Senator Pretty Hair to be indicted over campaign finance shenanigans

Posted by: ST on May 25, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Aww. There’s a tear in my beer. Not. Via the Charlotte Observer:

The U.S. Justice Department has given prosecutors the go-ahead to seek an indictment against former U.S. Senator and two-time presidential candidate John Edwards, according to multiple broadcast reports.

ABC News, which broke the story late Tuesday night, says Edwards, of North Carolina, has been informed of the development.

Edwards reportedly is considering whether to defend himself in a trial, or accept a plea agreement.

According to the ABC reports, Edwards, 57, faces scrutiny from federal prosecutors over the way 2008 presidential campaign money was used. Specifically, the network reports, investigators want to know if the Edwards campaign used donations to help shield the candidate’s mistress, Rielle Hunter, from the press.

Hunter was an aide in Edwards’ 2008 presidential campaign. Edwards has denied any misuse of campaign funds.

In addition, WRAL-TV in Raleigh reported Wednesday that investigators also are looking into the possible channeling of some campaign money from donor Rachel “Bunny” Mellon to a consulting agency.

WRAL said sources report a major development in the case is expected within the next two weeks.

The WSJ reports that Edwards’ lawyers are “in talks” with prosecutors to try and avoid a public spectacle:

This just in: Justice Department prosecutors and lawyers for former Sen. John Edwards are in last-ditch plea agreement talks that could avert felony charges over alleged campaign finance violations, people familiar with the matter said. Read the WSJ story here.

If the talks fail Wednesday, Justice Department prosecutors are expected to seek a grand jury indictment against Edwards, these people say. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.

Edwards’ was quoted as saying this back in late 2007 while running for President (reporting comes from a September 2007 Hendersonville News article – the link is no longer working):

Democrat John Edwards said Friday that the nation needs an honest and sincere president more than it needs the “next great politician.”

Asked by a voter what quality he possesses that other candidates lack, Edwards described what he would look for in a president if he was not running.

“I would absolutely require that the person I was voting for is someone I believe is honest and sincere and has integrity,” he said. “We don’t need the world’s next great politician as president. What we need is someone we can trust.

“We’re not looking for the most cunning, manipulative, artful politician. I’m not looking for that. Maybe someone else is,” he said. “I just don’t think that’s what America needs.”

Laughable, especially considering Edwards’ was far removed from any of that – and so is the guy who eventually won the presidency the next year.

TigerHawk characterizes the impending prosecution of Edwards as “poetic.” I couldn’t agree more.

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7 Responses to “Senator Pretty Hair to be indicted over campaign finance shenanigans”


  1. Phineas says:

    I admit it: I want bread and circuses. I’ve despised Edwards since 2004, and I so want to see him go through a humiliating trial. I’m bad. >:)

  2. Carlos says:

    Yep, the jackasses’ field was just packed full of honesty-challenged, ethically-challenged folk.

    Those are what we here in the backwoods call “liars” and “cheats.”

    And history since the election 2008 has borne that assessment out.

  3. Brontefan says:

    Because he was so self-centered and couldn’t wait for his wife to die… I personally hope he goes to jail. I am against dishonest politicians–no matter which party they’re in! I would like to see them all punished for cheating the American people!

  4. Carlos says:

    You’d have ta git rid of dang near all of ’em, Brontefan.

  5. Drew the Infidel says:

    Having been “put through the mill” by two cheating ex-wives, I hope every hardship he endures is made public; it is well-deserved and long overdue. The same with Tiger Woods and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

  6. Kate says:

    I really feel they should bring back the public stocks….so we could all throw garbage at the liars and cheats. They deserve public humiliation. Of course, we now have the internet to throw some of that their way, but they simply don’t have to listen to it all.

    If they cut a deal, I guess I wouldn’t be too surprised…these lawyers seem to make ways out for themselves when they get into bad scrapes, especially the policital types.

  7. captaingrumpy says:

    I really don’t believe there is such a persona as an “honest politician”. If one tried the campaign trail ,he would run out of “honest” funds and have to quit.They just don’t get free money,it’s all tied into special votes for something or other.
    What you have to do is pick the best of a bad bunch.