John Edwards charm and charisma couldn’t get him out of this one. The two-time presidential candidate was indicted by a grand jury in trying to cover up not just the affair he had with Rielle Hunter but the baby born from their relationship.
Now that may sound like just a moral issue but it turns out that John Edwards spent over $925,000 -close to a million dollars – trying to keep Rielle and their baby secret. $925,000 that wasn’t his, he allegedly used illegal campaign contributions. There were six counts against Edwards: they including “conspiracy, four counts of illegal campaign contributions and one count of false statements.”
“A centerpiece of Edwards’ candidacy was his public image as a devoted family man,” the indictment stated. “Edwards knew that public revelation of the affair and the pregnancy would destroy his candidacy by, among other things, undermining Edwards’ presentation of himself as a family man and by forcing his campaign to divert personnel and resources away from other campaign activities to respond to criticism and media scrutiny regarding the affair and pregnancy,” the indictment added.
And how does one spend $925,000 to hide a mistress and her offspring? The big money was said to be used for “Hunter’s living and medical expenses and for chartered airfare, luxury hotels and rental for a house in Santa Barbara, Calif., to keep her hidden from the public.” The money came from two big contributors. And contributions that he is accused of lying about since he claimed he didn’t know anything about them.
It’s been reported that John Edwards tried to work out a plea bargain but it didn’t work out.
Do you think they’ll throw the ‘book’ at Edwards or will he get some kind of special deal in the end?