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More Trouble for John Edwards

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Posted on Jun 3, 2011
AP / Kathy Willens

Back in the day: John Edwards, then a Democratic presidential hopeful, speaks in New York in June 2007.

He’s already faced blowback on the personal and professional levels, and now former-presidential-hopeful-turned-tabloid-philanderer John Edwards can add legal problems to his woes. On Friday, a federal grand jury indicted him on campaign finance charges, alleging he repurposed donors’ contributions for use in his extramarital affair with Rielle Hunter.

CBS News’ Political Hotsheet website ran some of the details of the indictment. Time for this lawyer to lawyer up.  —KA

Political Hotsheet:

The purpose of the conspiracy was to protect and advance Edwards’ candidacy for President of the United States by secretly obtaining and using hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions from [Mellon] and [Baron], well in excess of the Election Act’s limit, to conceal Edwards’ extramarital affair with [Hunter] and [Hunter’s] pregnancy with his child. Edwards knew that public revelation of the affair and 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 response to criticism and media scrutiny regarding the affair and pregnancy.”

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By Artful Dodger, June 4, 2011 at 6:17 am Link to this comment
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From a Bilderberg guest to an indictee on campaign charges, John Edwards seems to be a paler version of some Ian Flemming henchman, who has been taken to task by his master. If he had made it to the purple, Edwards’ misdemeanors would have been forgotten. It makes one speculate on what would have happened to Bush or Clinton if they had failed in their missions.

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By Jim Yell, June 4, 2011 at 5:53 am Link to this comment
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Reading the comments I must wonder about the declaration that John Edwards has abandoned his interest in Labor and general social welfare programs. Just because we don’t hear anything may not mean nothing is going on. If he is no longer offending the Republicans with his political stance than why is he being prosecuted?

After all, Bush/Cheney lied and cost 100,000s of lives and the waste of huge amounts of our tax money. Bush/Cheney pushed for deregulation and for laws to free the ultra rich from taxes and have attacked social programs and healthcare for children. So they aren’t being investigated and likely not to be, let alone being charged for their crimes.

So explain to me why Edward’s personal life is now worthy of investigation and prosecution.

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By mc.murphy, June 3, 2011 at 8:12 pm Link to this comment

“On Friday, a federal grand jury indicted him on campaign finance charges.”

In a country where the bribery of politicians is enshrined in law, a little guppy gets
caught in the net, because his was beyond the pale, or sumptin’...

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By Samson, June 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment

Back when he ran for office, I couldn’t tell if John
Edwards was for real with his talk of helping the
poor and of being labor’s champion. Like most modern
politicians, he didn’t exactly have a track record
along these lines.

So, I was curious.  I wondered if long after the
election was over whether John Edwards would still be
a champion of the poor and for labor?

Ever since he left the primaries, the silence has
been deafening.  Amazing how quickly he stopped being
the champion of the poor and of labor when it was no
longer a campaign strategy that he thought would lead
him to the White House.

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