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John Edwards Indicted by Federal Grand Jury

Former NC Senator and two-time presidential candidate John Edwards was indicted for campaign finance violations this morning by a federal grand jury.

TPM adds that Edward was indicted on six counts: 

The 19-page indictment charges Edwards on six counts -- one count of conspiracy to violate federal campaign finance laws and to make false statements to the Federal Election Commission; four counts of accepting and receiving illegal campaign contributions from two donors and one count of concealing those illegal donations from the FEC.

ABC 11 reports: Edwards

The charges come after a two-year investigation into whether Edwards used hundreds of thousands of dollars from political backers to cover up his extra-marital affair with Rielle Hunter. The issue has been whether Edwards should have reported the money as campaign contributions.

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Edwards attorney Gregory Craig said in a statement last month that prosecutors have never found that campaign funds were misused and the government's theory in the case is without precedent and "wrong on the facts and wrong on the law."

Still unresolved is also a civil lawsuit filed by Hunter against Andrew Young and his wife over the ownership of a video purportedly showing Hunter and Edwards having sex.

Hunter wants the tape back, but the Youngs claim they own it because they say it was abandoned at a home Hunter shared with them. The case is working its way through the courts.

ABC News has posted a slideshow of images of Rielle Hunter and John Edwards during her life in seclusion.

Flashback...
John Edwards Admits Fathering Child with Mistress Rielle Hunter [tr]

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  1. WELL I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY ANYONE WOULD CONTRIBUTE TO ANY OF THESE POLITICIANS' CAMPAIGNS. IT'S GIVING YOUR MONEY TO MILLIONAIRES AND THAT GOES FOR EITHER PARTY. IRONIC HOW SOME PEOPLE SCOFF AT DONATIONS TO RELIGIONS CLAIMING THEY ARE A SCAM, WELL SO IS POLITICS MY DEAR. I'VE LIVED THROUGH MANY A CAMPAIGN PROMISE AND BELIEVE ME THEY ARE ALL THE SAME, BOUGHT AND PAID FOR BY BIG TIME BIG BOYS BY THE TIME YOU PUNCH YOUR BALLOT.

    Posted by: THE QUEEN | Jun 3, 2011 10:48:27 AM


  2. If they do a John Edwards biopic, they should have Jason Bateman play him.

    Posted by: Zach | Jun 3, 2011 10:57:07 AM


  3. What a train wreck!

    Posted by: Gregor | Jun 3, 2011 11:11:45 AM


  4. To think this guy almost became President....remember it wasn't Hillary who placed second in the Iowa caucuses.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jun 3, 2011 11:20:14 AM


  5. “Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive”

    ~Sir Walter Scott 1808 from 'Marmion'

    If only he had been a republican, he probably would have got away with it.

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Jun 3, 2011 11:23:46 AM


  6. He should have just sent a pic of his wiener via Twitter.

    Posted by: Tweaker | Jun 3, 2011 11:32:57 AM


  7. Was he hoping to be more like Bill Clinton?

    Posted by: anon | Jun 3, 2011 12:14:27 PM


  8. He and his late wife bring new meaning to phony and hypocrite. I hope he goes to jail.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Jun 3, 2011 1:17:54 PM



  9. "He and his late wife bring new meaning to phony and hypocrite. I hope he goes to hell"

    Yes, and the Late Ronnie and his soon to be Late Nancy brought the old meaning to phony and hypocrite. I hope they go to hell.

    Now, let me get outta' here before I get addicted to the blogs again.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 3, 2011 2:24:07 PM


  10. Some where up in heaven, Elizabeth is smiling slyly.

    Posted by: TyInTenn | Jun 3, 2011 8:06:47 PM


  11. My how the mighty will fall! Rest in peace Elizabeth, the chickens have come home to roost. Now if only he will be found guilty!

    Posted by: RB | Jun 3, 2011 8:52:13 PM


  12. Maybe Edwards and Weiner can share a halfway house when they both get out of prison. Scumbags!

    Posted by: Trey | Jun 4, 2011 2:01:22 AM


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