Probe Against Edwards Winding Down?
March 2nd, 2011
04:17 PM ET
11 years ago

Probe Against Edwards Winding Down?

Raleigh, NC (CNN) – Fewer staffers and campaign aides of 2008 Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards are being summoned to appear in person before a grand jury in Raleigh, possibly indicating a final phase of prosecutors' efforts in the case, multiple sources tell CNN.

The grand jury, which meets in secret, was expected to reconvene Wednesday. It has been meeting as prosecutors work to prove whether or not Edwards illegally used campaign funds to cover up an affair with a campaign videographer, Rielle Hunter.

A source close to Edwards' 2008 president campaign confirms that a coworker was set to testify in person Wednesday, March 2nd, but will now be interviewed from home.

Those close to the campaign are analyzing the move as a sign the grand jury is winding down, and that Edwards might avoid indictment.

"It's very polarizing," says a source that was also subpoenaed by the grand jury and was later told an interview would suffice. "A lot of people think there is nothing there, and a lot of people think, after all this, there must be something really big there. Either way, people are going to be surprised."

John Edwards acknowledged the federal probe in May 2009. The nearly two-year investigation has involved former Edwards staff members and wealthy campaign donors who were interviewed by the FBI and the US Attorney's Office.

"A U.S. attorney get can get anyone indicted on anything if he wants," says a source who asked not to be identified. "The question is, is it worth doing."

George Holding, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, is responsible for overseeing the federal probe. Holding is a Bush appointee who stayed beyond his term at the urging of Democratic Senator Kay Hagan in an effort to avoid being seen as obstructing justice.

John Edwards' last public appearance was at the funeral for his wife, Elizabeth Edwards, who passed away last December after a six-year battle with cancer.

In addition to a possible indictment, Edwards is involved in another legal battle. Rielle Hunter, his former mistress and the mother of his youngest child, is suing Andrew Young to reclaim materials that she says belong to her, including an alleged sex tape that involves Edwards. Edwards was deposed in that case last month.

Young was a senior aide to Edwards who originally claimed that Hunter's child was his own in an effort to shield Edwards from having to make the disclosure.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    Yet another despicable, immoral, crooked Democrat that should be behind bars, but will likely get a free ride or slap on the wrist.

    March 2, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. Bob in PA

    How much money has been wasted with this Grand Jury ?

    March 2, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Inmyopinion

    Definitely Edwards beats Newt Gingrich at a colorful past. Another Democrat pretending his marriage was okay and the importance of family values and ran for President.

    March 2, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. B

    Who really cares about people like this anyway – –

    This country is struggling to stay ahead of it all and people like Edwards are irrelevant now and do not rate recognition.

    March 2, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. California

    And to think if he would of become president all this would of been buried and hidden forever.

    March 2, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |