Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards will be indicted for illegal contributions made to his campaign to cover up an extra-marital affair.
The Justice Department is set to indict former presidential candidate John Edwards on charges that he violated campaign finance laws trying to cover up an extramarital affair during the last presidential campaign, according to multiple reports.
A source close to the investigation told ABC News that Edwards is aware of the Justice Department's plans and could try to arrange a plea deal to avoid a trial.
The former North Carolina senator had an affair with Rielle Hunter that began after she was hired to produce promotional videos for his campaign. The two had a daughter together.
The investigation focuses on two wealthy donors, Rachel "Bunny" Mellon and Fred Baron, who the government alleges donated more than $1 million in funds to aid the cover-up of the affair. The government will argue that amounted to illegal campaign contributions.
According to WRAL, questions exist regarding millions of dollars' worth of donations from Mellon toward a nonprofit called The Alliance for a New America, which supported Edwards' campaign. Some of those funds apparently went toward fees to a consultancy agency that no longer exists.
Former Edwards aide Andrew Young is expected to be a star witness against his ex-boss. Young first claimed paternity for the love child and then turned on Edwards, fingering him to the Justice Department.
His career was already over but can you remember any retrospectives written even by friendly media? Edwards is a slimeball both personally and politically and anything bad that befalls him is probably too good an outcome.