Ammar Campa-Najjar thrust into spotlight after Duncan Hunter indictment

California congressman Duncan Hunter and wife charged with corruption

Anti-Gay GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter Indicted for Using $250K in Campaign Funds for Personal Expenses

Trump signaling "green light" for corruption GOP lawmaker accused of misusing campaign funds: My wife handled the money The Hill's Morning Report: Trump's allies turn against him MORE (Calif.), this week after he blamed his wife for their indictment on alleged misuse of campaign funds.

On Tuesday, when asked about the allegations that Hunter's team raised about two prosecutors on the case attending a Clinton campaign event, multiple sources familiar with the matter confirmed that the charging decision was made by US Attorney Adam Braverman, who was appointed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a Republican. "That's the new Department of Justice", he told KGTV in San Diego.

Now, Duncan is attempting a new approach, blaming his wife for the massive campaign finance fraud. Joe Trippi, a Democratic strategist working for Campa-Najjar, said the campaign has seen a spike in fundraising and volunteers.

Among the personal expenses they allegedly funded with campaign cash were family vacations to locations such as Hawaii and Italy, along with school tuition and smaller purchases such as golf outings, movie tickets, video games, coffee and expensive meals.

Hunter, who is running for re-election in November, said the charges were politically motivated.

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.

He also said that his wife handled most of the family expenses when he was first deployed to Iraq in 2003 and that she continued to manage them when he joined Congress. This veteran, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the situation's sensitivity, said that Hunter appreciated being able to swap war stories with others who have served in combat.

"The Hill reports: "Hunter allegedly falsified campaign records filed to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to hide the purchases by mischaracterizing the expenses as "'campaign travel, ' 'dinner with volunteers/contributors, ' 'toy drives, ' 'teacher/parent and supporter events, ' 'gift cards" for charitable donations, and 'gift basket items, ' among other false descriptions", the DOJ said...

But in their headline about him, Fox News chose to lead with a much more inflammatory point: that he is the grandson of a Black September terrorist who helped plot the 1972 Munich Olympic attack.

"I wonder what else they will get on him", Wilmot said outside a coffee shop near the town's business strip, where pickup trucks rolled by feed stores, diners and gun shops. "This is pure politics." he said. "I didn't use campaign money, especially for Wounded Warriors, there's no way". "They've had a year and a half to do this". "I paid back $60,000 after I did an objective audit".

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