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.Edwards at first denied the affair, then was forced to admit that after being flat-out busted. He denied the baby was his until being similarly outed.
Young testified before a grand jury for nine hours in 2009, and also wrote a tell-all book that alleged Edwards was the mastermind of a cover-up.
Making matters worse, John's wife, Elizabeth Edwards, was battling advanced breast cancer throughout all of this. She passed away late last year.
Edwards has steadfastly maintained that he has broken no laws. He has very little credibility remaining, however, so a jury may decide his fate.
Amazingly, John makes Arnold Schwarzenegger look almost virtuous. The only lying he did regarding Mildred Patricia Baena was by omission!