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In a court filing, prosecutors said former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen arranged the secret payments at the height of the 2016 campaign “in coordination with and at the direction of” Trump, a remarkable disclosure with potential political and legal ramifications for a president dogged by investigations. The payments are likely to become a target for House Democrats gearing up to investigate the president next year. It’s unclear whether Trump faces legal jeopardy over his role. At trial, John Edwards’s lawyers argued that the payments were aimed at hiding his affair with Rielle Hunter from Edwards’s wife, and were not an election related cover up. Jurors acquitted Edwards on one count related to a payment made after he had already suspended his campaign and deadlocked on five other counts. The judge declared a mistrial, and the Justice Department opted not to retry the case.

[July 25 2018]

Rielle Hunter:  Sen. John Edwards 2007 call-girl friend worked for Anna Gristina?Lanny Davis said to NBC News that the content of the Cohen-Trump tape “sounds like a John Edwards case.”

From a legal perspective, the more pressing question is whether the proposed payment to McDougal—whether in the form of cash or a check—would have represented a campaign expenditure, and whether the Trump campaign was planning to disclose it. Since the deal with American Media, Inc., the Enquirer’s parent company, appears not to have gone through, this issue may seem to be moot—but it might not be. Cohen’s payment of a hundred and thirty thousand dollars to the porn star Stormy Daniels, who also claims to have had an affair with Trump, did go through.

[ April 24 2012  Next Witness: Andrew Young, former aide to former U.S. Sen. and presidential candidate John Edwards ]

 

The 28,200-square-foot Edwards home in Orange County valued at $6 million

The 28,200-square-foot Edwards home in Orange County valued at $6 million

The 28,200-square-foot Edwards home in Orange County, main house is 10,400 square feet and has two garages. The recreation building, a red, barn-like building containing 15,600 square feet, is connected to the house by a closed-in and roofed structure of varying widths and elevations that totals 2,200 square feet. The main house is all on one level except for a 600-square-foot bedroom and bath area above the guest garage. The recreation building contains a basketball court, a squash court, two stages, a bedroom, kitchen, bathrooms, swimming pool, a four-story tower, and a room designated “John’s Lounge.”

The High Point

The High Point

The Family Men

The Family Men

Oct. 10, 2007: The National Enquirer publishes its first report on Edwards’ affair, but doesn’t release the name of the woman. Edwards’ spokesperson says the allegations are “false, absolute nonsense.”
Oct. 11, 2007: “The story is false. It’s completely untrue, ridiculous,” Edwards tells reporter.
Oct. 22, 2007: Edwards has been having an affair with his campaign staff videographer, Rielle Hunter, the Enquirer reports.
Dec. 12, 2007: A pregnant Hunter tells the Enquirer that Andrew Young, a longtime Edwards aide, is the father of the baby. “This has no relationship to nor does it involve John Edwards in any way,” Rielle says.
Dec. 31, 2007: The Enquirer reports that there is a massive cover-up taking place to protect the former senator.
Jan. 30, 2008: Edwards drops out of the race.
July 22, 2008: The Enquirer catches Edwards trying to leave the Beverly Hilton at 2:40 a.m. after visiting Hunter and their daughter.
July 23, 2008: “I don’t talk about these tabloids. They’re tabloid trash and just full of lies,” Edwards tells reporters in Houston.
August 8, 2008: Edwards admits to the affair, telling ABC News’ Bob Woodruff that his political success “fed a self-focus, an egotism, a narcissism that leads you to believe that you can do whatever you want.” But he denies again that the baby is his.
August 6, 2009: Hunter testifies before a grand jury about her relationship with Edwards.
Jan. 21, 2010: Edwards owns up to being the father of Hunter’s daughter. “It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter, and, hopefully, one day, when she understands, she will forgive me,” he said in a statement.
Jan. 27, 2010: Reports emerge that Edwards and his wife Elizabeth have separated.
Jan. 28, 2010: Young tells ABC’s Bob Woodruff that he has a sex tape Edwards and Hunter made a few months before the Iowa caucuses.
Dec. 7, 2010: Elizabeth Edwards dies after battling cancer.
June 3, 2011: Edwards is indicted on six federal felony charges, including conspiring to violate campaign finance laws. more

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John Bolton:
Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice (1985–1989);
His Justice Department position as an assistant attorney general required him to advance Reagan administration positions, including[40] opposition to financial reparations to Japanese-Americans held in World War II–era internment camps;[41] the insistence of Reagan’s executive privilege during William Rehnquist’s chief justice confirmation hearings, when Congress asked for memos written by Rehnquist as a Nixon Justice Department official;[42] shepherding the judicial nomination process for Antonin Scalia;[40] and the framing of a bill to control illegal immigration as an essential drug war measure.[40] He was also involved in the Iran–Contra affair.
Since 1988 Mr. Bolton has been Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division at the Department of Justice. Prior to this, he was Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Justice, 1985 – 1988. He was a partner with Covington & Burling, 1983 – 1985, and executive director of the Committee on Resolutions for the Republican National Committee, 1983 – 1984. He was Assistant Administrator for Program and Policy Coordination, 1982 – 1983, and General Counsel, 1981 – 1982, at the Agency for International Development.

 

[March 21 2012 John Edwards and Rielle Hunter and Paula Broadwell ]

 

John Edwards was certain that he was having a heart attack, so he called Rielle Hunter, it is said. .She rushed over from her place in Charlotte. On being released from N.C. Memorial Hospital, Edwards returned to the Chapel Hill, N.C., estate he once shared with his late wife Elizabeth.
He now lives there with his two youngest kids, Emma Claire, 14, and Jack, 12. He and Rielle are not living together,
Paula Broadwell, Gen. David Petraeus’s “other woman,” lives just about 1.6 miles away from the home of Rielle Hunter. Both women reside in the Dilworth section of Charlotte, N.C.

[September 15, 2012]

“I don’t want to talk about our relationship,” she says, sweetly but firmly.

The jurors were unable to reach a verdict on the remaining five counts, which included a conspiracy charge and two charges related to donations from another wealthy donor, the late Fred Baron. The Justice Department filed notice with U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Eagles in North Carolina on Wednesday that it was dropping the remaining charges.

 Loews Hotels Regency Edwards

Loews Hotels Regency Edwards


Andrew Young, the former aide who wrote the tell-all book about Edwards’ 2008 presidential bid, is on the prosecution’s list, as is his wife, Cheri.
• Rielle Hunter, the former campaign videographer at the heart of the case, could be called by either side.

• Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, the centenarian who provided hundreds of thousands of dollars for living expenses for Hunter, and Lisa Blue, the widow of Fred Baron, the wealthy Texas lawyer, who helped out, too, are on the government’s list.
Julianna Smoot, deputy manager of President Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential re-election campaign and a former professional fundraiser for the Democratic party, is on the prosecution’s witness list. She works in Chicago. Until March, she was the White House social secretary. She graduated from Smith. She is a daughter of Edward B. Smoot and Julia L. Smoot of Willow Springs, N.C.

High-profile North Carolina lawyers Joseph B. Cheshire V, Jim Cooney and Wade Smith are on Edwards’ list of possible witnesses.

Both Cooney and Smith represented Edwards for a time. Smith withdrew from Edwards’ team when it became clear he might be called as a witness to talk about a phone conversation he had with Alex Forger, Mellon’s lawyer.

Bryan Huffman, an interior decorator from western North Carolina who was involved in the transfer of money from Mellon, is listed as a potential witness for both the prosecution and defense.

Cate Edwards, the grown daughter of the former presidential candidate and one-term Democratic senator, could be called to testify on her father’s behalf.

Edwards’ former law partner David Kirby is on both lists. Josh Stein, a state senator from Raleigh and former campaign manager for Edwards’ senate run, is listed as a witness for the prosecution.

[April 12]More than three years after the federal government launched an investigation into the financing of the cover-up of Edwards’ affair with fledgling videographer Rielle Hunter, jury selection is finally set to begin.

Both sides agreed at a pre-trial hearing that the video made by Edwards mistress Rielle Hunter should not be shown to jurors deciding whether the Democrat is guilty of campaign finance violations. Hunter sued Young and his wife in 2010 over control of the sex tape, which had been left at a property controlled by Young. During the resulting court fight, campaign aide Andrew Young gave sometimes conflicting accounts of how many copies he made of the sex tape he purloined and how many people saw it.
A state judge found the Youngs in contempt of court for not following his orders to turn over all copies of the tape, though the contempt threat was dropped once the Youngs complied.
The case is about far more than a coverup of infidelities; that, among other things, Edwards’s maneuvering left him open to manipulation and bribery by illicit contributors had he reached the White House. Edwards maintains contact with Hunter for the sake of seeing their daughter who lives a couple of hours away, in North Carolina. Edwards “wants to always be there for Quinn,” Edwards’s legal team is led by well-known Washington lawyer Abbe Lowell, who assumed control of the defense after a series of other lawyers, including Obama’s former White House counsel Gregory Craig, left the case amid rumors that they were unable to secure a plea deal to Edwards’s liking. Added to Senator John Edwards defense lawyers Washington attorneys Abbe Lowell and Chris Man : Alan Duncan and Allison Van Laningham, who both represented Edwards’ mistress, Rielle Hunter, in her civil lawsuit against former Edwards aide Andrew Young over items she claims were stolen from her, including a videotape purported to show Edwards and Hunter having sex.

 


[March 22] In an interview with “Extra” from early 2007 Rielle Hunter confirmed that she approached Edwards in a Loews Hotels Regency bar.
— A call girl working for alleged “Millionaire Madam” Anna Gristina told investigators she was paid to have sex with former U.S. Sen. John Edwards when he was in New York raising money for his failed presidential bid, DNAinfo has learned.
Edwards is the first big name to surface in connection to Gristina’s alleged prostitution scheme run out of an Upper East Side apartment.

Edwards allegedly hooked up with one of Gristina’s high-end hookers in 2007 when the dashing pol from North Carolina brought his then high-flying presidential campaign to the Big Apple.
The one-night fling allegedly took place at an Upper East Side hotel suite and was arranged by an aide with help from a New Yorker familiar with Gristina’s prostitution ring, sources said.
“On The Inside” sources said investigators were able to substantiate that Edwards was in New York on a fund-raising tour at the time of the alleged encounter.
Records show the Edwards campaign spent thousands of dollars for near-monthly stays at the Loews Hotels Regency at 540 Park Ave. on the Upper East Side in 2007, along with stays at several other Manhattan hotels including a Comfort Inn on West 39th Street.
The Loews Hotels Regency is also where he reportedly met videographer Rielle Hunter, who bore Edwards a love child while his wife, Elizabeth, battled cancer.

Rielle Hunter

Rielle Hunter


John Edwards’s former mistress, Rielle Hunter, has been granted immunity for anything she says on the stand during the ex-presidential candidate’s trial, according to a report on Thursday.
Federal prosecutors granted Hunter immunity from criminal charges if she is called as a witness. The former senator and ex-Democratic presidential candidate is accused of conspiring to violate campaign-finance laws and using about $1 million from campaign donors to cover up his affair and child with Hunter. Prosecutors have said they will likely call Hunter to the stand.
Edwards’s trial, which had been delayed because of a life-threatening heart condition, is now set to begin next month. Jury selection starts April 12 and opening arguments will kick off April 23.
Aside from getting excited “about missing her period,” the former political videographer is preparing for baby #2 by embracing her new soccer mom lifestyle, making friends with other moms, and abstaining from alcohol.
“Rielle’s biological clock is ticking loudly and she’s desperate to have another baby with John,” a source close to Rielle says. “She’s not sure what the future holds for John, and that’s what made her even more determined. She wants to get pregnant before the trial begins.”
“She’d love to have another sibling for their daughter Quinn. And John, who loves children as much as she does, is on board with the baby plan — and it’s given him even more impetus to win his trial and not go to prison.”

John and Frances

John and Frances


Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) will stand trial on campaign finance-related charges; jury selection to begin April 12 and opening arguments for April 23.

Edwards is facing six felony charges stemming from nearly $1 million in payments two of his political backers made to cover expenses incurred by his mistress, Rielle Hunter, and her child that Edwards fathered. Some of the money was paid as Edwards was running for president in 2007 and 2008. Some of it was paid after he quit the race.

The government contends that the payments were campaign donations intended to advance his political career.
 

John Edwards Indictment

John Edwards Indictment

 

Grand Jury Allegations

Grand Jury Allegations


[December 22, 2011]A federal judge says she has two letters from a cardiologist saying ex-presidential candidate John Edwards has a life-threatening condition that will require surgery in February.
The letters were revealed during a hearing Friday to consider whether the 58-year-old ex-North Carolina Senator would go on trial later this month for alleged campaign finance violations.
Attorneys for Edwards were seeking a 60-day delay to allow time for Edwards to recover. The judge delayed the trial to March 26.
Edwards was in court at the judge’s request, although doctors advised him to avoid travel and all court proceedings.
Prosecutors say they’re ready to try Edwards on six felony and misdemeanor counts related to nearly $1 million from wealthy donors used to help hide his pregnant mistress during his 2008 While House run. The latest from the National Enquirer: “John Edwards Secret Wedding to Rielle! His desperate attempt to CHEAT JUSTICE.” The mainstream media normally would turn a blind eye to such headlines. But this case – made for the tabloids with its infidelity, Hollywood-handsome characters, large financial gifts and jet-setting lifestyles – has been stranger than fiction. The tabloids, with reports that seemed farfetched and bogus, often had the story right and first.

[December 22]John Edwards says he has been diagnosed with a medical condition that would make it difficult for him to attend his approaching criminal trial over campaign finances and is asking for it to be delayed.

In a motion filed Thursday, Edwards’ lawyers asked a federal judge to delay the start of the Jan. 30 trial for at least two months. They did not disclose his illness and filed sealed records with the court. Prosecutors said they are ready to try Edwards on six felony and misdemeanor counts related to nearly $1 million from wealthy donors used to help hide his pregnant mistress during his 2008 run for the While House.
Has disgraced ex-senator, Edwards’ whose illicit affair with Rielle Hunter, 47, and her pregnancy was uncovered during the 2008 presidential campaign , asked the blonde divorcee to move into his North Carolina home? Is she “considering the move?”
[June 3]John Edwards, the former Democratic senator from North Carolina, pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he conspired to cover up an extramarital affair while running for president in 2008 by “secretly obtaining,” misusing and misreporting certain campaign contributions in violation of federal law.
He entered his plea at the federal courthouse in Winston-Salem on the afternoon of June 3, setting the stage for a trial to begin July 11. When the judge read him his list of rights, including the right to remain silent, Mr. Edwards, who was the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2004 and twice a candidate for president, said: “Your honor, I’m an attorney. I’m aware of that.”

GENERAL ALLEGATIONS
Relevant Persons and Entities
1. From in or about 1999 until in or about 2005,
JOHNNY REID EDWARDS was a United States
Senator from the State of North Earolina. From in or about 2007
until in or about 2008, EDWARDS was a candidate for the office of
President of the United States. A centerpiece of
candidacy was his public image as a devoted family man. The
communication strategy developed by campaign stressed
the importance of publicizing, among other things, “that
family comes first.”
2. Person A,`a long-time assistant to EDWARDS, worked
for EDWARDS on his presidential campaign. Person A’s duties as a
campaign employee included, among other things, handling personal
tasks on behalf of EDWARDS.
3. From in or about February 2006 through at least in
or about August 2008, EDWARDS had an extramarital affair with
Person B, which resulted in a pregnancy and the birth of a child.
4. Person was a political supporter of EDWARDS
beginning in or about 2004.
5. Person was involved in raising campaign funds
for EDWARDS, and served as his campaign’s Finance Chair during
the 2008 presidential campaign cycle.
6. In or about January 2007, EDWARDS formed the “John
Edwards for President” Committee to receive contributions to
EDWARDS in support of his candidacy for President of the United
States.
Federal Campaign Contribution Limit
and Disclosure Requirements
7. The Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as
amended, Title 2, United States Code, Sections 431 through 455
(the “Election Act”), was a federal statute that regulated the
influence of money on politics in order to prevent corruption and
the appearance of corruption in federal elections.
8. In order to restrict the influence that any one
person could have on the outcome of the 2008 primary election for
President of the United States, the Election Act established that
the most an individual could contribute to any candidate for that
primary election was $2,300. The Election Act also prohibited
presidential candidates from accepting contributions from
individuals in excess of this limit. EDWARDS and the John
Edwards for President Committee were subject to the Election Act
and its contribution limit.
9. The Election Act’s contribution limit applied to
anything of value provided for the purpose of influencing the
presidential election, including contributions to a candidate
and his/her campaign; expenditures made in cooperation,
consultation, or concert, with, or at the request or suggestion
of, a candidate or his/her campaign; and payments for
personal expenses of a candidate unless they would have been made
irrespective of the candidacy.
10. The Federal Election Commission was an
agency of the Executive Branch of the United States Government
responsible for the administration and civil enforcement of
federal election and campaign finance laws.
11. The Election Act required each presidential
campaign committee to file periodic campaign finance reports with
the FEC. In these reports, the committees were required to
identify each person who, during the relevant reporting period,
contributed more than $200 to the committee, together with the
date and the amount of any such contribution. The committees
were also required to disclose expenditures by the campaign.
EDWARDS, through the John Edwards for President Committee, was
required tc and did, in fact, file these periodic reports with
the`FEC.
12. The periodic reports that campaign committees
filed with the FEC were made available to the public. These
reports were intended to provide citizens with a transparent
record of the amounts and sources of campaign contributions, and
were intended to assist voters in making informed decisions at
the polls.