The U.S. Department of Justice has given the thumb's up for prosecution of the ex-presidential candidate for allegedly violating campaign law while attempting to cover up his affair with mistress and baby mama Rielle Hunter.Edwards will surely try to cop a deal with prosecutors to avoid further public humiliation.
Sources close to the investigation told ABC News that the government is gearing up to indict the former North Carolina senator, though a plea deal could be reached to avoid a lengthy, expensive and highly publicized trial.
Edwards, 57, a former golden boy of the Democratic Party, has been the subject of a two-year investigation into whether his political donors gave more than $1 million to Hunter, his campaign videographer, to hide the affair as he pursued a bid for the Oval Office.
The cash was allegedly paid by two key Edwards donors, Rachel "Bunny" Mellon and the politician's finance chairman, Fred Baron, who died in 2008.
Baron admitted to funneling the cash shortly before his death, but insisted Edwards had no idea of the back-door deal to hide Hunter from the press.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Indictment Expected In Edwards Campaign Finance Violations Case
The loathsome John Edwards will get his comeuppance as prosecutors are expected to indict the former Democratic presidential candidate over the misuse of campaign funds to cover up an affair with his mistress, Rielle Hunter, all while his wife Elizabeth was suffering a relapse of cancer that ultimately took her life.