Edwards Bunny-ing up before indictment?

posted at 9:59 am on May 27, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier this week, we found out that the Department of Justice has green-lighted a potential prosecution of former Democratic VP nominee John Edwards on corruption charges.  The allegations will apparently include the use of undisclosed cash from deep-pocket donors to hush up an extramarital affair and out-of-wedlock child with campaign worker Rielle Hunter, serious felonies that could bring lengthy prison sentences.  Should the DoJ be concerned that Edwards is meeting with one of his biggest benefactors, Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, as ABC news reports?

Multiple sources at the estate of Rachel “Bunny” Mellon confirm to ABC News that the former North Carolina senator met Mellon today for lunch at her sprawling compound in Northern Virginia. …

Mellon, heir to a banking fortune, donated more than $4 million dollars to political organizations and non-profits tied to Edwards’ 2008 run and also provided more than $700 thousand that prosecutors believe was funneled to the effort to support and seclude Edwards’ mistress, Rielle Hunter.   Mellon’s attorney has described those payments as gifts and has said that Mellon was unaware of how the money was used.

A target of a grand jury probe meets with one of the key figures in the case for a secluded lunch?   Witness tampering is a crime.  Given his current status, however, that might be the least of his worries.

The FBI may want to re-depose Mellon to see what topics of discussion arose.  The DoJ also may want to formalize these charges ASAP before Edwards goes on a “Two Americas” luncheon tour with the rest of their material witnesses.

 


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LOL I thought “Bunny-ing up” was prison slang for bulking up just before going to prison…

Fallon on May 27, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Would have been wonderful if Ms. Mellon had donated all that money to people who really needed it instead of in the use of hiding hoochie mamas.

Blake on May 27, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Man, I wish I had a sugar Bunny!

TheBigOldDog on May 27, 2011 at 10:07 AM

I’ve heard that Silky Pony will defend himself by saying the money used to coverup his affair was never a part of “campaign donation” money, and will state it was donated to him for the exclusive purpose of covering up his affair. Since it was never political money, there can’t be a misuse of campaign donations.

So, we’re to believe a multi-millionaire asked for money to hide an illicit affair from his most wealthy supporters, and they gave it to him.

Huh….

BobMbx on May 27, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Rachel “Bunny” Mellons

Sounds like a porn star.

Jaibones on May 27, 2011 at 10:07 AM

There are two Americas. One where sleazy lawyers are in front of the bar, and the other where sleazy lawyer are behind bars…

cartooner on May 27, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Was it at the Bunny Ranch?

search4truth on May 27, 2011 at 10:08 AM

I’ve heard that Silky Pony will defend himself by saying the money used to coverup his affair was never a part of “campaign donation” money, and will state it was donated to him for the exclusive purpose of covering up his affair. Since it was never political money, there can’t be a misuse of campaign donations.…

BobMbx on May 27, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Then it’s just tax evasion!

cartooner on May 27, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Witness tampering is a crime

He knows damn well what a crime is.
This man is evil from the day he was born. I recall President Bush giving State of the Union addresses and if malpractice reform or legal reform was adressed, the camera was sure to find this multi-millionaire slime sitting on his hands looking his sleeziest.

Marcus on May 27, 2011 at 10:13 AM

All he has to do is drag it out until January of ’13 so BO can pardon him on the way out.

That or they are going to make sure he gets a slap on the wrist. They realize after 2012 Edwards and anyone else like him will be getting much harder prison terms.

jeffn21 on May 27, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Rachel Lambert Mellon (Known as Bunny)
Born August 9, 1910 (age 100)
Occupation Horticulturalist, arts patron

Brat on May 27, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Is Ms. Mellon married?

Cindy Munford on May 27, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Silk Pony and Bunny…

And the Care Bears are waiting to greet him in the joint.

Roy Rogers on May 27, 2011 at 10:15 AM

I’ll doubtlessly be alone in this, but I think that this prosecution is BS. Edwards is a sleaze, don’t get me wrong. But that the .gov is trying to do here is worse. They’re basically attempting (as I understand it) to say that the money Edwards’ buddy gave Hunter and Young should have been considered campaign donations since it arguably aided his presidential bid. But it wasn’t. It was just dirty hush money, not a donation as such under campaign finance law (don’t get me started on that). Do we really want any money that any candidate receives from any source, ever, to be treated as a “campaign contribution” because it could tangentially “aid” his or her bid for office? That sounds like overreach ripe for abuse to me…

I don’t like criminalizing the political process, even the seedier side of it.

CTD on May 27, 2011 at 10:22 AM

LOL I thought “Bunny-ing up” was prison slang for bulking up just before going to prison…

Fallon on May 27, 2011 at 10:03 AM

My thought was he was either hanging with Hef at the Playboy Mansion or getting some of the relatives of that southern killer rabbit that went after Carter to go rough up some of the people who might testify against him in a trial.

jon1979 on May 27, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Would have been wonderful if Ms. Mellon had donated all that money to people who really needed it instead of in the use of hiding hoochie mamas.

Blake on May 27, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Looks more like buying political influence if Edwards didn’t win the Democrat Primary he might have been in position to be number two on the ticket again VP or he might have been appointed to Holder’s current position. I don’t think it’s against the law to try and buy political influence it’s just skeevy.

Edwards might be threatening to expose Mellon’s motivation in her support….but so what there isn’t any law against backing someone in a political race with the expectation of having their ear if they win. If I was Mellon I would cut Silky Pony loose – time to cut her losses and move on. It’s embarrassing enough that people now know she backed such a low life, morally bankrupt, ambulance chaser.

Dr Evil on May 27, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Rachel Lambert Mellon (Known as Bunny)
Born August 9, 1910 (age 100)
Occupation Horticulturalist, arts patron

Brat on May 27, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Silky Pony has a track record of exploiting women…..I guess that includes ancient ones.

Dr Evil on May 27, 2011 at 10:27 AM

I don’t like criminalizing the political process, even the seedier side of it.

CTD on May 27, 2011 at 10:22 AM

He took campaign money, it was dedicated on the books as campaign money, and used it illegally…and did not disclose it.
This isn’t some “technicality”, this is illegally distributing campaign money, and worse not disclosing it.
The laws are explicit, which is why they are forced to go after him…if not than DOJ will be held in contempt.

right2bright on May 27, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Tapping it? Isn’t she, like, a hundred and forty years old?
Bad Boy!

a capella on May 27, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Silky Pony has a track record of exploiting women…..I guess that includes ancient ones.

Dr Evil on May 27, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Exactly. This shows how sleazy this guy is…conning
a 100 year old wealthy woman out of hundreds of thousands
of dollars in order to cover up his affair. Be thankful
he didn’t get the presidency; however, I fear that Obama
is worse.

Those of you who are piling on Ms. Mellon, lay off.

Amjean on May 27, 2011 at 10:37 AM

I’ve heard that Silky Pony will defend himself by saying the money used to coverup his affair was never a part of “campaign donation” money, and will state it was donated to him for the exclusive purpose of covering up his affair. Since it was never political money, there can’t be a misuse of campaign donations.…

BobMbx on May 27, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Then it’s just tax evasion!

cartooner on May 27, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Only if the money was income rather than a gift. Gift taxes are paid by the donor, not the donee. Bill Gates could give you a billion dollars and your tax bill would be exactly zero.

flyfisher on May 27, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Bunny Mellon is step mother to retired Va. Sen. John Warner’s (R) 1st wife & mother of his children.

so she is step mother in law to US Sen (retired) John Warner.

kelley in virginia on May 27, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Tapping it? Isn’t she, like, a hundred and forty years old?
Bad Boy!

a capella on May 27, 2011 at 10:35 AM

It’s already been established John Edwards doesn’t have a bottom. There is no low he won’t stoop to, it just doesn’t exists. Teddy Kennedy wrote a book about his compass “True North” the Kennedys always crack me up….anyway Edwards compass always point south below his belt.

Dr Evil on May 27, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Rachel “Bunny” Mellons

Sounds like a porn star.

Jaibones on May 27, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Was thinking, James Bond.

hawkdriver on May 27, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Dr Evil on May 27, 2011 at 10:23 AM

OMG, AG John Edwards? The mere thought of that having even an outside chance of having happened will keep me awake tonight.

hawkdriver on May 27, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Rachel Lambert Mellon (Known as Bunny)
Born August 9, 1910 (age 100)
Occupation Horticulturalist, arts patron

Brat on May 27, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Just so much potential material there, until you get to that “age 100″ part.

MNHawk on May 27, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Melons? hmmm

faraway on May 27, 2011 at 10:44 AM

a capella on May 27, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Like Gloria Swanson and William Holden.

Lightswitch on May 27, 2011 at 10:46 AM

OMG, AG John Edwards? The mere thought of that having even an outside chance of having happened will keep me awake tonight.

hawkdriver on May 27, 2011 at 10:42 AM

From what I gather that was the Edwards fall back position, he was telling Obama he would give him his endorsement during the Democrat primary in exchange for a position in his cabinet. Even Obama was like, no dude, that’s not happening. So the people inside the campaigns had already gotten a whiff of just how toxic Edwards was going to become.

The thing is if Edwards had been exposed earlier say by I don’t know the press – we used to call them the 4th estate. Iowa might have turned out differently for Hillary in the Democrat primaries…but when you look back at the Democrat bench for President in 2008 they were all lawyers. The DNC was a reaping what it was sowing in the Mid Term 2010 election. I say we finish them off in 2012. Perhaps it’s why they want the Edwards (Democrat) sleaze ball, scandal over now and not closer to the 2012 election?

Dr Evil on May 27, 2011 at 10:48 AM

What I want to know is did he consult Algore about “controlling legal authorities”? If it worked for Al…

SKYFOX on May 27, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Is Bunny single? John is, and a spouse cannot testify…

Vashta.Nerada on May 27, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Bunny Mellon is step mother to retired Va. Sen. John Warner’s (R) 1st wife & mother of his children.

so she is step mother in law to US Sen (retired) John Warner.

kelley in virginia on May 27, 2011 at 10:39 AM

But what is her relationship to the evil Richard Mellon Scaife out of Pittsburgh?

Del Dolemonte on May 27, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Only if the money was income rather than a gift. Gift taxes are paid by the donor, not the donee. Bill Gates could give you a billion dollars and your tax bill would be exactly zero.

flyfisher on May 27, 2011 at 10:39 AM

The first $10k (annually, and person to person) is a gift, and tax free. After that, its income, and taxable to the receiver. (The giver has already paid taxes on it…in theory)

BobMbx on May 27, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Is Bunny single? John is, and a spouse cannot testify…

Vashta.Nerada on May 27, 2011 at 10:55 AM

That hurts my brain to think about (Harold and Maude syndrome). However, Edwards is so smarmy he might just try it.

DuctTapeMyBrain on May 27, 2011 at 11:03 AM

hmmm…reminds me of one particular Arkansas state senator that is currently healing up from having his clock cleaned by his estranged wife’s friend. seems “said” senator has been tapping another woman for months (video/pictures and all was found by his wife in their home) and he decided to get cocky with one of his estranged wife’s friends when he took his daughter home after a weekend visit. his wife’s friend was sitting in “his chair” when he entered the home. homeboy got a beatdown when he started mouthing off to her friend. THEN called 911 to say he has been attacked. puss!!!
i hate liberal politicians…wait, make that all politicians…wait, make that liberal lawyer politicians.

sandlin71 on May 27, 2011 at 11:03 AM

The FBI may want to re-depose Mellon to see what topics of discussion arose.

Only if she’s hooked up to a lie detector.

GarandFan on May 27, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Are these Mellons of the “Triple Lindy” Mellons?

Thornton Melon: First of all you’re going to have to grease the local politicians for the sudden zoning problems that always come up. Then there’s the kickbacks to the carpenters, and if you plan on using any cement in this building I’m sure the teamsters would like to have a little chat with ya, and that’ll cost ya. Oh and don’t forget a little something for the building inspectors. Then there’s long term costs such as waste disposal. I don’t know if you’re familiar with who runs that business but I assure you it’s not the boyscouts.

BobMbx on May 27, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Considering the DOJ has “green lighted” a potential case against Edwards – is he tampering?

Or is the green light and so-called “potential” a throw away to allow Edwards to get his ducks in a row (including key Dem donors) in meetings like this?

Something smells.

Odie1941 on May 27, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Tags: corruption, John Edwards

You forgot “, Democrats, slimeballs”

drunyan8315 on May 27, 2011 at 11:30 AM

… grease the local politicians …

Eww. How’d that get past the censor.

gh on May 27, 2011 at 11:32 AM

If I was Mellon I would cut Silky Pony loose – time to cut her losses and move on. It’s embarrassing enough that people now know she backed such a low life, morally bankrupt, ambulance chaser.

Dr Evil on May 27, 2011 at 10:23 AM

It’s only embarrassing to people who have souls and a conscience.

For a liberal dem, it’s a resume enhancer.

GrannyDee on May 27, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Vashta.Nerada on May 27, 2011 at 10:55 AM

I was wondering the same thing.

Cindy Munford on May 27, 2011 at 11:40 AM

This whole story just went from criminal to creepy. He’s lower than the bacteria that feeds off of pond scum.

Shiny_Tiara on May 27, 2011 at 11:52 AM

He took campaign money, it was dedicated on the books as campaign money, and used it illegally…and did not disclose it.
This isn’t some “technicality”, this is illegally distributing campaign money, and worse not disclosing it.
The laws are explicit, which is why they are forced to go after him…if not than DOJ will be held in contempt.

right2bright on May 27, 2011 at 10:34 AM

I already hold them in contempt…

Rorschach on May 27, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Little Bammie’s handlers were smart enough to keep him far, far away from this jerk. I’m sure he had grand visions of a spot in his admin, like maybe A-G. Lucky for them.

slickwillie2001 on May 27, 2011 at 12:28 PM

TERMITES

God bless the Mellons for the good they did with their lucre but is Bunny making decisions on the largess or some lefty zealot parasite in the foundation?

Yea, it happens.

I know a guy.

IlikedAUH2O on May 27, 2011 at 6:37 PM

And this creep was one state away from being Vice President.

Steve Z on May 27, 2011 at 7:48 PM