Grand jury about to dig deep into Edwards’ campaign financing?

posted at 2:15 pm on October 8, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

It seems that the Department of Justice is interested in more than just the funding that kept Rielle Hunter quiet during the presidential campaign of John Edwards.  The Daily Beast’s Diane Dimond reports that more than 20 subpoenas have been issued in the investigation of Edwards’ campaign finances, far more than were involved in handling Hunter.  The flurry of subpoenas also shows that the Department of Justice has decided that there is substantial reason to continue:

My sources confirm that Holding’s investigators, having reconstructed how they believe former Edwards’ Senate staffer Andrew Young bankrolled hiding the pregnant Hunter for his boss, took their findings to Washington. Given the national scope and political sensitivity, they determined that the top dogs at the U.S. Justice Department should decide whether to continue targeting the former presidential candidate. By all accounts, including sources close to the case that I spoke with, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s team realized there was enough “there” there to keep the Edwards case active. The Justice Department not only approved the investigation should continue, full steam ahead, but also ordered the latest round of subpoenas.

The sheer number of subpoenas is a telling clue. According to former Edwards staffers who wish to remain anonymous, there were far fewer than 20 people in the loop about how Edwards funded his “Hide Hunter” scheme. Furthermore, those in the inner circle of confidants—including Chief of Staff Miles Lackey; Jonathan Price who, according the sources, “handled all things Rielle;” and Nick Baldick and Alexis Barr, who possessed the check-writing ability connected to Edwards’ nonprofit groups—are believed to have already testified before the grand jury. So these subpoenas seem to indicate that the feds are looking beyond questions surrounding how Hunter got money.

The next clue comes via a source who is familiar with the inner workings of the case and who has been close to Edwards for years. This person tells me that these newly subpoenaed witnesses are primarily Washington, D.C.-based. That hints at the possibility that prosecutors might be looking past the presidential campaign itself and toward how Edwards’ operated his former Senate office—and perhaps even to the actions of Edwards’ estranged and cancer-stricken wife, Elizabeth.

That won’t be good news for Edwards at all, who has mostly remained quiet since the scandals broke in 2008.  This will thrust him back into the spotlight, just at a moment when Democrats can least afford it.  They are already taking fire on all sides over policy and scandal, and given that Edwards ran on the national ticket in 2004 and contended in the top tier for the nomination in 2008, this is an association they can ill afford.

The question to ask is how many of those in the money circles are still working with the Democrats in 2010.  After all, Edwards was a mainstream Democrat with powerful connections to the usual Democratic-supporting institutions, especially unions.  This could have a far-reaching impact not in 2010 (unless the testimony results in indictments in the next couple of weeks), but in 2012 when Barack Obama needs to tap into them.  The “Washington DC-based” witnesses may have connections to Edwards’ Senate activities, but it’s also important to note that Edwards didn’t actually spend all that much time as a Senator.  Like Obama, he spent most of his single term running for the Presidency.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION (D), Ambulance Chaser edition.

Good Lt on October 8, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Big deal, he’s a nobody now and forever.

Dig deep into Billy Jeff, Shillary, Manbearpig and TOTUS.

reaganaut on October 8, 2010 at 2:18 PM

all that money went for hairbrushes, diet coke, whores and trying to put his “baby daddy” story under the rocks…

ted c on October 8, 2010 at 2:21 PM

That won’t be good news for Edwards at all, who has mostly remained quiet since the scandals broke in 2008. This will thrust him back into the spotlight, just at a moment when Democrats can least afford it.

I’m conflicted on this. If this were to look bad for Dems, wouldn’t, or couldn’t Obama order Holder to hold off til after the elections? If so, why didn’t he? They seem to have no issues holding ethics investigations til after the midterms, so why is this so different? Because of law? We already know how the DOJ feels about certain law, and white people. Something that would cast aspersion on the Dems seems just as likely to get a hold back from the DOJ, does it not?

The only reason I can think of, for Holder to pursue this is….it’s meant to blind and distract us from something bigger going on.

capejasmine on October 8, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Yet another example of the Democrat-controlled media failing to do their job. Remember, this crook-with their help-was almost elected Vice President of the United States in 2004. If he had been properly vetted, he would never have been on the ticket in the first place-and that goes for his “running mate” that year as well.

And yes, I know that the grand jury isn’t investigating 2004 here. But anyone who thinks he suddenly turned bad after that year is simply delusional.

Del Dolemonte on October 8, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Maybe they should include J Kerry.

tinkerthinker on October 8, 2010 at 2:24 PM

20 subpoenas have been issued in the investigation of Edwards’ campaign finances

.
And that’s just for the hair care products!

LincolntheHun on October 8, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Except for the phony videos that they paid her what – 120k to make, I thought it was the rich guy who forked over the cash.

Blake on October 8, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Look, I’m no Edwards fan…and I don’t doubt for one second that he deserves a serious investigation…but does anyone notice that suddenly the DOJ is interested in investigating something shady…..by a white guy? Just wonderin’ out loud.

search4truth on October 8, 2010 at 2:25 PM

“A heartbeat away.”

Robert_Paulson on October 8, 2010 at 2:26 PM

The question to ask is how many of those in the money circles are still working with the Democrats in 2010.

I would have to assume they are not Obama people or this would never have happened. Hillary connections, perhaps?

golfmann on October 8, 2010 at 2:27 PM

I don’t want to live in a country where it is wrong to hide your mistress and love child in Montecito!

Blake on October 8, 2010 at 2:27 PM

The only reason I can think of, for Holder to pursue this is….it’s meant to blind and distract us from something bigger going on.

capejasmine on October 8, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Holder: See, I’m impartial, I investigate Democrats too, so quit whining about ACORN & NBPP.

Edwards is toast politically (though maybe he could get a CNN gig) so it’s easy to go after him.

rbj on October 8, 2010 at 2:29 PM

including Chief of Staff Miles Lackey

John Edwards had/has a subordinate named “Lackey”?

That’s just too good.

ExUrbanKevin on October 8, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Quick John, call Gloria Alred.

fourdeucer on October 8, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Quick John, call Gloria Alred.

fourdeucer on October 8, 2010 at 2:30 PM

first, change your name to Juan Eduardo and make sure that you cry a lot….k?

ted c on October 8, 2010 at 2:32 PM

The irony is what I am enjoying…here is a man who made his fortune in the court room, filing ridiculous lawsuits,and basically blackmailing doctors for money.
Now the system he so relied on for making money, giving him power, is going to take that all away from him.
It took awhile, but revenge is a dish best served cold…

right2bright on October 8, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Gee, do you think Edwards made an enemy somewhere? Look how they circled the wagons around the Clintons and others.

Will he get more than a rap on the knuckles?

dogsoldier on October 8, 2010 at 2:34 PM

He needed two sets of books for the Two Americas.

Christien on October 8, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Thank you again, National Enquirer!!

LASue on October 8, 2010 at 2:36 PM

I don’t want to live in a country where it is wrong to hide your mistress and love child in Montecito!

Blake on October 8, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Most of the posters won’t understand what Montecito is…Omelet house? Oh, yeah, a fun place to eat…but the area, nothing but millionaires and beautiful scenery.

right2bright on October 8, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Dig deep into Billy Jeff, Shillary, Manbearpig and TOTUS.

reaganaut on October 8, 2010 at 2:18 PM

This:

Holder: See, I’m impartial, I investigate Democrats too, so quit whining about ACORN & NBPP.

rbj on October 8, 2010 at 2:29 PM

DOJ being selective on who they investigate.
How ’bout investigating BO’s campaign contributions from OVERSEAS, too?
And how ’bout we look into the death of Vince Foster for REAL?
And how ’bout the Clinton idiot who destroyed National Archives documents & shoved some down his pants/socks?
Selective.

Badger40 on October 8, 2010 at 2:36 PM

He needed two sets of books for the Two Americas.

Christien on October 8, 2010 at 2:35 PM

LOL, winner.

Proud Rino on October 8, 2010 at 2:37 PM

by a white guy? Just wonderin’ out loud.

search4truth on October 8, 2010 at 2:25 PM

It has been awhile, and because he is a high profile attorney, they probably checked, double checked, triple checked every document.

right2bright on October 8, 2010 at 2:37 PM

UnRielle.

Vashta.Nerada on October 8, 2010 at 2:38 PM

surprisingly (or on the other hand, maybe not), there are people here in Atlanta still driving around with Kerry/Edwards bumper stickers.

negentropy on October 8, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Edwards is white.

unclesmrgol on October 8, 2010 at 2:39 PM

CNN will have to give him his own talk show now I guess.

Asher on October 8, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Despite being the most transparently slimy politicians of the last 30 years, Edwards had enough morons fooled to be nominated for VP on the Democratic ticket.

That tells U everything U need to know about Democratic voters.

rickyricardo on October 8, 2010 at 2:57 PM

So what source of funding is being used to keep Vera Baker quiet?

slickwillie2001 on October 8, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Next time Kerry (who, I understand once was in Vietnam) expresses his opinion on something, I wish someone would point out to him that his lack of judgement almost got us VICE PRESIDENT EDWARDS.

That should shut him up.

kurtzz3 on October 8, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Wait until a future DoJ looks into Obama’s finances.

TheBigOldDog on October 8, 2010 at 3:03 PM

I concur with the above.

Edwards should be investigated, but who do they think they’re fooling with this shell game?

How about the DOJ investigating the campaign funding shenanigans of the Obama campaign?

INC on October 8, 2010 at 3:06 PM

I don’t want to live in a country where it is wrong to hide your mistress and love child in Montecito!

Blake on October 8, 2010 at 2:27 PM

lol!

CambellBrown on October 8, 2010 at 3:08 PM

I’m still waiting for an investigation into the damage done to American politics through JournoList, the listserv comprised of hundreds of progressive journalists, like-minded professors and activists.

I won’t hold my breath…

Fallon on October 8, 2010 at 3:17 PM

48% of voters picked this man to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

How can 59 million people be so dumb?

aunursa on October 8, 2010 at 3:17 PM

John Kerry has already shown great judgment in choosing John Edwards – a tireless fighter who gives voice to the hopes and dreams of America’s families. John Edwards understands the value of hard work, opportunity, and service. His is the story of the American Dream.

Nancy Pelosi, July 2004

Del Dolemonte on October 8, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Edwards was right about 2 America’s.Those that should be in prison and those that shouldn’t be.

docflash on October 8, 2010 at 3:21 PM

After all, Edwards was a mainstream Democrat with powerful connections to the usual Democratic-supporting institutions, especially unions.

Especially, trial lawyers. That’s where much of the money is, unions & trial lawyers. Fred Baron was one of the main financiers & facilitators of the hiding of Rielle Hunter.

lizzie beth on October 8, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Triage! Edwards is under the bus; New Black Panthers and Acorn may be saved.

burt on October 8, 2010 at 3:40 PM

“I know his skill. I know his passion. I know his strength. I know his conscience. I know his faith. He has honored the lessons of home and family that he learned in North Carolina, and he brings those values to shape a better America together with all of us.” – Sen. John Kerry

Edwards must be from a different North Carolina than the one I’m from.

mankai on October 8, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Gee! I thought the American dream was to have political bosses for father and brother as well as a multi millionaire for a husband just like Nancy.

burt on October 8, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Y’all don’t understand. They’re not getting ready to indict him. They’re vetting him as a possible replacement for Biden in 2012.

Oldnuke on October 8, 2010 at 3:48 PM

48% of voters picked this man to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

How can 59 million people be so dumb?

Even more picked Kerry to be president or McCain to be president because they thought he would be a good president, as apposed to voting for the lessor of evils.

burt on October 8, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Speaking as a North Carolinian…

WHOOP!! WHOOP!!

tickleddragon on October 8, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Silky Pony may need a good washing when this is over.

Harry Schell on October 8, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Perp walk?

Kevin71 on October 8, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Illegal contributions, maybe?

Subpoena Dodad Pro!!

iurockhead on October 8, 2010 at 5:36 PM

I don’t have much confidence in the DOJ, they could drag this out till 2020.

scalleywag on October 8, 2010 at 5:40 PM

When will the Pulitzer be heading to the National Inquirer for breaking this story?

chickasaw42 on October 8, 2010 at 10:54 PM