Protesters chant 'lock him up' at Duncan Hunter arraignment

Protesters chant 'lock him up' at Duncan Hunter arraignment
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Protesters chanted "lock him up" at California Rep. Duncan HunterDuncan HunterDCCC reserves new ad buys in competitive districts, adds new members to 'Red to Blue' program Wife of former Rep. Duncan Hunter sentenced to 8 months of home confinement Harris endorses Democrat in tight California House race MORE (R) on Thursday as Hunter arrived at a federal courthouse to plead not guilty on charges of misusing campaign funds.

Video of Hunter's arrival at the courthouse on Thursday morning shows Hunter walking quickly past dozens of protesters chanting an altered version of "lock her up," the chant popularized by President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE's supporters against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton after debate: 'Everyone better vote' Hillary Clinton: 'Black Lives Matter' is 'very profoundly a theological statement' House in near-unanimous vote affirms peaceful transfer of power MORE during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Hunter was an early endorser of Trump.

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Hunter could be heard telling reporters that he "feel[s] good" walking into the courthouse despite the shouts and jeers from demonstrators, who lined the sidewalk outside the U.S District Court in San Diego.

Hunter and his wife entered pleas of not guilty on Thursday after the Justice Department charged the two this week with using campaign funds for personal expenditures, including a family trip to Italy.

Their next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 4, according to local news reports, and the California lawmaker's bail was set at $15,000.

As he left the courtroom, the congressman was followed closely by protesters as demonstrators chanted "shame!" and "shame on you" at Hunter, who was obscured from cameras by protest signs including signs supporting his Democratic challenger, Ammar Campa-Najjar.

Hunter is facing the possibility of being forcibly removed from his House committee posts after he defied calls this week from Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanBiden's debate game plan? Keep cool and win Trump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose RNC chair on election: We are on track to win the White House MORE (R-Wis.) to step down from his assignments amid the investigation.

"The charges against Rep. Hunter are deeply serious," Ryan previously said in a statement on Tuesday. "Now that he has been indicted, Rep. Hunter will be removed from his committee assignments pending the resolution of this matter.”