California Rep. Duncan Hunter, who pleaded guilty this week to a single count of conspiring with his wife to misuse campaign funds for personal expenses, has said he will resign from Congress.
Hunter, who had previously denied the allegations, terming them as “political witch hunt,” announced Friday he will resign from his 50th Congressional District seat after the holidays.
Hunter and his wife, Margaret Hunter, were charged with 60 criminal counts of campaign finance violations in August last year.
The charges accused the two of misusing $250,000 in campaign funds to purchase trips to Hawaii and Europe, to pay his family’s dental work and school tuition, as well as flying the family’s pet rabbit across the country, among others.
His wife accepted a plea deal in June that called her to testify against her husband.
In a statement, Hunter said, “shortly after the Holidays I will resign from Congress. It has been an honor to serve the people of California’s 50th District, and I greatly appreciate the trust they have put in me over these last 11 years.”
Hunter made the announcement a day after the House Ethics Committee advised him to avoid voting in the House of Representatives going forward.