SMH… Dude truly ain’t sh!t.
John Edwards is currently on trial for using campaign funds to coverup his affair and love child with Rielle Hunter. Yesterday’s courtroom proceedings included details about an August 2008 meeting in a borrowed black SUV, John Edwards allegedly confronted his aide Andrew Young:
Edwards confessed that life inside the nearby gated estate he shared with a cancer-stricken wife angered by his affair had become “a living hell.” Young said Edwards then shocked him by denying any knowledge of $725,000 in secret checks from an elderly heiress used to buy his mistress’ silence.
It was Young’s third straight day of testimony as the government sought to prove Edwards masterminded a scheme to use nearly $1 million from wealthy campaign donors to conceal his affair with Rielle Hunter from voters as he sought the White House. Edwards’ attorney sought to point out inconsistencies in Young’s testimony and other accounts of his story during cross-examination Wednesday.
Young had falsely claimed paternity of Edwards’ daughter with Hunter as the politician dismissed the stories as “tabloid trash” while campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire.
During the 2008 meeting in his car, Young told Edwards he had kept evidence of the cover-up, including voicemails, emails and an intimate tape made by the woman. He said he threatened to go public if Edwards’ didn’t come clean about the fact the baby was his.
“You can’t hurt me, Andrew,” Edwards told Young as he opened the door to get out, Young said. “You can’t hurt me.”
The former one-term U.S. senator from North Carolina has pleaded not guilty to six counts related to campaign finance violations. He faces up to 30 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines if convicted on all counts.
Edwards denies knowing about the secret money, much of which flowed into accounts controlled by Young and his wife, Cheri. Edwards’ lawyers claim the Youngs siphoned off the bulk of the money to pay for their $1.5 million house near Chapel Hill.
Young testified that when Edwards asked him in December 2007 to claim paternity, the candidate pledged to set the record straight after the baby was born.
Yet months passed with no call from Edwards, and Young said he and his wife had grown tired of sharing a house with the increasingly-demanding Hunter. Through an intermediary, Young demanded a face-to-face meeting with the senator, who was then in talks with Barack Obama’s campaign about becoming the Democratic vice presidential nominee.
Edwards asked Young to keep the secret for longer at a June 18, 2008, meeting in a hotel room near Washington, Young testified. The men shouted and nearly came to blows before Edwards was able to calm Young down, the ex-aide testified.
“He said he loved me and that he knew that I knew he would never abandon me,” Young said.
Prosecutors allege Edwards directed Young to start giving money to Hunter in 2007 after she threatened to go to the media and expose the affair. Edwards suggested asking elderly heiress Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, who had already given generously to the campaign, Young testified.
Prosecutors showed the jury checks from Mellon written to her interior designer, who would then endorse them and send them to Andrew and his wife, Cheri. Starting in June 2007, Mellon would eventually provide checks totaling $725,000, funds that Young said Edwards and he called the “Bunny money.”
Telling Mellon the money would be used for a “non-campaign” expense, Young said she offered to provide $1.2 million over time to help. Under federal law, donors are limited to giving a maximum of $2,300 per election cycle.
Love clearly don’t mean a damn thing to John Edwards, this dude was calling his mistress “a crazy slut” and his dying wife a “living hell” and meanwhile trying to use his “love” to manipulate his aide into a cover up. SMH.
Lock this dude up. NOW!
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