Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter Says He Will Resign from Congress

Rebekah Sager
December 06, 2019 - 2:24 pm

Rep. Duncan Hunter will resign after the holidays.

“Shortly after the Holidays I will resign from Congress. It has been an honor to serve the people of California’s 50th District, and I greatly appreciate the trust they have put in me over these last 11 years," he said in a statement Friday.

Hunter was in court earlier this week in San Diego to change his plea to guilty to campaign corruption.

Hunter faces a five-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine. He says he's prepared to go to prison. His sentencing is scheduled for March 17. 

For more than a year, Hunter, a former Marine, insisted he was the victim of a political witchhunt. He was indicted along with his wife on five dozen criminal counts, such as wire fraud, conspiracy, and falsifying records.

Prosecutors allege that he and  his wife Margaret, 44, went on costly family trips, and made dozens of personal purchases over the last six years while in office. 

Now he plans to admit to one charge of misusing campaign money.

There's a mixed reaction in Alpine, Hunter's district. 

The 42-year-old says he will abandon his 2020 bid for re-election to Congress but has not said exactly when he will resign his seat.

Legal analysts say they expect the judge in the case to give Hunter a hard time when he changes his plea at the hearing, which is just getting underway.