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The U.S. Department of Justice is gearing up to throw the book at disgraced former presidential candidate John Edwards for alleged violations of campaign laws.

The alleged crimes took place as the former U.S. Senator tried to cover up an extra-marital affair and love child, revealed in '08 by the National Enquirer.

Edwards is aware the government intends to seek an indictment and is considering his (limited) options. He could accept a plea deal of some kind.

The government contend that huge donations made to his presidential campaign were used, illegally, to support and seclude his mistress, Rielle Hunter.

If the case were to proceed to trial, the government would have to prove that the intent of the donations was to cover-up the affair so that Edwards could continue his pursuit of the 2008 Democratic nomination for president.

Not a big stretch, according to his ex-aide Andrew Young.

The former staffer says he was intimately involved with all facets of the coverup - even claiming paternity. He also has a John Edwards sex tape, BTW.

Hunter was a campaign videographer with whom Edwards had a lengthy affair that resulted in a daughter, Frances Quinn Hunter, now three years old.

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Looks like John Edwards will be forced to kiss and tell. Under oath.

The disgraced former presidential candidate must testify in court about his infamous affair with Rielle Hunter, a North Carolina judge determined.

The testimony is part of a lawsuit filed by Hunter against Edwards' ex-aide, Andrew Young, regarding the sex tape she allegedly made with John.

Rielle Hunter and Quinn

Short story: Hunter wants the John Edwards sex tape back, while Young claimed that he found the tape in his home, therefore it's his now, lady.

Hunter lived with Young and his family to conceal Edwards cheating on his wife and getting Rielle pregnant while RUNNING FOR U.S. PRESIDENT.

Sorry, the absurdity of this story will likely never wear off.

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Rielle Hunter and John Edwards are not engaged.

Despite a report this week that John put a ring on it, "the reports are false and he is not engaged," a family spokesperson said earlier today.

Rielle Hunter Baby: Frances Quinn Hunter

Sheesh. How dare people assume an upstanding individual like John would ever pull such a move. It's not like he's some cad who cheated on his terminally ill wife and knocked up Rielle Hunter while running for U.S. President. Oh, wait ...

NOT ENGAGED: John Edwards, Rielle Hunter and their young daughter Quinn may be together someday, but not today. Check back this time next week.

Edwards' affair became public knowledge after he was busted in 2008. He denied their child was his until over a year later when he was busted again.

The disgraced former U.S. Senator's estranged wife, Elizabeth Edwards, passed away last month at age 61 after a long struggle with breast cancer.

At least she cut him out of her will at the last minute.

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Will Rielle Hunter become the next Mrs. John Edwards? Does National Enquirer have absolutely no shame? It's definitely possible and absolutely, yes.

Elizabeth Edwards passed away less than a month ago, and already, the notorious tabloid is playing up Hunter's possible marriage to John Edwards.

It was the Enquirer, of course, that blew the lid off Edwards' affair and love child with Rielle Hunter back in 2008. So we suppose you can't rule this out:

John Edwards Proposes!

NO SHAME: The Enquirer is pushing it with this one. On the flip side, John Edwards might actually be callous enough to pull a move like this. Dude's shady.

This story is really unlike any other we've covered in five years. The reports keep getting more and more absurd, and you keep assuming it has to be bogus.

Then a court subpoenas the real John Edwards sex tape and you can only scratch your head. We'd pencil in the nuptials for this summer, likely at his estate.

On a side note, the inset teaser of Tiger trying to burgle the diary of Elin Nordegren is LOL material. Pretty sure his reputation is as dinged up as it can be.

Then again ... look at Edwards. Hunt away, Tiges.

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The celebrity sex tape. It's become as common as a Lindsay Lohan trip to rehab.

As has been the case ever since Paris Hilton experimented with a camera and a dream, 2010 was yet another year filled with aspiring amateur porn stars, all of whom used the power of their genitalia to make headlines and increase bank accounts.

Below, we present the first-ever THG Sex Tape Awards, handed out to the real, the rumored and the downright disgusting...

Most Despicable: The year kicked off with a rumor that John Edwards actually filmed a sexual encounter with Rielle Hunter. We scoffed at first, but it was then proven true. Horribly, depressingly, incomprehensibly true.

Rielle Hunter, No Pants

Most Likely to Involve Roses, Drama: Bachelor castoff Rozlyn Papa was kicked off the show for fondling a producer. No surprise that she likes it in front of a camera.

Least Clothed Use of Performance Enhancement Drugs: Mindy McCready, Baseball Mistress.

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Rielle Hunter.

That name alone evoked anger and misery from Elizabeth Edwards until she passed away last week. Surprising? No. But the extent of the toll John Edwards' affair and illegitimate child took on his ailing wife is being revealed for the first time.

Rielle Hunter and Quinn

Interviewer Daphne Barak has kept this information secret until now, as Elizabeth requested. But now, in the wake of Eiizabeth's tragic death last week, she reveals specifically what happened when the scorned wife learned of John's cheating.

In March, Rielle Hunter posed half-dressed, with her baby daughter, in GQ, attacking Elizabeth and sending messages that she and John were still an item.

After years of being lied to, Elizabeth couldn't take it anymore.

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As friends and family mourning the death of Elizabeth Edwards, one celebrity news site waited a whole 12 hours before working the Rielle Hunter angle.

The infamous mistress of John Edwards hopes she and the former Democratic presidential candidate can get married now, according to Radar Online.

A source close to Rielle Hunter says she "has been very patient" and "believes that John is her soul mate, and thinks they are going to get married."

Rielle Hunter in GQ

Rielle Hunter in her bizarre GQ photo spread earlier this year.

To those who applauded her courage in dealing with John, who cheated on her and knocked up Rielle while Elizabeth battled cancer, this won't go over well.

At the time of Elizabeth Edwards' death, she was estranged from John. Radar's source revealed that Hunter has been closely watching Elizabeth's situation.

"She doesn't care about anyone but herself. She's been selfish and horrible this whole time, no matter what else has been said about her," the source said.

THG NOTE: That's pretty much all we've said about her.

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The incomparable Rielle Hunter, John Edwards' mistress, mother of his love child and possible sex tape partner, thinks she should be cashing in on this more.

The Rielle Deal is requesting all the profits from The Politician, the shocking tell-all memoir from Edwards' former aide and co-conspirator, Andrew Young.

Hunter believes she is entitled to all money generated by The Politician and any movie made from its contents, which largely revolve around herself.

In it, Andrew Young describes his efforts to help the former presidential candidate conceal his affair with Hunter and his paternity of their daughter.

Court documents allege that Rielle Hunter pictures and other personal property Young used in the book were private property and used illegally.

Rielle Hunter, No Pants

SEDUCTION: Rielle Hunter breaks marriages. Now she wants to break the bank.

Hunter and Young spoke privately in a Charlotte courtroom last month. A grand jury is still investigating Edwards' use of campaign funds to silence her.

Young has testified that he helped Edwards cover up the affair and the fact that he knocked up Rielle, even claiming that he, not John, fathered the kid.

Rielle is also suing for every copy of the alleged John Edwards sex tape, made when she was pregnant with their child. You're welcome for that imagery.

Hunter also wants photos from Young's laptop and a computer file.

On a side note, today's her baby daddy's birthday. Woo hoo!

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Disgraced politician John Edwards is determined to work out a "plea deal" to avoid jail time as the federal grand jury investigating continues to examine his case.

The bombshell developments surfaced earlier this week about the former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate from sources close to the situation in Raleigh, N.C.

John Edwards has been investigated by both the FBI and IRS for possible campaign violations related to paying hush money to his weird mistress Rielle Hunter.

The grand jury convened back in April 2009, and the National Enquirer reported this March that an indictment was imminent and Edwards will face consequences.

Sources say "John is terrified" of jail, too. Better man up, Johnny!

Will John Edwards do time for his bribes to Rielle Hunter?

But he may escape that fate yet. Edwards is working "around the clock behind the scenes with his lawyers to work out a deal with prosecutors," a source disclosed.

"John does not want to be indicted - and he certainly doesn't want to go to jail! It appears he's willing to cop to a misdemeanor. He's asking to keep his law license."

It appears, however, that "he will admit some guilt."

Beginning in 2007, a series of stories blew the lid off Edwards' affair with blonde divorcee Rielle Hunter and the birth of their love child, daughter Frances Quinn.

Rielle was on Edwards' campaign payroll. In August 2008, the issue of "hush money" paid to Rielle and Andrew Young, a married Edwards' aide, first arose.

It was Young who helped cover up the affair by claiming he, not Edwards, was involved with Rielle and had fathered her child, he later admitted.

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Rielle Hunter, mistress to that disgrace John Edwards and mother to his two-year-old love child, gives her first TV interview today on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

The weird videographer recounts how the former presidential candidate's cancer-stricken wife, Elizabeth, slowly learned the full extent of his affair with Rielle.

Slowly being the operative word.

Rielle Hunter recalls how it was Elizabeth who encouraged John to come clean about his infidelity in 2008 ... even though she didn't know "the whole truth."

In the first interview John gave confirming his affair with Rielle, he denied fathering her child. Edwards finally admitted it earlier this year. What a sleaze.

Rielle Hunter on Oprah Winfrey

Perhaps the most disturbing thing about Rielle Hunter? Besides the fact that she's still around at all? She somehow denies breaking up the politician's marriage.

"She doesn't think she's a home wrecker," Winfrey told the AP regarding Hunter. "She does not think she played a key role in breaking up the Edwards marriage."

Hunter told GQ in March (after taking off her pants, then dubiously claiming she was repulsed by the photos): "Infidelity doesn't happen in healthy marriages."

"The break in marriage happens before infidelity. That break happened, you know, two-and-a-half decades before I got there. The home was wrecked already."

Whatever helps you sleep at night, loser.

John and Elizabeth recently separated after 33 years of marriage. They had four children together. Follow the jump for the first clip of Rielle on Oprah ...

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