Former Democratic presidential nominee John Edwards has been indicted on charges he violated election laws and allegedly used $1 million in illegal campaign donations to cover up his affair with Rielle Hunter. Hunter was a videographer on John Edward’s 2008 campaign when the two started having an affair.
â€œMr. Edwards is alleged to have accepted more than $900,000 in an effort to conceal from the public facts that he believed would harm his candidacy,â€ Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer said in a press statement. â€œAs this indictment shows, we will not permit candidates for high office to abuse their special ability to access the coffers of their political supporters to circumvent our election laws.â€
Edwards repeatedly denied accusations he was sleeping with Hunter and later also denied he was the father of her child, even after photos of him visiting them in a hotel surfaced in the National Enquirer. In January of last year, Edwards finally admitted to everything and claimed fatherhood of Hunter’s daughter Quinn.
After his admission of the affair and his paternity of Hunter’s child, Edwards separated from his wife, Elizabeth Edwards. She subsequently died of breast cancer in December.
John Edwards has been the target of a federal investigation since 2009. Investigators have reportedly focused on whether John Edwards used illegal campaign funds to pay Rielle Hunter and former aide Andrew Young to keep them quiet about the affair. Andrew Young was initially put forward as the father of Hunter’s baby instead of Edwards. The case rests on an investigation of two of Edwards’ supporters who allegedly give him money to cover up the affair and babyÂ to keep his political ambitions alive.
If convicted on the conspiracy charge against him, John Edwards could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He also could receive five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count of accepting and receiving illegal campaign contributions.
Rielle Hunter is headed to court over an alleged John Edwards sex tape she made with the disgraced presidential hopeful while she was pregnant with his love child.
Rielle Hunter has reportedly obtained a court order demanding former John Edwards aide Andrew Young turn over alleged racy photos and videotapes she says belong to her. The order, according to CBS News, “speaks to video recordings and photographs that depict matters of a private and personal nature.”
Andrew Young talks about the video tapes and photographs in his new book, The Politician. Young says he found a sex tape made by Hunter and Edwards shortly before the January 2008 presidential campaign kicked into full swing.
Andrew Young claims the tape clearly shows John Edwards having a sexual encounter with a woman who is “visibly pregnant” and wearing a ring similar to one Rielle Hunter has been seen wearing.
Young has so far refused to turn over the alleged sex tape and photographs, but is reportedly communicating with police at the Orange County, N.C. Sheriff’s Office regarding the battle with Rielle Hunter over possession of the materials.
Personally, we hope if there is a John Edwards sex tape, it gets burned in a fire before it gets leaked somewhere. Hasn’t Elizabeth Edwards suffered enough? The poor lady really doesn’t need her husband’s naked cheating ass splashed all over the Internet to deal with too. At least she finally officially announced her seperation from the sleazebag. We hope those divorce papers are in the works…
Andrew Young, a former aid for John Edwards, claims it was his upcoming tell-all book that prompted his old boss to admit to paternity of Rielle Hunter‘s baby. The former presidential hopeful confessed to paternity of theÂ baby girl, Frances Quinn Hunter,Â in a press statement on Thursday.
“It’s been two and a half years [since the affair started],” former John Edwards staffer Andrew Young told ABC News.â€ For it to come out a week before my book is coming out… I’ve expected it a long time. I expected they were going to do a public relations campaign to promote him, which I’m very skeptical of.” Young says he doesn’t really buy the whole ‘loving and supportive’ father part of Edwards’ public admission of paternity. “All of a sudden he’s a doting, loving father of Quinn. I’m skeptical of it.”
Young said Edwards had no choice but to finally admit he was the father of Frances Quinn Hunter because of information included in his new book, The Politician.Â Â “He is doing this a week before my book comes out where there is going to be stuff that he cannot, you know, there are voicemails. In his voice. And voicemails in Elizabeth’s voice that absolutely contradict almost everything that he has said,” Young said. “I think that he is trying, that he is going to do everything he can to deflect that.”
One of thingsÂ the formerÂ presidential candidateÂ is probably not going to enjoy is Young’s claim John Edwards did everything he could to cover up the affair and his fathering of the baby – including asking to have a paternity test faked and persuading Andrew Young to claim he was actually the father of Hunter’s child.
The Politician is due out on Feb. 2. Andrew Young will appear on 20/20 and Nightline on Jan. 29 to discuss his book and the John Edwards affair.
Former presidential candidate John Edwards has finally confessed, publicly, he is the father of Rielle Hunter‘s baby daughter. Edwards previously denied he fathered baby Frances Quinn repeatedly. Before that, he denied, vehemently, that he had ever even cheated on his wife with Rielle Hunter.
John Edwards confirmed his paternity of Rielle Hunter’s almost 2-year-old toddler in a press statement on Thursday. “I am Quinn’s father. I will do everything in my power to provide her with the love and support she deserves. It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter, and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me,” Edwards said. “To all those I have disappointed and hurt, these words will never be enough, but I am truly sorry.”
Yeah, we’re sure your cancer-strickenÂ wife, Elizabeth Edwards, and your three children with her – Cate, Emma and Jack – are really feeling your apologies about now. As for the child you denied fathering for two years, we can only shudder at what kind of messed up head that poor girl is going to have from all this.
John Edwards should have just given it up when the National Enquirer first plastered his affair with Rielle Hunter all over their front page. Being caught with your pants down is one thing – even presidents have survived that. Lying about it to the entire world over and over again – that’s the part that really makes you look like a douche bag. Edwards once called the National Enquirer stories about his affair â€œtabloid trash thatâ€™s full of lies.â€ We’re thinking that label actually applies pretty well to Edwards himself right about now.
Even worse, Edwards is still under investigation for possibly using money raised for his presidential campaign to try to cover up the affair with Hunter.
Can you imagine if we’d elected this guy president? He’d deny for years he accidently launched a nuclear strike on Iran, blame it on one of his staffers and then only admit he did it and was “truly sorry” about it years later. We’re thinking the country dodged a bullet on that one.
“It is inadequate to say to the people who believed in me that I am sorry, as it is inadequate to say to the people who love me that I am sorry.
If you want to beat me up feel free. You cannot beat me up more than I have already beaten up myself. I have been stripped bare and will now work with everything I have to help my family and others who need my help.”
Dude, you should stay as far away from the words “stripped” and “bare” as you do from the TRUTH. Cry me an effin’ river, Golden Boy. Call Justin Timberlake. Now THESE are the most truthful words uttered by Edwards today:
In the course of several campaigns, I started to believe that I was special and became increasingly egocentric and narcissistic.”
Except for the “started to” part. Edwards has been so far up his own ass for so long that his hair is really chocolate brown. Hence the need for golden-boy highlights. He’s on TV now in tapes that the little ho-mewrecker made. On the private plane. While she “tries to transform his Ken-Doll image”. Snarkista KNOWS Ken..and John, you are no Ken. Now you’ve pissed off Barbie too! Seriously, he is an insufferable, pompous ass, who licks his lips like a lizard. Gak.
There is NO WAY Obama could nominate Edwards for Attorney General, as has been tossed about should Barack win the presidency. Edward’s political career is OVER. But the story isn’t. Snarkista says follow the money. There’s a LOT more coming on this one, with BIG monthly hush payments to mistress Rielle Hunter (not her real name!) and fall-guy Andrew Young (who has no job, but DOES have a multimillion dollar mansion). Apologies may not fix campaign-funding fraud. Somebody better watch him closely when he takes that paternity test. He’s gonna try to put the fix on that one for SURE. Trust Snarkista.