U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter said he's "excited about going to trial" for alleged campaign finance violations.
In an interview with Newsy's partner KGTV, Hunter insisted the indictment against him and his wife was "politically motivated."
"This is par for the course. This is modern politics and modern media mixed in with law enforcement that has a political agenda," Hunter said.
The indictment accuses the couple of using more than $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses. The court document details dozens of time the Hunters allegedly misused campaign funds, including spending on family vacations, household goods, theater tickets, restaurant meals and more.
Hunter is running for re-election in November, and even if he changes his tune and later drops out, his name will remain on the ballot as the only Republican candidate.
California law doesn't allow his name to be taken off the ballot, and write-in votes are not allowed in the general election.