John Edwards’ explanation of his affair with Rielle Hunter includes a good number of obvious lies apparent inconsistencies, going against his assertion that he was telling “99 percent” of the truth before coming clean on Friday.
Edwards admitted to the affair with Hunter, saying it began in 2006. He denied it for months after reports by the National Enquirer in October.
But discrepancies between his story and the timeline of events raise doubts about whether Edwards' attempts to come clean are half-truths at best.
A former close friend to John Edwards’ mistress said late Monday that the former presidential candidate’s affair began in February or early March of 2006 - or 3-4 months before Rielle Hunter was hired to work for his campaign.
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That's contrary to Edwards’ claim that the relationship began after Hunter was hired to film Edwards for a series of documentary-style web videos.
Pigeon O’Brien said by the time Hunter was signed on to the Edwards campaign as a videographer — for $114,000 — they were already getting it on.
“The affair began before [Rielle Hunter] was hired to work for the campaign,” said O’Brien. "She said that [John Edwards] was in love with her and she was in love with him and that the relationship was solid."