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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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Trump announces Rudy Giuliani ‘wants to go before Congress’ and testify about his Ukraine dealings

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President Donald Trump on Saturday said that his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, wanted to testify before Congress.

Speaking to reporters as he departed for a Republican fundraiser in Florida, Trump praised the former New York City mayor.

"Rudy, as you know, has been one of the great crime fighters of the last 50 years," Trump said of his lawyer, who is reportedly under federal investigation for breaking the law.

"And, he did get back from Europe just recently and I know -- he has not told me what he found, but I think he wants to go before Congress and say, and also to the attorney general and the Department of Justice," Trump said.

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GOP governors are refusing to do Trump’s bidding and ducking him on the campaign trail: report

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On Saturday, Maggie Haberman of The New York Times profiled how President Donald Trump is having less luck whipping Republican governors into line than Republican senators, including governors who arguably owe their election to his support.

"In Florida, Mr. Trump’s aides helped save the flailing candidacy of Ron DeSantis in the 2018 Republican primary, and then the general election," wrote Haberman. "Also last year, in Georgia, Mr. Trump helped pull Brian Kemp over the finish line in both the primary and the general election. In both cases, Mr. Trump’s advisers implored him to stay out of the primaries, and he agreed to — only to surprise his aides by jumping in to support Mr. DeSantis and Mr. Kemp."

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Courts have avoided refereeing between Congress and the president — Trump may change all that

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President Donald Trump’s refusal to hand over records to Congress and allow executive branch employees to provide information and testimony to Congress during the impeachment battle is the strongest test yet of legal principles that over the past 200 years have not yet been fully defined by U.S. courts.

It’s not the first test: Struggles over power among the political branches predate our Constitution. The framers chose not to, and probably could not, fully resolve them.

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