Hunter Faces the Music, Bloomberg News

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End Of The Line

The Headline

California Rep. Duncan Hunter accepts plea deal

The Grind

Speaking with local TV station KUSI, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) said he had made a deal to plead guilty to accusations that he misused campaign donations.

“It’s important not to have a public trial for three reasons,” said Hunter. “And those three reasons are my kids.”

Hunter was indicted in August 2018. According to prosecutors, he and his wife Margaret used more than $250,000 in campaign funds to pay for dental bills, vacations, school tuition, and cross-country transportation for their pet rabbit, Eggburt. Hunter has also been accused of having several extramarital affairs.

Margaret accepted a plea deal this summer after testifying against her husband.

The Details

At the start of the case, Hunter denied all charges and his lawyers accused the prosecution of trying to embarrass him.

It is unclear what Hunter’s sentence will be, but the plea deal is expected to end his career as a politician.

“My office is going to remain open,” said Hunter. “I’ve got a great staff. We’re going to handle people’s cases, and we’re going to pass it off to whoever takes this seat next.”

On Monday, Hunter told reporters his “only hope” is that Margaret does not receive jail time. “I think my kids need a mom in the home,” he said.



Access Denied

The Headline

Trump 2020 campaign rejects Bloomberg News

The Grind

The Trump 2020 campaign this week announced it would refuse credentials to any reporter working for Bloomberg News – the outlet owned by rival candidate Michael Bloomberg.

Bloomberg News promised to halt criticism of Democratic candidates during the primaries, but said it would continue to investigate the Trump Administration, run opinion polls on the race, and interview candidates.

Trump considers this statement an admission of political bias.

“Since they have declared their bias openly, the Trump campaign will no longer credential representatives of Bloomberg News for rallies or other campaign events,” said Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale. “We will determine whether to engage with individual reporters or answer inquiries from Bloomberg News on a case-by-case basis.”

The Details

The Republican National Committee responded to Trump’s decision by promising to take similar action against Bloomberg News: “Media outlets should be independent and fair, and this decision proves that Bloomberg News is neither,” said RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.

Bloomberg News insists its reporting is purely objective. “We have covered Donald Trump fairly and in an unbiased way since he became a candidate in 2015 and will continue to do so despite the restrictions imposed by the Trump campaign,” said Editor-in-chief John Micklethwait.

This is not the first time Trump has revoked credentials to news outlets. In 2016, his campaign denied access to journalists working for Politico, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and the Washington Post.



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