Update: John Edwards Statement, ‘Ive done wrong, but I didn’t break the law’ John Edwards pleads ‘Not Guilty’
No he just used an elderly woman to finance his sexcapades. Read the full Indictment against Johnny Reid Edwards
(Via Memeorandum)WASHINGTON POST: The former U.S. senator from North Carolina was charged in a six-count indictment with conspiring to receive the contributions from political donors and using them to hide his mistress, Rielle Hunter, and her pregnancy from the public so his campaign would not be damaged. Edwards lost the nomination to Barack Obama, then a senator from Illinois, and the affair’s subsequent exposure destroyed Edwards’s once-promising political career.The indictment, returned by a federal grand jury in North Carolina, says the illegal contributions paid for Hunter’s living and medical expenses, along with travel needed to shield her from reporters. Prosecutors said this violated federal election laws that limit individual contributions to a campaign and require reporting of donations.
“We will not permit candidates for high office to abuse their special ability to access the coffers of their political supporters to circumvent our election laws,’’ said Lanny A. Breuer, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “Our campaign finance system is designed to preserve the integrity of democratic elections — for the presidency and all other elected offices — and we will vigorously pursue abuses of the kind alleged today.”
I don’t really have much to add here. He’s presumed innocent until proven otherwise, so I guess we’ll have to play the old wait-and-see on that one; but it sure looks like the Former Senator is in a whole heap of trouble. I’m sure you’ve heard the old throwaway line that “you can indict a ham sandwich” – well this is indicting a really big friggin sandwich. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that Edwards’s stature made the indictment harder to obtain. If anything, the very public story made that outcome more likely. What I am saying is that if this Justice Department is willing to pick up this case; I’d be willing to speculate that the evidence is pretty damning.
Either way, I can’t say I have any sympathy for Senator Edwards. I only hope for the sake of his children that this story comes and goes expeditiously and without the sideshow of sensationalism that has accompanied much of the fallout around this scandal. Elizabeth Edwards will find no “justice”
seeing the father of her children behind bars. I hope those on all sides of the political debate will remember that this is a case about campaign finance – not about infidelity.