Judge denies pretrial motions for congressman

A federal judge has refused to dismiss federal corruption charges against U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter or move the trial outside his Southern California district as requested by the GOP lawmaker's attorneys.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Whelan says the California Republican easily won re-election to a sixth term in 2018 after being indicted and therefore he should be able to be tried fairly in the district.

Defense lawyers also argued prosecutors are politically motivated and the case should be dismissed. Whelan says he found no evidence of that.

They wanted the trial moved to the Eastern District of California, where counties carried Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential elections are located, in contrast to California's overall support for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

The trial begins in September.

Dawn Kamber