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John Edwards’ Cover-Up Consequences

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Posted on May 25, 2011
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Two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards will likely be indicted by the Justice Department on charges that he violated campaign finance laws as he tried to conceal an affair with videographer Rielle Hunter, though a plea agreement is possible. Edwards has been under federal investigation for more than two years, having entangled himself with Hunter while his wife Elizabeth Edwards was ailing with breast cancer. The affair produced a child, which Edwards’ aide Andrew Young first claimed as his own before the disgraced politician admitted he was the father in January 2010. The anticipated charges focus on payoffs reportedly made to Hunter by key Edwards campaign donors in a failed attempt to buy her silence. Again, the Law of Watergate applies: “It’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up.”  —KDG

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Federal prosecutors have completed a wide-ranging investigation into John Edwards’ political dealings and could indict the two-time presidential candidate within days, a person familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

Edwards could still strike a plea deal to avoid an indictment, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the case’s sensitivity.

Federal investigators have been probing Edwards for two more than years. Their interest has spanned much of Edwards’ political career, looking into issues such as whether he did anything improper during his time in the U.S. Senate. And it looked into a network of organizations connected to Edwards, including a nonprofit, political action committees and a so-called 527 political group.

Much of the investigation, however, focused on money that eventually went to keep mistress Rielle Hunter in hiding along with former campaign aide Andrew Young, who claimed paternity of Hunter’s child in 2007 so that Edwards could continue his White House campaign without the affair tarnishing his reputation.

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By Jim Yell, May 26, 2011 at 8:28 am Link to this comment
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Where is the punishment for the other politicians who have deflected money to purposes it wasn’t intended?

If Edwards actually took money other than his own to support and protect his lover and his reputation, than of course he is open to prosecution, but in view of the blank check for assault on our National Treasury by the right wing and Bush/Cheney/Rumsfield and now Obama, well not so much.

The truely sad thing is Edward’s inspite of his faults was probably the best protector of the largest percentage of American’s citizens. So much so that it isn’t hard to believe he was targeted. I mean to point out that even with Clinton’s strong right wing, pro-business policies he was not safe from a vendetta even as the people who profited from his policies, wasted Public Money trying to bring him down.

The sad thing is History as a guide points to the dead end built by this type of right wing selfishness to be set aside by a strongman, usually military and rarely involves a turn to the left. The nation that goes this way loses its wealth and its social protections. Welcome to the Brave New World.

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By PatrickHenry, May 26, 2011 at 2:59 am Link to this comment

He needs better accountants.

I’m sure many of the republican condidates have been doing this for years.

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By Gulam, May 25, 2011 at 11:04 pm Link to this comment

As much as I have enjoyed John Edwards flame out in the traditional way, and the
fact that he may even due time for this, the political meltdown and public mauling
of John and Eliot is hypocritical given that fraud that shatters the lives of millions
and murder by the millions in foreign lands goes unpunished every day.
Americans responsible for the violent deaths of at least hundreds of thousands
through their lies will enjoy their yachts this summer with no court counts hanging
over their heads and none of this public humiliation. In ancient China it was
believed best if the ringleaders were killed and that the followers be spared. John
Edwards was not so big a fish that it satisfies my craving to see some of the real
culprits go down.

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By rend it, May 25, 2011 at 10:02 am Link to this comment

Man, if you are going to say some pretty righteous things about the working man and
woman in this country best keep your member in your pants or you will be seriously taken
down.

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