Andrew Young paints the picture of a paranoid John Edwards meeting him in a secluded area in the middle of an alleged cover up of his affair with a staffer as his wife was dying of cancer.
In a borrowed SUV driving erratically down a country road in North Carolina, Andrew Young struggled to keep up with his boss, the one time presidential hopeful who charmed voters with his good looks and charisma. Young's testimony played out like a political thriller come alive as the former aide detailed how Edwards pulled into a dead end road and told his trusted confidant to get into the car according to the New York Daily News.
Once inside John Edwards appeared to be nervous, sweating profusely, despite the SUV's air conditioning being on. Parked near his gated mansion Edwards confessed that living with his breast cancer stricken wife, who had learned of his affair, was "a living hell." Edwards then asked Young if he knew anything about the $725,000 in checks used to cover up the affair with Rielle Hunter. Young testified today that he was afraid he was being taped and said he knew nothing.
The first witness in the trial of John Edwards, Andrew Young has been on the witness stand for three days. Today Edwards' attorney attempted to draw the jury's attention to inconsistencies in Young's testimony and earlier renditions of his story, according to the Daily News.
Andrew Young previously claimed paternity of Rielle Hunter's baby in 2008, during the conversation Young had with Edwards on that dead end road. Young testified he told his boss that he had kept evidence of John Edwards' affair with video producer Rielle Hunter. Andrew Young stated the evidence included voice mails, emails, and a sex tape made by Hunter.
"You cant hurt me Andrew," was Edwards only response, however those words may prove haunting if the jury believes the former aides testimony, the former successful trial lawyer who gained millions in verdicts, is facing 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine if convicted of all counts.
According to the Daily News, as Edwards sat a mere 25 feet from his one time aide, his defense attorneys tried to claim that Andrew and his wife Cheri kept much of the money that was allegedly used to cover up the affair.
Young stated in his testimony that John Edwards asked him to claim he was the father of Hunter's yet unborn child, with the assurance that once the child was born, according to the New York Daily News, Edwards would come clean. Andrew Young stated he became uneasy once Edwards was in talks with then candidate Barack Obama to become the future presidents' Vice Presidential nominee.
"He said he loved me and that he knew that I knew he would never abandon me," Young said after describing a June 2008 meeting with Edwards where the two men nearly came to blows over the former senator's request that Andrew continue to lie about being the father of Hunter's child. Prosecutors allege that Edwards instructed Young to give his former mistress political hush money, and suggested asking heiress Bunny Mellon to provide the funds.
The Daily News reported that Young outlined a scheme which saw Mellon allegedly write checks to Andrew and his wife which her interior designer would endorse. The money was then turned over to Rielle Hunter by Andrew Young.
Edwards former aide testified that he overheard the ex-senator speaking to Mellon's interior designer, Bruce Huffman, according to Young he heard Edwards tell Huffman "You're a great American. The four of us are going to do great things for the country," referring to himself, Fred Baron, his aide and Huffman.
The conspiracy came crumbling down Prosecutors say when he was caught by National Enquirer photographers at a hotel meeting with Hunter and their child.