(CNN) – Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards has requested a new attorney in his defense of federal charges roughly two months before the criminal conspiracy trial is set to begin.
In a copy of the motion filed Friday, Edwards requested representation by prominent DC attorney Abbe Lowell, indicating that he has dropped defense attorney and former White House counsel Greg Craig.
Lowell previously represented lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
The 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee was indicted by a federal grand jury in June and subsequently pleaded not guilty. He will be tried in October on federal charges of conspiracy, issuing false statements, and violating campaign contribution laws.
Justice Department prosecutors brought charges against the 2008 presidential candidate based on allegations that money given to Edwards to support his mistress, Rielle Hunter, should have been considered as donations toward his presidential campaign.
Edwards maintains the money was a gift.
If convicted on all counts, he could face up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1.5 million.