2 ex-Edwards aides testify in probe of payments to mistress
December 2nd, 2010
07:59 PM ET
10 years ago

2 ex-Edwards aides testify in probe of payments to mistress

(CNN) - Two of former presidential hopeful John Edwards' top aides testified Thursday to a federal grand jury looking into payments from the North Carolina Democrat's campaign to his one-time mistress.

Jonathan Prince, who was Edwards' campaign manager during his unsuccessful 2008 presidential run, and then-spokesman Jennifer Palmieri were called before the grand jury, two sources familiar with the case said.

This comes amid the Justice Department's investigation into money that went from Edwards' campaign and from his supporters to Rielle Hunter, who was a videographer with the campaign.

The grand jury has been meeting at the federal courthouse in Raleigh, North Carolina, since last year.

Edwards began his affair with Hunter in 2006, fathering a daughter - Frances Quinn - with her. Yet the former senator denied paternity for more than a year before admitting in January 2010 that he was the father. A week later, Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, announced they were separating.

In October, Edwards' attorney Wade Smith said that a "sizable" number of subpoenas had been issued in the case.

At that time, Smith maintained that his client - who was the Democrats' 2004 vice presidential nominee, running alongside Sen. John Kerry - was innocent and said he welcomed the government scrutiny.

A federal judge last February ordered former Edwards aide Andrew Young and his wife, Cheri, in civil contempt of court and ordered them to hand over a sex tape purportedly involving their former boss and Hunter. Hunter had fought to get the tapes back.

The orders came a few weeks before Young released an embarrassing book about Elizabeth and John Edwards and his campaign. Among other accusations, Young described an elaborate plan that used money from two wealthy benefactors - late trial lawyer Fred Baron and banking heir widow Bunny Mellon - that allowed Edwards to maintain a mistress while he sought the 2008 presidential nomination.

Filed under: John Edwards
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Fed Up

    Why is this man still news? He is a has been.

    December 2, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |

    What a shame that this nice, young and exceedingly well-groomed John Edwards is not the President of the United States today. I just love to see untalented, corrupt and poser Dems being led off in handcuffs straight from their office of corruption...

    December 2, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Is this really important? I think that we should let this story go... We'll hear from him in 10 to 20 years as a political analysis about the current political picture especially if there is some sort of scandal. Just leave him alone for right now. I don't want to hear about it.

    December 2, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  4. they call me "tater salad"

    Don't worry, all he has to do is claim it was a "gift" and he's home free..........Worked for that dirtbag Ensign didn't it?

    December 2, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  5. Paul Ernest Show

    Insignificant distraction. What's trending in my own world is the millions who are loosing their unemployment benefits, their pain and hardships and the most likely rise in crimes and other vices.

    December 2, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  6. Chee Tan

    What do you expect from a trial lawyer?

    December 2, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  7. Marco555

    This guy was out to screw everyone; His wife, his mistress, the American people........He had a run leading in the polls for a short while. Lets say he did get voted into office. Where would we be right now?

    December 2, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  8. Texas Doc

    Yet, for standing Senator John Ensign....nothing.

    December 2, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  9. jerseylou

    This guy looks like he wants to cry. Man up and pull your pants back up Edwards an start over.

    December 2, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  10. valwayne

    Its still amazing to me how the main stream media ignored and covered up what they knew about this sleaze bag John Edwards! The NYT ran a hit piece full of rumor and innuendo and no evidence of anything about John McCain, but everybody in the world knew what John Edward was up to and we had to wait for the National Inquirer to tell us what he was doing why he was running for the Nomination to be President of the U.S. Bias and corruption in the media like we've never seen in our lives!!!

    December 2, 2010 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  11. Aaron

    Edwards and Newt Gingrich should both take classes on how NOT to treat your wife when she's suffering from cancer....or a wife in good health for that matter. I hope these 2 never tout family values during a campaign.

    December 3, 2010 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  12. jules sand-perkins

    Edwards's private life is just that: private. His children are related to him and a woman, not to the general public.
    Frequently a human being in trouble is helped by his friends and/or business associates: that is not the concern of the general public.
    Edwards is a man. Men have sex. Anything else new today?
    Puritans' coming to this country early in its history is no cause for making a fetish of sexual denial and neurotic frustration.

    December 3, 2010 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  13. Booth

    Lucky for him he's not Republican or his name would be Mudd.

    December 3, 2010 05:14 am at 5:14 am |