airline tickets for friends and relatives.

 

A DOJ indictment against the couple alleges, “To conceal and disguise these illegal personal charges, the Hunters failed to inform the treasurer that they were for a football game or that a family member was one of the attendees. When asked if the charges were campaign related, Duncan Hunter falsely confirmed, ‘Yessir.’”

IMAGE: Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and his wife Margaret.

Feinstein Urges Delay After New Sexual Misconduct Allegation Against Kavanaugh

The New Yorker reported on Sunday night that Senate Democrats are investigating a second accusation of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Reported by staff writers Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer, the story includes an extensive interview with Deborah Ramirez, 53, who says the incident occurred during their freshman year together at Yale University.

Ramirez agreed to be interviewed when the magazine contacted her. She said that she recalls a drunken dormitory party where Kavanaugh thrust his exposed penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away. Kavanaugh denied that the incident ever occurred, calling it a “smear” in a statement distributed by the White House.

According to the New Yorker, the story has spurred controversy among their Yale classmates, some of whom supported Ramirez’s  account while others backed Kavanaugh’s denial.

But as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepared to hear testimony this week from Kavanaugh’s first accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, at least one of its members asked Sunday night that any further action be postponed pending a full investigation of both charges.

“I am writing to request an immediate postponement of any further proceedings related to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh,” wrote Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the ranking Democrat on Judiciary, in a letter to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the committee chair. “I also ask that the newest allegations of sexual misconduct be referred to the FBI for investigation….We need a fair, independent process that will gather all the facts, interview all the witnesses, and ensure that the Committee receives a full and impartial report.”

Kavanaugh is already under heavy scrutiny following Ford’s accusation that he assaulted her in an attempted rape during a drunken high school party when both were teenagers in suburban Maryland. He categorically denied ever attending the party described by Ford or participating in any such attack.

Lara Trump: ‘We’re Sad’ To See Alleged Sexual Abuser Wynn Resign From RNC

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

The Republican reaction to now-former RNC finance co-chair Steve Wynn’s sexual misconduct scandal went from hypocritical to absurd on Monday when Lara Trump, Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law and senior campaign adviser, said she was “sorry” to see Wynn leave his post.

When news broke that gambling mogul Wynn is facing multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, including rape, Republicans were remarkably silent about all the cash he had raised for them as the Republican National Committee finance co-chair. Wynn resigned from his position after a full day of press coverage and tanking stock prices.

But even after his resignation, the RNC refused to comment on the allegations, or on the disposition of the funds he had raised. And if Lara Trump is to be believed, that resignation was accepted only reluctantly.

In an interview on Fox Business Network’s Mornings with Maria, host Maria Bartiromo asked Trump — who is married to Eric Trump — for her “take” on the “bad news” of Wynn’s resignation.

Trump responded by praising “amazing” RNC chair Ronna Romney McDaniel for accepting Wynn’s resignation.

Billy Graham’s Granddaughter Calls Out Right-Wing Evangelicals For Excusing Trump

Jerushah Armfield, granddaughter of famed evangelist Billy Graham, criticized both President Donald Trump and the evangelicals who support him in a Friday CNN appearance.

She began by attacking evangelicals for excusing Trump’s awful behavior under the guise of forgiveness.

“In order to forgive somebody, that individual needs to repent and apologize,” she told host Jim Scuitto. “And I don’t think America has seen that from our president in any scenario, really.”

Scuitto asked whether evangelicals, including her uncle Franklin Graham and grandfather, would be as lenient if former President Barack Obama had an extramarital affair with a porn star. “I think we all know the answer to that,” Armfield responded, dismissing her own relatives as “these evangelicals.”

Armfield later said that she wished evangelicals who support Trump’s policies on subjects like abortion would have the decency to say his behavior “disgusts” them, because they are “sending the wrong message to the world about what Christianity is.”

Watch the clip below.