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President Donald Trump grants full pardon to former Congressman Duncan Hunter

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Posted at 4:17 PM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 19:38:52-05

(KGTV) -- President Donald Trump has granted a full pardon to former Rep. Duncan Hunter, according to the White House Press Secretary.

Hunter pleaded guilty in 2019 to misuse of campaign funds and was sentenced to 11 months in federal prison.

“Mr. Hunter has dedicated much of his adult life to public service. Mr. Hunter represented California’s 50th Congressional District from 2013 to 2020. Prior to his time in Congress, Mr. Hunter was an officer in the United States Marine Corps. Inspired to enlist after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Mr. Hunter saw combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan,” the White House said Tuesday.

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The pardon comes after the request of “many Members of Congress,” the White House added.

The pardon was also supported by former Commissioner of the Federal Election Commission Bradley Smith.

The former lawmaker admitted in 2019 to a conspiracy charge for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars with campaign credit cards on family vacations, restaurant and bar tabs, clothes, and other expenses over the course of several years. He also falsely stated to his staff that the purchases were campaign-related.