Skip to comments.Feds Issue New Subpoenas in John Edwards' Sex Scandal Investigation
Posted on 10/07/2010 10:40:17 AM PDT by ColdOne
An investigation into whether John Edwards illegally funneled funds from his presidential campaign to cover up an affair with a staffer who bore his love child intensified this week, as federal investigators subpoenaed a host of new witnesses to appear before a grand jury, sources close to the investigation s
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If these funds were used for voter outreach I can’t see how they were inappropriate given the amount of outreach performed. In a case like this you need to ask the big question: “What would Barney Frank do”? Clearly these actions are within the Barney Frank penumbra of ethics to be found legal and correct. Hell, methinks we should congratulate the new Father and build a government outreach program to aid and supplement the dirty dogs of DC. Again, what would Barney do?
I suppose "soon" is a relative term. Geologically speaking, it was soon after his August 2008 ABC interview. To be precise, he repeatedly denied being the father until earlier this year (2010).
Here is how MSNBC spun it in January:
For the first time, John Edwards is publicly admitting that he is indeed the father of a 2-year-old daughter conceived with Rielle Hunter, a campaign videographer with whom he had an affair.
In 2008, after his failed presidential bid, Edwards eventually confirmed to ABC News that he had had an affair with Hunter, but he vehemently denied that he was the father of Hunters child. "I know that it's not possible that this child could be mine because of the timing of events," Edwards told ABC News at the time.
Remarkably, he did this at the same time that he was already under daily intense scrutiny as a presidential candidate.
And Bob Woodruff is here with more.
Bob Woodruff: Well Robin, Reille Hunter just actually filed this lawsuit, it is a temporary restraining order which is to stop Andrew Young from actually distributing pictures, and in her words, a "personal video recording that depicted matters of [a] very private and personal nature;" she also does not specify what it is, although Young says it is a sex tape. Also in his book "The Politician," Young reveals inside details about Edwards' affair with Hunter; he also recorded phone calls Edwards made, and even voicemails that were part of the coverup; this morning we'll hear one of those voicemails for the first time.
= taped story begins =
(Edwards at a political rally)
Edwards: "there is so much excitement and energy in this campaign. I can feel it every where I go..."
Bob Woodruff (voiceover): On stage in Iowa, America sees a smooth and polished John Edwards making the case for why he should be elected president.
(applause at political rally)
Bob Woodruff: But behind the scenes, his life is unraveling. Reille Hunter, the woman he's having an affair with, is pregnant. Desparate to keep his affair out of the public eye, he calls trusted aide Andrew Young, and asks for help. A conference call takes place between Edwards, Young, Young's wife Sherry, and Reille Hunter, in which Edwards proposes that Young claim to the be the father of Reille's unborn baby.
Andrew Young (in taped story): "There wasn't a lot of time to sit back and contemplate, 'hey, is this logical?' Was it logical? No. Was it stupid? Yes. Did we do the right thing morally? No. Absolutely not."
Bob Woodruff: The morning after, Young says, Edwards leaves him a message, warning him that Elizabeth might be listening in the next time he calls.
John Edwards: (phone call recording) "Andrew, it's John. I want to leave this message just in case you get a call from me, where I ask you 'what's going on?' If... that... the reason we're calling is because Elizabeth's standing there. So... thuhh... if that's... If I'm calling saying 'what happend?' 'how did this happen?' 'what's goin' on,' that's because Elizabeth's standing there listening.
Bob Woodruff: Five days later the National Enquirer publishes pictures of a pregnant Reille Hunter leaving her doctor's office. The story includes statements from Young and Hunter that the baby is their's, not John Edwards'.
And so began an eight-month coverup. Young, his wife and three children taking care of a presidential candidate's pregnant mistress. Moving her into their home, traveling with her in private jets, trying to keep her secret from the world, no matter the cost.
Woodruff (tease from full interview to be broadcast later): How much money was actually devoted to this coverup?
Young: I know of over a million dollars, and there was much much more...
= taped story ends =
Bob Woodruff: (in studio) A lot of money, and tonight for the first time, you'll also hear from Andrew's wife Sherry about her role in the scandal, what she knew from the beginning, and why she allowed her husband to hide the secrets of John Edwards, it's going to be pretty remarkable if you watch tonight...
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