John Edwards Dismissal: Edwards Trial & Dismissal
Published: May 15, 2012
John Edwards Dismissal: Edwards Trial & Dismissal, John Edwards fought to keep his cancer-stricken wife happy because he feared her ‘volcanic’ temper if she found out he was having an affair, it was claimed today.
Democratic pollster Harrison Hickman, speaking in the former senator’s defence, claimed the presidential candidate used secret donations to keep his affair secret from Mrs Edwards, not to promote his campaign.
Mr Edwards apparently went to extraordinary lengths to placate his wife Elizabeth, but could not avoid her rage when she found out about his relationship with aide Rielle Hunter, who was pregnant with his child.
‘I don’t mean to say this in a disparaging way – it was volcanic,’ Mr Hickman said in court. ‘She could get upset about things, but she was really upset about this.
‘She kept saying I don’t want to be humiliated. I don’t want my kids to have to deal with this.’
He added that Mr Edwards ‘did everything he could to placate Mrs Edwards’ and ‘acquiesced to Elizabeth Edwards making decisions’.
Earlier a campaign financial officer for Mr Edwards testified that she did not report $1million given to conceal his pregnant mistress because she did not believe they were campaign contributions.
Lora Haggard, chief financial officer of the John Edwards for President committee in 2008, said in court on Monday that even after Edwards was indicted on campaign finance charges in June 2011, she did not amend the campaign’s financial reports to include the money.
The former presidential candidate’s defence lawyers tried to steer away from details of his extramarital affair and focus on federal campaign law.
Ms Haggard was the first witness called by Edwards’ defence on Monday as it began rebutting government charges against the two-time presidential hopeful who served as the Democrats’ vice presidential nominee in 2004.
‘I did not believe them to be contributions to the campaign,’ Ms Haggard said. ‘They were not contributions to the campaign to urge the public to vote for Mr Edwards.’
Edwards, 58, is accused of allowing more than $900,000 in secret donor money to be used to hide his extramarital affair during his 2008 run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Defence attorneys are attacking the foundation of the prosecution’s argument that the money should be considered an illegal campaign contribution intended to influence the outcome of an election.
But even the federal government was split on that, the defence argued. The Federal Election Commission previously decided that the money was not a campaign contribution, according to the defence. (Daily Mail)
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