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Charges May Be Near for John Edwards

photo of Ben Terris
February 15, 2011

Updated at 11:27 a.m. on February 15.

He’s already faced something of a public judgment, and now an official indictment may only be days or weeks away for John Edwards, NBC News reported today.

Federal prosecutors will try to prove that the former senator and Democratic presidential candidate paid his mistress, videographer Rielle Hunter, with campaign hush money.

 

The case focuses on money from two wealthy donors, who allegedly raised funds to keep Hunter quiet and to pay an aide named Andrew Young to falsely claim that he was the father of Edwards and Hunter's love child. The donors -- a 100-year-old woman named Rachel “Bunny” Mellon and Fred Baron, Edwards’s former finance chairman -- are believed to have provided more than $1 million to keep the story under wraps. Baron, who died in 2008, claimed that Edwards knew nothing of this effort. Prosecutors are meeting with Mellon to record sworn testimony for a possible trial.

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