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MARGARET HUNTER PLEADS


GUILTY IN CAMPAIGN CASE
Congressman’s wife admits she used thousands of dollars in donations for personal expenses
BY MORGAN COOK investigation. plea, she said, “Yes, sir.”
& JEFF MCDONALD During a change-of-plea U-T WA T C H D O G The admission to a single
hearing in the federal court- criminal count represents a
Years of cavalier spend- house in San Diego, Mar- faces up to five years in fed- huge disparity from the doz-
ing of her husband’s politi- garet Hunter formally ad- eral custody and a $250,000 ens of counts she and her
cal contributions culmi- mitted that she illegally fine when she is sentenced husband initially con-
nated in a guilty plea Thurs- used thousands of dollars in Sept. 16. She also could re- fronted. The remaining
day for Margaret Hunter, campaign donations for her ceive up to three years of su- counts would be dismissed
the wife of Rep. Duncan personal expenses. pervised probation follow- at the time of sentencing.
NELVIN C. CEPEDA U-T Hunter, R-Alpine, who was Margaret Hunter, 44, ing her release from prison. The 22-page agreement
Margaret Hunter and her attorney, Thomas McNa- co-indicted last year in a pleaded guilty to a single When asked if she under- makes clear that Margaret
mara, leave San Diego federal court Thursday. sweeping campaign-finance count of conspiracy. She stood and agreed with the SEE WATCHDOG • A6

JUDGE IN
SEAL CASE
OUTLINES
TRACKING
OF EMAILS
Prosecutors embedded
code to find out where
files in case were sent
BY ANDREW DYER

A plot hatched by agents at


the Naval Criminal Investiga-
tive Service to identify a report-
er’s source in a criminal case led
to a “crisis” in the public’s per-
ception of the military justice
system, a Navy judge said in a
ruling June 7.
The plan — to use a comput-
er code to track emails sent to
defense lawyers and a reporter
— led to the firing of a Navy pros-
ecutor, a lighter potential sen-
tence if the Navy SEAL on trial is
found guilty, and concerns
about privacy rights and free- EZRA SHAW GETTY IMAGES

RAPTURE
dom of the press. San Diego State alum Kawhi Leonard led the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA crown,
The trial of San Diego-based beating the defending champion Golden State Warriors 114-110 on Thursday night to clinch
Navy SEAL Edward R. Galla- the best-of-seven series four games to two. It was the second time Leonard has won an
gher is set to begin Monday. NBA title and the second time he was named Finals MVP. See story, D1.
Gallagher is charged with
killing a wounded teenage ISIS
fighter brought to him for medi-

BORDER CRACKDOWN MOVES SOUTH


cal treatment in Iraq in 2017.
He’s also charged with shooting
two civilians and firing into
crowds with a sniper rifle. Galla-

MIGRANTS FIND THEMSELVES MEXICO RECRUITING IN BAJA


gher pleaded not guilty to all
charges.
The judge, Navy Capt. Aaron
Rugh, describes in his 21-page
ruling how Navy investigators
and prosecutors launched an
STRANDED FAR FROM U.S. FOR NEW NATIONAL GUARD
email tracking plan. He paints a BY PATRICK J. MCDONNELL selvescaught in an expandingMexi- BY WENDY FRY also a key component in a deal
picture of investigators so eager can immigration crackdown struck between the United States
to track down a reporter’s TAPACHULA, Mexico prompted by U.S. pressure and ma- In Baja California, recruitment and Mexico after the Trump ad-
source, they ignored an assist- Long lines of migrants, mostly rooned in this sweltering city in is under way from Tijuana to En- ministration threatened to im-
ant U.S. attorney’s advice to get Central Americans, line up daily southern Mexico. senada for civilians to join Mexi- pose an escalating tax on all Mexi-
a judge’s permission. outside the Tapachula offices of the They cannot proceed north co’s recently created National can imports unless the flow of mi-
Rugh ruled the NCIS and the refugee agencies of Mexico and the without risking arrest, so they re- Guard, military officials con- grants reaching the U.S. border
prosecution had violated Galla- United Nations. main in Tapachula seeking docu- firmed Wednesday. wanes. Mexico responded by
gher’s rights and damaged per- Meanwhile, a polyglot throng in- mentation allowing legal travel to Mexican military officials in promising to deploy 6,000 Na-
ceptions of his court-martial. cluding people from Africa, Asia the U.S.-Mexico border, more than Baja California said the recruit- tional Guard troops to its south-
“The NCIS intrusion placed and the Caribbean regularly gath- 1,000 miles away. They say they are ment operations have been on- ern border.
an intolerable strain on the pub- ers at the local headquarters of the fleeing poverty and violence in their going since January when the Since then, Mexican leaders
lic’s perception of the military National Institute of Immigration, homelands. country’s president announced have struggled to reassure their
justice system,” Rugh wrote, Mexico’s agency for migrant affairs. Maribel Amador and her family the government would enlist citizens that they are not milita-
“because an objective, disinter- Almost all those seeking help were among those gathered on a re- 50,000 civilians nationwide to rizing their southern border.
ested observer, fully informed of have a common destination — the cent afternoon outside the offices of serve. “I want to underscore it be-
SEE RULING • A8 United States — but they find them- SEE BORDER • A10 The newly formed agency is SEE GUARD • A10

U.S. BLAMES IRAN FOR 2 OIL TANKER EXPLOSIONS POLITICS

Blasts disabling ships curity and potential military


conflict in a vital passageway
threats between President
Donald Trump and Iranian
Central Command. A military
spokesman, Capt. Bill Urban,
SANDERS TO STEP DOWN
in Gulf of Oman raise for a third of the world’s petro-
leum.
leaders gave the stricken ships
a grave significance even before
said the video showed an Ira-
nian Revolutionary Guard pa-
White House press
secretary Sarah Sand-
fear of wider conflict Iran called the accusations the facts became clear. trol boat pulling up alongside ers, among the long-
part of a campaign of Ameri- By afternoon, Secretary of the Kokuka Courageous, one est-serving members
THE NEW YORK TIMES can disinformation and “war- State Mike Pompeo said that of the stricken ships, several
of the Trump adminis-
mongering.” U.S. intelligence agencies had hours after the initial explo-
tration, will leave her
Explosions crippled two oil The explosions forced the concluded Tehran was behind sion and removing an unex-
post at the end of the
tankers in the Gulf of Oman crews of both vessels to evacu- the disabling of both ships. ploded limpet mine.
on Thursday in what the ate and left at least one ablaze, The most compelling evi- Also Thursday night, the month, President
United States called “unpro- and hours later the causes were dence to support Pompeo’s U.S. military released two Donald Trump
voked attacks” by Iran, raising still under investigation. Yet claim was video footage re- photographs of the ship’s hull, tweeted. See story, A5.
alarms about immediate se- the backdrop of steeply rising leased Thursday night by U.S. SEE TANKERS • A9

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