Report: Former Sen. John Edwards Facing 'Imminent' Indictment

Thursday, 04 Mar 2010 12:52 PM

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Former Democratic Sen. John Edwards is facing “imminent” indictment relating to his use of campaign funds to cover up an extramarital affair during his 2008 presidential run, according to The National Enquirer.

A grand jury has been investigating the North Carolinian's use of the funds since April, and the Enquirer quotes a friend of Edwards saying that, although the former candidate does not believe he did anything wrong, he is “terrified” that he will be made an example of in this case.

And in a soap opera twist, Elizabeth Edwards may in fact testify against her estranged husband, The Hill reported.

The report is being taken seriously because the tabloid has led the reporting of Edwards' affair with filmmaker Rielle Hunter, and its pursuit of the story has earned it an unexpected Pulitzer Prize nomination.

More recently, Hunter has been fighting in court with former Edwards aide Andrew Young over a videotape purportedly showing her and Edwards in a sexual encounter. That video has been turned over to the court and placed under seal.

On Thursday, Young told The Washington Times that Edwards, a multimillionaire former trial lawyer, still believes he has a political future.

"He still has a sense of being bulletproof," Young told The Washington Times' "America's Morning News" radio show. "He thinks . . . he's going to come back and have something to offer the world."

Most recently, the former Democratic vice-presidential nominee and two-time candidate for the Democratic nod for president has been spotting working on earthquake relief in Haiti.

Young, who helped conceal Mr. Edwards' affair and child with Miss Hunter for nearly two years, said the grand jury interviewed him. He described the panel's investigation as an exacting process with flow charts and time lines.

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