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.
As we noted in an earlier post, John Edwards‘ mistress Rielle Hunter posed for some rather tasteless photos for GQ magazine to go along with her tell-all interview about her affair with the former presidential candidate. Well, apparently, Rielle Hunter herself agrees the pictures are disgusting.
On The View Monday, Barbara Walters said Rielle Hunter called her “in tears” over the photos of her published in GQ magazine. According to Walters, Hunter “screamed for two hours” after seeing the GQ photos. “She said she found the photographs repulsive,” Walters said.
So why the hell did Rielle Hunter pose for the icky, half-clothed photos of her sprawled out on a bed covered in her daughter’s toys? According to Walters, Hunter said “she trusted Mark Seliger, whom she said is a brilliant photographer and quote, ‘I went with the flow.'”
Hunter reportedly “thought having one of those photos was okay and would be sexy and that there were others that were just beautiful headshots, but that GQ picked photos to hit one note.”
Yeah, blame it all on GQ for making you look like a ho. Please, you can’t tell us that you go and pose for photos like that and expect the magazine to NOT use them when you’re the key player in a massive political scandal and sexual affair with a former presidential candidate. Especially when you just have to dish about how John Edwards was a “relentless lover” who slept with you the first night you met him in the very same magazine.
John Edwards‘ mistress and baby momma Rielle Hunter (born Lisa Jo Druck) is finally speaking out about her affair with the former presidential hopeful. Hunter says she is not the “gold-digger” she’s been portrayed as and claims her love for Edwards “is till death do us part.”
“I’m not a predator, I’m not a gold digger, I’m not the stalker,” John Edwards’ mistress Rielle Hunter says in an interview with GQ. Hunter also claims it is not her fault John Edwards and his wife Elizabeth Edwards ended up with their marriage on the rocks. “Infidelity doesn’t happen in healthy marriages… So the home was wrecked already. I was not the Home Wrecker.”
Hunter told GQ that she first met and slept with John Edwards in February 2006. According to her, the connection between them was instant and electric. “I had never experienced anything like what was flowing between us… It terrified me.”
In the GQ interview, which is accompanied by several sensual photos of Rielle Hunter, the former Edwards staffer says rumors the two are planning to wed have no validity. As for whether or not wedding bells might be in the future someday, well, you never know.
“I do know that I love him and that love is till death do us part, and probably beyond.” Hunter said. “The love doesn’t go away. It’s unconditional.”
We have two things to say about Rielle Hunter’s GQ interview. First, it really doesn’t help your claims you aren’t a gold digger, predator or stalker when you go blabbing your mouth about your affair to the public at large. Keeping your damn mouth shut would have gone a lot further in making you not look so much like a fame-whore.
Secondly, it is more than cheap and downright nasty to have a photo of you posing with your kid in your magazine right next to photos of you looking like a second-rate porn star. That’s just wrong and disturbing and tells us a lot more about your psyche than anything that comes out of your mouth.
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.
Former presidential candidate John Edwards is reportedly ready to admit he is the father of ex-lover Rielle Hunter‘s baby. Edwards previously copped to cheating on wife Elizabeth Edwards, but declared he could not be the father of Rielle Hunter’s child due to the “timing” of the affair.
Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards denied the affair with Rielle Hunter at first, but was forced to come clean after the National EnquirerÂ continued to pursue the story relentlessly, eventually tracking down John Edwards visiting Rielle Hunter in a Beverly Hills hotel last summer. However, he has repeatedly denied being the father of Rielle Hunter’s 18-month-old baby, saying the affair ended before the baby was conceived.
Edwards’ campaign aide Andrew Young claimed to be the child’s father, but has allegedly backed down from the paternity story and is penning a memoir that names Edwards as the real baby daddy. The child’s birth certificate does not list a father. The National Enquirer claims Edwards took a DNA test which conclusively proved he is the father of Rielle Hunter’s child.
If John Edwards does finally admit to fathering Rielle Hunter’s daughter, it is likely only because he is facing possible criminal charges over the affair. A grand jury is currently investigating whether Edwards and his staff may have improperly used campaign funds and possibly even paid Hunter to keep quiet about the affair and the baby with campaign money.
* Update: According to BostonHerald.com, John Edwards’ attorney Wade Smith has stated the former presidential candidate currently has no plans to release a statement regarding the paternity of Rielle Hunter’s baby. “No statement is planned,” Smith said, according to BostonHerald.com. “We have no sort of schedule or timetable.”
Interesting that Edwards’ attorney neither confirms or denies the source information saying Edwards is the father, nor does he say that a statement will not be forthcoming at all. Simply that there is no “sort of schedule” for making one…