Reports: John Edwards to Be Indicted Soon

Wednesday, 25 May 2011 06:53 AM

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John Edwards, the former presidential candidate, is expected to be indicted by the Justice Department following a long investigation into whether he violated campaign finance laws to cover up an extramarital affair with a staffer, Politico reports.

ABC News first reported that the government is preparing to indict Edwards on criminal charges.

Just after pulling out of the 2008 presidential race, Edwards admitted to having an affair with Rielle Hunter, a woman his campaign had hired to produce videos. Initially, another member of his staff said he had fathered Hunter’s child. Edwards has said he is the father of the now 3-year-old boy.

The Justice Department has been investigating whether more than $1 million spent to keep the affair under wraps amounted to campaign finance law violations. Two major Edwards donors, Rachel “Bunny” Mellon and Fred Baron, are alleged by the government to had paid to help keep the affair secret as Edwards pursued his presidential bid, Politico reports.

One donor allegedly gave Hunter money to hide her from the press. Andrew Young, a former Edwards’ staffer who claimed to be the baby’s father is a key witness for the government. He said Edwards was aware of the Hunter arrangement, and solicited the money.

Young wrote a book about his time with Edwards.

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