Aide: John Edwards Doubted He Fathered Mistress’ Baby

Source: Michael Biesecker  / AP / Atlanta Journal-Constitution

GREENSBORO, N.C. — John Edwards’ first reaction when he learned his mistress may be pregnant was to downplay the chances he was the father, calling the woman a “crazy slut,” his former close campaign aide testified Tuesday.

Later, when the former presidential candidate came to realize he was the father in the midst of his campaign, he asked that aide, Andrew Young, to claim paternity and hatched a plan to funnel money from rich friends to provide the woman a monthly allowance, even though Young said he doubted it was legal.

Young took the witness stand for a second day at Edwards’ criminal trial. Edwards has pleaded not guilty to six counts related to campaign finance violations involving nearly $1 million in secret payments provided by two wealthy donors as he sought the White House in 2008.

Young said Rielle Hunter in spring 2007 told Edwards she was pregnant. Edwards then called Young and told him to “take care of it.”

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