The prosecution rested its case today in the John Edwards trial, with testimony providing a glimpse at just how sky-high his political ambitions were just a few years ago, notes Politico:
- Vice president: As soon as he lost the Iowa caucuses in 2008, he reached out to Barack Obama's camp to trade his endorsement for the VP slot. He didn't contact Hillary Clinton because he thought a presidential victory by her would be a "disaster," said former Edwards adviser Leo Hinderly.
- Supreme Court: If he didn't get the VP slot, he talked about becoming attorney general, with the larger ambition of landing a seat on the Supreme Court.
Prosecutors also said the Edwards campaign spent $319,000 to hide his affair with Rielle Hunter, reports AP, money that went toward "luxury hotels, private jets, and a $20,000-a-month rental mansion in Santa Barbara." Tomorrow, the defense will ask that the case be dismissed. Assuming that formality goes nowhere, Edwards' attorneys are expected to present their case starting Monday.