Hunter pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to abuse campaign funds after prosecutors said he and his wife, Margaret, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to conspiracy to abuse campaign capital and had been expected to testify against him”transformed and uttered ” over the usual quarter-million dollars in campaign funds.
“Soon after the Holidays I shall resign from Congress,” Hunter said in a brief announcement. “It’s been an honor to serve the people of California’s 50th District, and I deeply value the trust they’ve placed in me over the past 11 decades.”
The statement came one day after the House Ethics Committee cautioned that he”ought to refrain from voting” on the home floor after his plea.
The case against Hunter contained documentation of effort cash used for family excursions to Hawaii and Italy, plane rides for alleged and relatives romantic flings with lobbyists and congressional aides.
The district, one of several remaining Republican huge city congressional districts between Los Angeles along with the boundary, overlapped using a since-redrawn district represented with his namesake father for almost 3 years.
Hunter’s resignation goal of about January signifies Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom may leave the seat empty until after the Nov. 2020 complete election, call for a special election, or combine a particular election using the March primary.
Hunter faces up to five years behind bars when he is sentenced in March.
After his indictment this past year, Hunter claimed that he was the victim of a political witch hunt. But on Tuesday he said, “I neglected to track and account for my effort.