The justice department is to accuse Edwards, once a rising star of the Democratic party as its 2004 vice-presidential candidate, of accepting substantial donations to his 2008 campaign from two wealthy supporters in order to cover up the relationship with his campaign videographer, Rielle Hunter, and the fact that they had a child together.
The charges come out of a grand jury investigation which heard from more than a dozen witnesses including Edwards\’s former chief aide, Andrew Young, who at one time covered up for his boss by falsely claiming paternity of the child and then writing a book about it.
Last year, Young discovered a video tape of Edwards having sex with Hunter among a box of personal possessions left at his home by his former boss\’s mistress. A judge ordered the tape to be turned over to the court as part of an investigation into whether cash given to Hunter by Edwards was in effect hush money.
Edwards is to be accused of using the campaign donations to support and seclude Hunter.
Edwards now faces the choice of attempting to reach a plea bargain which would result in him being struck off as a lawyer or taking his chances on a trial and the prospect of prison time.
Couldn\’t happen to a nicer man.