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Another early Trump supporter, Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Collins of NY, ended his re-election bid this month, days after his indictment on insider trading charges.

The Justice Department filed a 60-count indictment Tuesday against the Hunters on charges including wire fraud and filing false reports with the FEC for allegedly using $250,000 in campaign donor money for personal expenditures such as ski weekends, bar tabs, dentists' bills, school tuition for their three children, and vacations in Italy and London.

Politico's Jake Sherman and a panel of reporters on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" had a good time mocking Representative Duncan Hunter Jr. for blaming his campaign finance and conspiracy indictment on his wife.

Hunter easily finished first in a June primary and established himself as a strong favorite to hold onto California's 50th Congressional District in San Diego and Riverside counties.

He also spent $238 in December 2013 while watching a San Diego Chargers game at a Washington-area restaurant with another unnamed congressman, the indictment alleges.

Vega called the charges against his client "politically motivated" by prosecutors who supported former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race against then-candidate Donald Trump.

Hunter and his wife were accused this week by the Justice Department of misusing thousands of dollars in campaign funds on personal trips, dental work, and worldwide travel for almost a dozen of his relatives.

"This is called a vaporizer", Hunter said, puffing a cloud out from the device.

During his Fox appearance, Hunter argued that numerous trips in question were political fundraisers.

But his Democrat opponent s Ammar Campa-Najjar, 29, a Palestinian-Mexican-American, is gaining ground.

He did acknowledge that his campaign, led by his wife and campaign manager Margaret Hunter, made "mistakes" but maintained that he was not responsible for any improper spending.

"The congressman was pressed about a specific accusation: "that he wanted to buy a pair of shorts during a Hawaii vacation but didn't have the money, so his wife told him to buy the clothing at a golf shop and describe the purchase later as "[golf] balls for the wounded warriors".

The House Ethics Committee had investigated allegations that Hunter improperly used campaign funds to pay for tens of thousands of dollars in personal expenses.

Hunter's office has said that one of the charges he repaid to the campaign account was a $600 fee for flying a pet bunny with his family.

Hunter in the interview said he gave his wife power of attorney when he deployed as a Marine to Iraq in 2003 and that she has handled his finances throughout his five terms in office.



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