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New details on family trip to Italy emerge in Rep. Hunter case

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Posted at 9:27 PM, Jul 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-10 11:13:03-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A 2015 trip Duncan Hunter and his family reportedly took to Italy was a personal vacation unrelated to his work as a member of Congress, according to new court documents.

The documents state that Hunter proposed and then canceled a visit to a base in or around Naples, Italy “in conjunction with the hunter family vacation.”

According to the documents, “Hunter’s primary motive in attempting to schedule the November 2015 visit to a base was to generate a pretextual purpose so that he could misrepresent his personal use of campaign funds for the family vacation.”

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The court documents are dated Tuesday and come one day after a federal judge Monday denied Rep. Hunter’s request to dismiss a 60-count indictment that accuses the Congressman of misusing campaign funds.

Hunter is accused of spending the funds on personal expenses, including family trips.

In June, Hunter’s wife, Margaret Hunter, changed her plea to guilty in a plea deal with the federal government.

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As part of the deal, Margaret will testify against her husband in his upcoming September trial.