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John Edwards Likely Facing Indictiment

John Edwards Likely Facing Indictiment

According to multiple news sources, the Department of Justice has green-lighted the prosecution of former presidential candidate John Edwards for allegedly violating campaign finance laws while trying to cover up an affair.

Edwards has been the focus of a lengthy federal investigation that focused on hundreds of thousands of dollars that two wealthy supporters gave that were funneled to Rielle Hunter.  Hunter was a campaign videographer who became Edwards’ mistress and ultimately had his daughter.

Edwards is reportedly considering all actions, including accepting a plea bargain versus facing a potentially costly trial.

Should the case to go trial it would be the government’s burden to prove that the intent of the donations was to cover-up the affair so that Edwards could continue his pursuit of the 2008 Democratic nomination for president.

Edwards has tried to keep a low profile since admitting paternity and his public separation from his wife Elizabeth.  Throughout the reports Edwards has insisted that he broke no laws, despite the fact that a former campaign aide initially claimed paternity of Hunter’s child and backed up Edwards’ claims that no campaign money went to keep Hunter quiet.

Given the intense media scrutiny a trial will bring it is likely that Edwards will accept a plea if offered.  And while it is important to prosecute all crimes, frankly, the Department of Justice has much larger corruption investigations to focus on.  But as this affair and the Ensign matter has made crystal clear, powerful men have no qualms abusing that power to satisfy whatever impulses they may have.  They do have a much more difficult time accepting responsibility for the fallout after though.

 

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1:49AM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

Well, he's obviously haunted by it, and it's been a good lesson for him so far. Let this be a lesson to future politicians, take the high straight & narrow road, or you'll end up in the same place.

I do have to wonder how many others have done the same thing, and have gotten away with it? And why isn't Mr. Arnold being prosecuted for the same thing? This happens way too often, and no wonder our society is so corrupt. Our leaders can't show respect in their own lives, much less be examples to be better people for the rest of us. And if they cheat on their loved ones, what would they do to us "Joe Tax Payer" when we are just a # who pays them?

8:18AM PDT on May 31, 2011

Not the first, won't be the last...:-(

10:56PM PDT on May 28, 2011

How many more male politicians should be investigated to determine if they covered up affairs with their own money or used government funds illegally for that purpose? Elect more females to office.....

12:51PM PDT on May 27, 2011

Edwards, Arnold, and DSK--I really wonder how many women politicians have ever done anything comparable. Maybe we need to elect more women!

6:57PM PDT on May 26, 2011

The politicians should be starting to get the idea by now: pay for your illicit affairs with your own money. Then after a “decent” amount of time you can try for the big comeback, like Newt. Just keep your private whoring separate from your public whoring.

6:54PM PDT on May 26, 2011

He ran around on his wife and got caught. This happens too many times everyday. He probably used money for the mother of his illigetiment child that he told people was going for another purpose...happens everyday. Only difference was the job he was hoping to step into. Was he wrong? You KNOW IT. Just like every other man who does it. Will he get out of paying for it? Probably so. I don't know that he should go to jail but he SHOULD have to pay back all those hardworking people that supported his sleazy girlfriend and their "love child". That's his responsibility.

6:01PM PDT on May 26, 2011

When he was running for the nomination, I was impressed with his caring about the poor and the poverty situation in America. Boy, was I fooled. Came to see him as a sleazy man, who thinks with his "little head", as so many "big" men do. Hunter isn't any better, with her shenanigans with a married man. But I did not think that what he did was break the law, only be sleazy. Now I see that the $50 I donated to his campaign was part of Hunter's payment -- I lot of money for a hard-working person. I feel betrayed.

4:54PM PDT on May 26, 2011

He fooled a lot of people for a long time. I felt so soorry for his wife and children.

2:26PM PDT on May 26, 2011

My heart goes out to his children. If not for them I'd make him live a blue collar life for the rest of his days. What an enormous disappointment he is. Such a good mind gone to waste.

12:39PM PDT on May 26, 2011

wow

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