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Stivers: NRCC will continue to support Duncan Hunter

Stivers: NRCC will continue to support Duncan Hunter
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National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversHouse panel spars over GameStop frenzy, trading apps Former Ohio GOP chairwoman Jane Timken launches Senate bid Ohio businessman Mike Gibbons steps down from super PAC as he weighs Senate bid MORE (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that it will continue to support Rep. Duncan HunterDuncan HunterTrust, transparency, and tithing is not enough to sustain democracy Presidential pardons need to go Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon MORE (R-Calif.) despite the congressman's recent indictment for allegedly misusing $250,000 in campaign funds.

Hunter and his wife pleaded not guilty to 60 counts against them, including charges that they falsified campaign finance reports and used campaign funds for personal reasons like trips to Italy and Hawaii, his family's dental work, and his children's tuition.

The Hunters also allegedly spent thousands of dollars spent on "fast food, movie tickets, golf outings, video games, coffee, groceries, home utilities, and expensive meals," according to the Department of Justice.

The Cook Political Report shifted its rating on Hunter's seat to "Lean Republican" from "Solid Republican" after the indictments.

While Democrats are hoping to pick up Hunter's seat, a recent poll conducted for the Union-Tribune by SurveyUSA showed the embattled Republican with an 8-point lead over his Democratic opponent, Ammar Campa-Najjar.

Hunter's legal team has questioned the timing of the investigation's conclusion, noting that the DOJ's more than two-year probe had wrapped up weeks after the June primary and ahead of the election in November.

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Under California law, Hunter's name cannot be taken off the ballot.

President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE blasted the Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsManchin flexes muscle in 50-50 Senate Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' Ocasio-Cortez targets Manchin over Haaland confirmation MORE and the DOJ in a tweet Monday that was widely seen as referring to the indictments for Hunter, as well as a separate case involving Rep. Chris CollinsChristopher (Chris) Carl CollinsPresidential pardons need to go Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Pardon talk intensifies as Trump approaches final 24 hours in office MORE (R-N.Y), who is facing charges of insider trading.

“Two long running, Obama era investigations of two very popular Republican Congressman were brought to a well-publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department,” he tweeted on Monday. “Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time. Good job Jeff.”

 
Regarding Collins, Stivers noted has decided not to seek reelection, but said he is hopeful a GOP candidate will retain the seat in November.

"Well, as you know, Chris Collins has decided to not run again, and that was his decision," Stivers told The Hill. "In America, everybody's still innocent until proven guilty and you know the voters also get to make up their mind in November. So you know I think it they'll both work out one way or the other."