Hunter rips 'new' DOJ: 'We’re excited about going to trial'

Hunter rips 'new' DOJ: 'We’re excited about going to trial'
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California Rep. Duncan HunterDuncan Duane HunterTrump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency Indicted GOP lawmaker to stay on ballot in New York this fall: report Hoyer lays out government reform blueprint MORE (R) says that he and his wife are "excited" to go to trial to prove their innocence, accusing the Justice Department of carrying out a "political agenda" in an interview.

Hunter told local California ABC affiliate 10News that the Justice Department, which is led by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHillicon Valley: Trump cyber strategy lets US go on offense | AT&T urges court to let Time Warner merger stand | Conservatives want wife of DOJ official to testify | Facebook, nonprofits team up to fight fake news | DC camera hacker pleads guilty Vote Democrat in midterms to rein in Trump, preserve justice Sessions limits ability of judges to dismiss deportation cases MORE, constitutes the "Democrats' arm of law enforcement." 

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He and his wife are accused of using campaign contributions for personal expenses totaling as much as $250,000.

“We’re excited about going to trial with this, frankly,” Hunter said. “This is modern politics and modern media mixed in with law enforcement that has a political agenda. That’s the new Department of Justice.”

“This is the Democrats’ arm of law enforcement, that’s what’s happening right now," Hunter continued. "It’s happening with [President] Trump, it’s happening with me. We’re going to fight through it and win."

"Let them expose themselves for what they are: a politically motivated group of folks,” he added. “I’m not worried. I’m looking forward to it."

Hunter and his wife are expected to be arraigned in court Thursday on the charges, which have already led to House Republican leaders dropping Hunter from several House committees.

"The Ethics Committee deferred its investigation at the request of the Justice Department. Now that he has been indicted, Rep. Hunter will be removed from his committee assignments pending the resolution of this matter," Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP super PAC drops .5 million on Nevada ad campaign Blue wave poses governing risks for Dems Dems seek to rebuild blue wall in Rust Belt contests MORE (R-Wis.) said, adding that the charges were "deeply serious."

Hunter's remarks Wednesday are his first public remarks on the issue. A spokesman initially referred to the charges as "politically motivated" in a statement to The Hill on Tuesday.