Andrew Young Testifies Against John Edwards

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Former aide Andrew Young, the star witness in the trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards, began his testimony against his former boss Monday.

Edwards is accused of using hundreds of thousands of dollars from 101-year-old Rachel "Bunny" Mellon and Fred Baron to conceal his affair with Rielle Hunter.

Young, testifying as the first witness Monday, said Mellon was an enthusiastic supporter who apologized for not being able to give more than $1 million.

Andrew Young and John Edwards

"She said she was close personal friends with Senators John and Bobby Kennedy and felt like Edwards was the best combination of them," Young testified.

Prosecutors say Edwards broke federal law by accepting about $725,000 from Mellon and more than $200,000 from Fred Baron, a now-deceased Texas lawyer.

The money was used to pay for Rielle Hunter's living and medical expenses, travel and accommodations to quash the scandal while he sought the presidency.

Edwards is accused of concealing the money from the public and the Federal Election Commission, which polices political contributions, in the 2008 campaign.

Federal prosecutors say he filed false and misleading campaign disclosure reports to do this, though Edwards denies any (legal) wrongdoing in the case.

The defense argues the money he received from Mellon and Baron was for personal reasons - to protect Edwards' wife, Elizabeth, who was dying of cancer.

Basically, he says he did it to hide his cheating from his family, and that the donors would have given the money regardless of these rare circumstances.

Of course, by concealing it from his family, he also hid it from the public, and made a serious run at the White House in the process.

Needless to say, the John Edwards trial represents a murky legal gray area.

Young, who is married, initially claimed he was the father of Hunter's child.

He went on to become the author of The Politician: An Insider's Account of John Edwards's Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down.

In the book, he accuses Edwards of using money from his rich benefactors to maintain his relationship with Hunter, breaking the law in the process.

Edwards admitted to his affair with Hunter in 2008, after his presidential ambitions foundered. In 2010, he admitted he was the father of Hunter's daughter.


Andrew Young looks like a SNITCH!!!!! LOL!!!!!


I have a level of sympathy for John Edwards. I think he was looking to escape the pain of watching his wife die. I know he didn't expect to get caught..but I think when he started the affair, he was just looking for a place to hide his pain. Where the "real" world didn't exist.
I also think the woman tricked him into getting pregnant. LISTEN all you gys out there. If you truly don't want to father children, protect yourself. DON'T pretend to believe the woman won't have her own agenda, and especially if you are a public or important person.
This whole thing, from start to finish, has been the result of a big mistake. And although everyone is pointing fingers and wagging tongues...there are quite a few that should be pointing fingers in their own mirrors.....


Still using Elizabeth. He used Mellon's money to hide his affair
with Rielle @ the same time protecting Elizabeth from getting hurt. Does he think everyone is stupid? He was protecting only himself & hiding his affair so he can also become the President of the US. Once elected, he'll treat everyone like trash.
When he was screwing Rielle & Elizabeth was dying, this man can't even find compassion for his dying wife. He only asked Elizabeth for forgiveness because he didn't want to feel guilty. He didn't get it....GOOD!
John Edwards is trying to screw the law as well. I hope they put
him in prison & at night all he see is Elizabeth's face. I also
hope his concience if he has any.....won't allow him to sleep. Not only is he a crook, con man,liar & people user too. He deserve what ever sentence they give him. Only then Elizabeth can rest in peace. God Bless this poor lady. The only place Edwards is going to is HELL.


They get so few of these pompous crooks. I hope they can convict him. Elizabeth had to suffer
more because of his selfishness.

Wv peach

Crook! I hope he's found guilty and goes to prison. To think that he so flagrantly carried on an affair as his wife lay slowly dying of cancer is abominable. Time to pay the piper John!

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I am and have been willing to take any test necessary to establish the fact that I am not the father of any baby, and I am truly hopeful that a test will be done so this fact can be definitively established.

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In 2006, I made a serious error in judgment and conducted myself in a way that was disloyal to my family and to my core beliefs.

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