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article imageEx aide first witness called to testify in John Edwards trial

By Eric Morales     Apr 23, 2012 in Politics
Greensboro - As the trial of John Edwards enters it's first day a former aide to the ex-presidential hopeful is the first witness to take the stand.
A former aide has taken to the witness stand in the John Edwards trial, according to CBS. The 46 year old Andrew Young, who worked on John Edwards 2008 Presidential campaign, took to the stand to testify about the former senator's alleged role in violating campaign finance laws to cover up an extramarital affair.
When the National Enquirer reported that Edwards had had an affair with video producer Rielle Hunter it was Andrew Young who issued a statement that he was the father of Hunter's baby according to a MSNBC report in 2008. Young has gone on to state that his original claim was part of an elaborate cover up.
Prosecutors are attempting to prove that Edwards was the mastermind behind a conspiracy to use nearly $1 Million in secret payments from two wealthy donors to cover up the affair with Rielle Hunter as well as her pregnancy.
Andrew Young testified to first meeting Hunter in 2006 while she traveled with John Edwards. Young went onto testify to introducing the presidential hopeful to Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, an heiress who provided much of the money at the center of the case according to CBS.
John Edwards has plead not guilty to six charges of violating campaign finance laws.
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