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More subpoenas issued in John Edwards investigation

Posted October 6, 2010

— A federal grand jury in Raleigh has issued a number of new subpoenas in its investigation of two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, his attorney said Wednesday.

Raleigh attorney Wade Smith said he doesn't know who has been subpoenaed or when the grand jury would call them as witnesses.

The grand jury has been investigating for more than a year whether any money from the Edwards campaign was used illegally to hide his affair with Rielle Hunter.

Hunter, a campaign staffer hired to produce promotional videos, gave birth to Edwards' daughter in February 2008.

Andrew Young, a former Edwards aide, claimed to be the father of the child during the 2008 campaign. Edwards admitted to the affair after dropping out of the campaign, but he didn't acknowledge that he was the girl's father until last January.

Both Young and Hunter appeared before the grand jury last year.

Young, who has written a tell-all book about the Edwards campaign and the affair, later told WRAL News that more than $1 million was spent to conceal the affair.

Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, heiress to the fortunes of 19th century industrialist Andrew Mellon and the founder of the Warner-Lambert pharmaceutical company, gave Edwards at least $700,000 to cover expenses for Hunter, according to Young. He said Texas lawyer Fred Baron, who was Edwards' campaign finance chairman, funded other expenses.

The money was given on the side, not as campaign donations, Young said, adding that Baron knew what it was for but that Mellon did not.

Smith initially said no campaign funds were used to conceal the affair, but he later backed off that statement.

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  • Proud Black Constitutionalist Oct 7, 4:30 p.m.

    "What is Elizabeth saying about the new reports?"

    She knew about the affair before Johnny Boy announced his candidacy.

  • mustainemad Oct 7, 3:58 p.m.

    Hasn't enough of our $$$ been wasted on this con artist??????

  • wildcat Oct 7, 3:05 p.m.

    What is Elizabeth saying about the new reports?

  • wildcat Oct 7, 2:48 p.m.

    I wonder if his home town is still proud of him. He is a disgrae.

  • gswalker51 Oct 7, 2:35 p.m.

    I have lived in NC off&on for the past 23 years and believe me, the one thing you don't mess with in NC is "karma". You don't campaign on the platform of "Two Americas" and how you're a humble country boy just looking out for the poor when you made insane amounts of money (for yourself) as an ambulance chaser and built a ginormous palace for yourself in Orange County. You don't have numerous affairs (I'm sure that skank Hunter wasn't the first) on your cancer-stricken wife while attempting to call-out Dick Cheney's daughter just for being a lesbian. Again, karma is a "beyotch" in these parts, Johnny.

  • Objective Scientist Oct 7, 1:24 p.m.

    I started out supporting Edwards, mostly because I grew up in the same town and worked the same summer jobs, etc. as he did... and because of that I felt I knew what his "core" values were likely to be, that I 'understood' him, and that he had "substance" and "depth"... and I knew "where he was going". Even before the Rielle Hunter fiasco, after hearing him speak several times I began to "question" my initial thoughts and impressions of Edwards. Again, even before Hunter, I came to realize that his core values were not what I thought them to be, that I did not "understand" him, that I both did not know "where he was going" or that I did not LIKE where he was going, and that he truly had neither "substance" nor "depth". Even before Hunter... I had become very disappointed in Edwards and decided I could not support him. With the Hunter fiasco I felt that both John and his wife, Elizabeth, came close to pulling a huge "sham" on the entire country. A "pox" on them both!

  • pmck Oct 7, 12:59 p.m.

    What a waste of time and money.

  • tommys5 Oct 7, 12:15 p.m.

    How much does a prison hair cut cost?

  • superman Oct 7, 11:57 a.m.

    John is going to be very popular in prison.

  • keneds Oct 7, 11:53 a.m.

    Do tell!!!!!!! LOL..this is supose to be a surprise to all of us??

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