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Duncan Hunter to plead guilty in corruption case — after years of insisting charges were a ‘witch hunt’

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Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) will change his “not guilty” plea in a federal courtroom on Tuesday morning, the San Diego Union Tribune reports.

According to the Union-Tribune, an announcement for a change of plea hearing was posted on the U.S. District Court docket on Monday, and Hunter’s attorney tells Bloomberg News that his client plans to plead guilty.

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Prosecutors have alleged that Hunter illegally misused campaign contributions to fund personal expenses, including carrying out “a series of intimate relationships” with women who were all involved in politics, including three registered lobbyists and one of his own staff members.

In all, prosecutors say that Hunter and his wife, Margaret Hunter, misused hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations and tried to cover it up by falsifying campaign records.

Although Hunter has long maintained that the charges against him were part of a “political witch hunt” being conducted by his enemies, the California congressman’s legal situation has grown more precarious in recent months. This past summer, Margaret Hunter changed her own plea to “guilty” and seemingly started cooperating with investigators who were pursuing her husband on corruption charges.


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Morning Joe’s Mika: Thousands are dying of COVID-19 because Trump is ‘surrounded by inexperienced suck-ups’

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MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski got right to the point on Tuesday morning by saying people are getting sick and dying in the U.S. because Donald Trump is surrounded by a collection of "suck-ups" who won't tell him the brutal truth about what is happening in the country.

As part of a "Morning Joe" panel discussion on the failings of the Trump administration to head off of the COVID-19 pandemic that is ravaging the country -- despite ample warnings it was on the way -- Brzezinski, as well as co-host Willie Geist, levied some hard accusations against the president and his team.

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MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Mika reveal why Trump likely ignored startlingly accurate COVID-19 memos

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski rebuked President Donald Trump for apparently ignoring startlingly accurate warnings from trade adviser Peter Navarro about the coronavirus pandemic.

Navarro's memos were circulated at the highest levels of government in January and February, but the president downplayed the virus until early March, when statewide lockdowns started wrecking the U.S. economy.

"In one worst-case scenario cited in the memo, Navarro warned that more than half a million Americans could die, and, yet, weeks after that, you had Donald Trump at rallies saying that in April when it warms up, this will miraculously go away," Scarborough said. "Put this in context with, I suppose you could say with 9/11, the memos warning of al-Qaeda attacks using airplanes, maybe missed signals FDR didn't pick up on before Pearl Harbor. I really don't know, though, what parallel there can be, because so many more people are going to die because of these missed signals."

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‘One failure after another’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe busts tragic COVID-19 mistakes Trump keeps trying to deny

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough lamented the repeated failures and missed opportunities by President Donald Trump as he faced the coronavirus outbreak.

The "Morning Joe" host criticized the president for claiming it was not the federal government's job to test Americans for the virus, and instead shifted responsibility to the states and their governors.

"This is a perfect 'the buck stops here' contrast with Donald Trump, saying, 'I am not responsible,'" Scarborough said. "What we can talk about is ventilators, the national Defense Production Act. We could talk about all the ways that Donald Trump keeps trying to pass the buck, keeps trying to say, 'I'm not responsible.'"

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