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
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.”