Former Democratic Presidential Candidate John Edwards to be Prosecuted

Posted: May 25, 2011 9:00 AM

Former North Caroline Senator and Democratic Presidential Candidate John Edwards will be prosecuted by the Justice Department for allegedly using campaign funds to cover up his affair with his campaign videographer Rielle Hunter with whom he fathered a child. 

The United States Department of Justice has green-lighted the prosecution of former presidential candidate John Edwards for alleged violations of campaign laws while he tried to cover up an extra-marital affair, ABC News has learned.

A source close to the case said Edwards is aware that the government intends to seek an indictment and that the former senator from North Carolina is now considering his limited options. He could accept a plea bargain with prosecutors or face a potentially costly trial.

Edwards has been the focus of a lengthy federal investigation focusing on hundreds of thousands of dollars allegedly provided by two wealthy supporters. The government will contend those were illegal donations that ultimately went to support and seclude his mistress, Rielle Hunter.


Remember, Edwards denied he was the father of Hunter's child for quite sometime and was having an affair while his wife, Elizabeth Edwards was being treated for cancer. Elizabeth passed away in December 2010 after a long battle with the disease.