Feds to Indict John Edwards in Mistress Cover-Up
Illegal contributions used to hide affair, officials charge
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted May 25, 2011 2:00 AM CDT
Updated May 25, 2011 7:00 AM CDT
Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards leaves funeral services for estranged wife Elizabeth Edwards last year.   (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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(Newser) – Former presidential contender John Edwards will be charged with accepting illegal campaign contributions that he used to cover up an affair with his mistress, Justice Department sources have revealed. Federal prosecutors will aim to prove that the intent of over $1 million in donations from a pair of wealthy backers was to hide Edwards' affair with campaign videographer Rielle Hunter so it wouldn't hurt his run for the 2008 presidency, ABC News reports.

A key witness in the case is expected to be Edwards' former aide Andrew Young, who initially claimed paternity of Hunter's out-of-wedlock baby girl in order to shield his married boss. Young is one of more than a dozen witnesses who have testified before a grand jury investigating the Edwards's campaign over the last two years. Young wrote a tell-all book about Edwards' plot to keep the affair from the public. Edwards is expected to be indicted in the next two weeks, though he could reach a plea deal before that time, reports MSNBC.