Grand Jury Indicts John Edwards

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Former Presidential candidate John Edwards faces four counts of illegal campaign contributions, one count of conspiracy and one count of false statements.

A grand jury indicted former Presidential candidate John Edwards Friday, on charges of allegedly using campaign funds to cover up an extramarital affair.

“Edwards faces six counts — four of illegal campaign contributions, one of conspiracy and one of false statements,” a POLITICO article read. “Edwards… fell from grace over the last three years after admitting an affair with Rielle Hunter and then that he had fathered a child with his former staffer, all while his wife Elizabeth Edwards battled cancer.”

The case is expected to be based largely on accusations from another former Edwards staffer, Andrew Young, who recently published a tell-all book about the scandal. Young, who testified before the grand jury, alleges he was paid to help keep the affair quiet.

“The Justice Department has been investigating whether more than $1 million allegedly spent to keep the affair under wraps amounted to campaign finance law violations,” the article read. “Two major Edwards donors, Rachel ‘Bunny’ Mellon and Fred Baron, are alleged by the government to have provided money to help keep the affair secret as Edwards pursued his presidential bid.”

 

 

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