Posted: April 24th, 2012 | By: Jonathan Serrie
Professor Ron Wright tells Fox News Channel that the prosecution is arguing for a broader view of what counts as a campaign contribution in the John Edwards trial. “The defense would like a stricter, more traditional definition of campaign contribution,” Wright said.
The key witness against Edwards testified Monday that a wealthy donor promised to do “everything I can” to elect Edwards president, as prosecutors kicked off the first day of his trial on allegations he used campaign donations to cover up his affair with Rielle Hunter.
Edwards, one of the nation’s most accomplished politicians before his 2008 fall from grace, faces a lengthy prison sentence if convicted. It is still not clear whether the former trial lawyer will take the stand in his own defense.
Government attorneys argued Monday at a federal courthouse in North Carolina that Edwards, the former senator and failed Democratic presidential candidate, knew two wealthy contributors had provided the nearly $1 million to hide his pregnant mistress. They described Edwards as a “master manipulator” and said the donations were tantamount to “campaign contributions” intended to preserve Edwards’ “family man” image during his 2008 campaign.
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