House Coast Guard Subcommittee Chairman In Trouble

Representative Duncan Duane Hunter, Official Portrait

Defense News reports, 

The Tuesday indictment of Rep. Duncan Hunter on corruption charges could have an impact on a number of defense-related pet projects for the Republican lawmaker, including the potential sale of military drones to Jordan.

The indictment charges that Hunter and his wife, Margaret, who served as a campaign consultant, stole more than $250,000 in campaign funds to pay for overseas vacations, bar tabs, dental work and other personal purchases, despite objections from staff.

Hunter, a 41-year-old California Republican, has repeatedly denied the charges, and indicated Wednesday he intends to continue to run for re-election in November.

But following his indictment, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., announced that Hunter’s committee assignments would be revoked while the criminal case is pending (emphasis applied, Chuck) — including his seat on the House Armed Services Committee.

I hate to see this happen. As chair of the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, Representative Hunter has been a strong advocate for the Coast Guard. With funding for the Icebreaker in the balance it is a bad time to weaken a strong pro-Coast Guard voice. 

5 thoughts on “House Coast Guard Subcommittee Chairman In Trouble

  1. Is Paul Ryan planning to put a Interim Chair in place or put the Committee on Indefinite Hold until the problem is resolved…

  2. This is off subject but what is the deal with the USCGC Kimball? The ship was under going builder trials in December 2017. But there is no new information about when she is to be delivered to the Coast Guard. Even the ships Facebook page is vague about information, other than the crew seems to be doing a lot of TAD duty around the fleet.

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