Wife of California congressman pleads guilty to corruption charges

Margaret Hunter said that she and husband Rep. Duncan Hunter misused hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds.
1:26 | 06/14/19

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And a surprise twist tonight in the corruption case against congressman Duncan hunter and his wife, Margaret. They're accused of using campaign funds to pay for vacations, to birthday parties for their children. Here's ABC's chief national correspondent Matt Gutman tonight. Reporter: Tonight the stunning reversal -- Have you spoken to your husband? Reporter: Margaret hunter, the wife and former campaign manager for several of her husband's congressional bids, walking into federal court and pleading guilty to using campaign funds for personal use, like a family piggy bank. Prosecutors say she and Republican lawmaker Duncan hunter took more than $200,000 over several years to supplement their upscale lifestyle. More than $10,000 for an Italian vacation. Money for clothes, Uber rides, their child's birthday party, lavish meals with friends, even air transportation for their pet rabbit. Her admission to a single count of conspiracy now potentially opening the door to her testifying against her husband. Lock him up! Reporter: -- Who had repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. But at one point, appearing to blame his wife. She handled my finances throughout my entire military career and that continued on when I got to congress. She was also the campaign manager, so, whatever she did, that will be -- that will be looked at, too, I'm sure, but I didn't do it. Reporter: The trial, David, is set for September. Now, Duncan alleges that this entire case is politically motivated, that the department of justice went after his wife to get to him.

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