Duncan Hunter has been pardoned by President Donald Trump. The vaping industry knows Hunter as the ‘vaping congressman’ after becoming the first person to openly vape on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2017, Hunter introduced a bill aimed at curtailing U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ability to regulate vapor products.
Hunter, a former U.S. Representative of California was sentenced in March to 11 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to a single count of unlawfully using more than $250,000 in campaign funds, just one of 60 counts he and his wife, Margaret, faced at the time.
Court documents stated the former Marine and his wife racked up more than $37,700 in overdraft fees and stole the money to cover basic living expenses — including their childrens’ schooling, groceries and pet food for the family rabbits. They then splurged on big ticket items, including luxury hotels, airline tickets, and dinners.
Hunter’s 11-month prison sentence had been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and was set to begin in January. Trump’s full pardon means he will serve no time.