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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 03:16 PM

Ex-aide says he worried Edwards might snuff him

(CBS/AP) A former aide to presidential candidate John Edwards says he felt in danger during a back road meeting where he asked Edwards to tell the truth about his mistress.


Andrew Young testified for a fifth day Friday in Edwards' trial. The former senator has denied federal charges of misusing campaign donations to hide the affair with Rielle Hunter and the fact they had a baby together.


Young claims he pretended to be the child's father and took Hunter into hiding to help Edwards.


Young said Friday he met Edwards on a rural road in 2008 to demand that Edwards tell the truth about the affair. He says Edwards drove them through a remote rural area and at one point he worried he was going to be killed.

Earlier in the trial, the prosecution had tried to plug potential holes in Young's testimony, focusing on inconsistencies such as why Young had written in his tell-all book, "The Politician," that the donations "were gifts, entirely proper, and not subject to campaign finance laws."

Young answered that, at the time, he wrote that the donations were legal for a simple reason: "I was scared to death," said Young. "I did this to cover my butt."

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57423142/ex-aide-says-he-worried-edwards-might-snuff-him/


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Reply Ex-aide says he worried Edwards might snuff him (Original post)
MindMover Apr 2012 OP
K8-EEE Apr 2012 #1
RZM Apr 2012 #2
magical thyme Apr 2012 #4
ellisonz Apr 2012 #3
gauguin57 Apr 2012 #5

Response to MindMover (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 07:04 PM

1. I notice that Edwards is still alive

Sorry I have to call BS on this guy --- his "fear for his life" sounds Zimmerman-esque. He is just grasping for a "reason" why he stated that the funds were gifts.

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 07:24 PM

2. Young's story is kind of sad, actually

 

He seems like something of a sycophant whom the Edwards' used for rather menial tasks. But he was very devoted to John, which is why he was eventually chosen to take the fall for the baby. I guess at some point even he had had enough.

Plus Elizabeth publicly trashed him when this all broke and equated him with Hunter, essentially saying they were both scheming hangers-on. I thought that was kind of a mean thing to say about somebody who had demonstrated such loyalty, albeit of the misguided variety.

This whole thing has been a sordid mess. I'm glad it's being wrapped up.

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Response to RZM (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 02:54 PM

4. he's admitted to taking Mellon's donations

and spending them on his own lavish digs. That was loyal...how?

Elizabeth was right. He was a scheming grifter.

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 02:18 PM

3. Doesn't pass the smell test.

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 01:26 PM

5. I think Edwards and Young are both a-holes ...

... and this is turning into a kangaroo court.

Feared for his life? Ridiculous.

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