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Edwards Aimed for Supreme Court Seat

He also pushed to be Obama's VP or attorney general
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2012 6:13 PM CDT
Edwards Aimed for Supreme Court Seat
John Edwards arrives at a federal courthouse in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday.   (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

(Newser) – 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.

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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. (Read more John Edwards stories.)

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