First Two GOP Congressmen To Endorse Trump Have Pleaded Guilty To Federal Crimes
The first two Republican members of Congress to endorse Donald Trump for the presidency in 2016 have now pleaded guilty to federal crimes, according to The Week.
Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), the very first GOP congressman to back Trump, pleaded guilty to insider trading charges in October and resigned his office. And on Monday, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) — the second Republican in the House to endorse the president — indicated he would plead guilty to campaign finance charges on Tuesday and hinted that he would also step down from his position.
Both Hunter and his wife, Margaret, were accused in 2018 of using campaign funds for personal expenses, including vacations, gas, groceries, school lunches and oral surgery. Hunter also allegedly used the money to fund extramarital affairs with at least five women, The Week noted.
The publication also recalled that although Trump did not have anything to do with the crimes to which the lawmakers pleaded guilty, he did complain about their indictments.
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“Two long running, Obama era, investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department. Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time. Good job Jeff......”