According to the National Enquirer, multiple sources are now confirming their report from one week ago that a federal grand jury is investigating possible misuse of presidential campaign funds by John Edwards, which were said to have been used to pay off his mistress, with whom he had a secret love child.
Multiple local reports confirm that a federal grand jury did in fact convene on Wednesday in Raleigh, North Carolina. U.S. attorney George Holding said this weekend that he “was not going to confirm of deny any investigation” regarding Edwards.
Grand jury proceedings are kept strictly secret, and attorneys caught discussing such investigations in the public or with the press are subject to criminal prosecution.
Edward’s mentor, Wade Smith, a top NC lawyer, is believed to be representing Edwards before the grand jury investigation. Smith, however, declined to comment on whether he was representing the former NC Senator.
“I’m at a place where I cannot make any comment to confirm or deny. I can’t say anything. It’s possible, at some later point, I can,” said Smith.
In late 2007, the National Enquirer first broke the news of John Edwards affair with former campaign staffer Rielle Hunter. The Enquirer also later revealed that he had secretly fathered a child with Hunter. Edwards denied the affair for months, until finally admitting to his indiscretions in August , after the Enquirer caught him visiting Hunter and her child in the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel last summer. He has consistently denied being the father of Hunter’s child, but this has not been confirmed by any DNA or paternity testing.
Edwards has also been accused of paying either his campaign staffer Andrew Young, who has claimed to be the father of Hunter’s child, or his mistress, any funds from the campaign. A longtime Edwards supporter, Fred Baron, who died last fall, claimed to have provided the hush money.
With a federal investigation underway, it is pretty clear that not everyone believed what Edwards and his friends claimed to be the truth.
Previous related stories:
Dec. 2007 –
John Edwards Allegedly Had Secret Affair & Fathered a Child with Rielle Hunter
July 2008 –
John Edwards Affair & Lovechild Allegations Resurface, This Time He Was Caught Red-Handed
August 6, 2008 –
National Enquirer Finally Releases John Edwards Lovechild Photos
August 8, 2008 –
John Edwards Admits to Having an Affair
August 9, 2008 –
Video: John Edwards on ABC’s “NightLine” Interview Admitting Adultery
August 9, 2008 –
Rielle Hunter’s Family Calls on John Edwards to Take Paternity Test
August 9, 2008 –
Dallas Attorney Admits to Paying Edwards’ Mistress
August 10, 2008 –
Edwards’ Mistress Will Not Have a Paternity Test, Inaccuracies in Edwards’ Claims Arise
August 13, 2008 –
The National Enquirer Exposes More of John Edwards’ Lies
August 14, 2008 –
Edwards’ Wife Stuck with Him for the Sake of the Kids
August 15, 2008 –
National Enquirer: More Dirt on Edwards to Come
September 18, 2008 –
Elizabeth Edwards Speaks Out About Her Husband’s Affair

Federal Grand Jury Investigating John Edwards Possible Misuse of Campaign Funds to Pay Off Mistress
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