A look at Andrew Young's testimony in Edwards trial
Legal panel weighs in on the case
- Duration 8:29
- Date Apr 25, 2012
Legal panel weighs in on the case
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Victory of a political soap opera playing out in North Carolina right now the days of John Edwards.
More explosive testimony from his top aide Andrew Young.
Details of secret checks meetings with wealthy donors all while Edwards was telling supporters he was going to be.
Then candidate Obama as a vice presidential pick.
-- Terry Jones is live from the US district court in Greensboro, North Carolina Jonathan.
-- mega -- Andrew Young spoke more about his involvement in hiding John Edwards affair during the 2008 campaign by claiming paternity of edwards' child young said he was damaging his own career he were -- at 2008 job interview in Tampa where the interview held up.
A copy of The National Enquirer and said he couldn't hire and because it might affect young's ability to do his job.
Young says as he became more deeply involved in the cover -- Edwards became more distant and harder to reach finally during a contentious meeting on a rural road in -- SUV young says the former presidential candidate said he was getting questions from the attorney for Rachel bunny -- regarding the -- she had been -- -- her interior -- the money that eventually went to young and his wife to keep real hunter in hiding.
Young said Edwards denied any knowledge of the -- young said when he told Edwards he had evidence of everything that it happened.
Quote he looked up at me and said you can't hurt me Andrew.
You can't hurt me negative.
Oh boy Jonathan thank you.
Kelly's -- is back -- -- on the docket today can't -- John Edwards.
After jaw dropping testimony from Andrew young and the candidates affair with real hunter in the efforts to covered up while Edwards was running for president.
And today the defense will now get a crack.
Here to help its -- to the testimony former prosecutor and Fox News legal analyst these wheels and defense attorney and former prosecutor John -- war.
You can't hurt me Andrew you can't hurt me think again.
John think again because this guy may have an ax to grind he may want money from his book he may want attention I don't know what he may want.
But at least he's telling a very damaging story inside that court he really is a conspiracy that seems to go on and on and on -- got to look back at the narrative here they get with the prosecution have to show.
Is that and Edwards knew that the money was going to hunter and it wasn't going to -- just because he wanted to cover up the affair that his wife wouldn't find out but instead it was going to hundreds of -- campaign could continue.
Well apparently the motivation that I won't write in of the donor right of the solicitation exactly -- the -- It but Megan don't forget you with the critical I think is that Elizabeth Edwards found out about the affair during the campaign she gets on a cell phone call hunters calling Edwards speaking -- her lover.
It's not obviously she tells her husband John Edwards.
Fire hunter hunter is fired that's when the problems start -- that's what I have to come up with the money why -- keep hunter quiet not because of Elizabeth Edwards is feeling sure you knew about the affair but to keep hunter quiet to keep her from going to the press.
Because John at what Andrew Young is telling this jury is that.
Then suddenly -- -- after real hunter is pregnant.
And that she calls up Andrew young and says it and at some hour of the night -- Andrew Young says -- somebody better be pregnant or dying and she responded that but nobody's dying.
And it was that point he said that he went to John Edwards said she's pregnant with your baby he claims Edwards responded quote.
She's a crazy slots and there's a one in three chance that it's my child.
And Vera pond began this massive cover up to get -- L hunter out of the political scene.
Under the radar and get bunny Mellon this old great owner to fund it.
Real hunters secret lifestyle.
So let's suppose all of that is true let's suppose John Edwards says you know a lot yup that's what happened the crux of his defensive.
All that money is not a campaign contribution it wasn't done to cover anything up from my campaign it was all done to covered up to that my dying white -- with despicable lead cheating on.
-- -- knew about it that's the whole point she didn't know about it you picked up -- subplots and this and she set fire concert she knew of the tablets out of the precede the but he did -- -- any I ever yes but but the apparently still going on and that it did continue to covered up and luckily for John Edwards the only person we hate more than in.
Is Andrew Young because he's just as slimy in my opinion Atlanta -- -- don't -- you're telling you I don't like only me that Edwards his.
His defense is yes Bonnie Mellon this woman who supported me and had a lot of money.
Yes she cut all these checks and yes they were meant to support real hunters lifestyle I conceded all.
Right the reason we did all that we did it so surreptitiously with like checks made out to an interior decorator that more than signed over the young family that -- -- given area Bob Bob Bob -- I was.
All because I didn't want -- -- -- -- now.
It wasn't because I didn't want the public to know.
Is because I didn't want Elizabeth you know that we -- coming down yes that that is the crux of his defense in the second I didn't know by the way I didn't get all that money Andrew Young was pocketing it in this is all big cover up that he could build -- one point five million dollar mansion in wherever he was looking pretty going to believe least that he did all that.
And Andrew Young did all that because they didn't want Elizabeth -- those the American -- it wasn't party knew who the first of -- -- second -- now.
Was meant to this is -- the campaign.
Contribution rather than just a gift which you know it -- money -- that you want a campaign contribution because.
If country gone to the press and told about being -- -- affair end up being pregnant.
That would've been it may get his campaign -- -- it over and the story then and there was testimony by Andrew Young about that it's not Andrea and is making these blanket he has specifics.
On the conversations he had with John Edwards -- exactly the campaign and his political aspirations we got some of that on tape.
And it's right after this break don't go away holding court -- -- so it's.
Andrew Young testified that what happened after -- hunter revealed to Andrew Young that she was pregnant.
And then it was revealed to John Edwards that she was pregnant was Edwards came -- young and said you've got it.
Take the blame for me you've got to go out to the media and say you are the father of that baby.
Not me Andrew Young gave a preview of his testimony to Sean Hannity after his book first came out listen.
At the end of it he -- and the closer.
Elizabeth is dying of cancer she's gonna die in very short order and we need to give -- give the -- what they want.
And if we give them a story of two of two staffers having an affair though they don't care about your standard they care about me.
And missile go away if we just give them that story -- is Elizabeth as you come back to -- in the right hand man and everything will be fine.
-- -- well and makes absolute sense why else would he do it why else this is a married man Andrew Young is why many volunteers.
That he's fathered another child out of wedlock why we do that a -- -- have come to him and said.
You do this for me I'll take care of you afterwards -- and maybe he did it because he loved Elizabeth Edwards and he wanted to protect her.
I'd just like John Edwards who was was all about protecting Elizabeth may be -- because he didn't want the gravy train -- stop still as long as John Edwards with covering up this affair birds so that his wife wouldn't find out.
Andrew Young with getting some sort of kickback or even actually according to Edwards he would getting the bulk.
Of the money that was coming from these but it doesn't matter even if it was getting a kick back -- it was getting part of a campaign fun it's still a campaign -- no matter where it went to the went -- the what to him -- went to hunter the fact is that it was meant to keep his campaign going.
Right I mean data how can they argue anything other than it that it was meant to keep the camp.
-- here -- how because the definition of campaign contribution is very very -- an add since it's it's this would be expense had existed but.
For the campaign and in this case.
Edwards camp you can argue you backed up because I even after he dropped out he still continue to cover up because he didn't want Elizabeth enough but the prosecution says it because he was hoping to be VP was out to be attorney general -- exactly went on an -- not after -- The presidential campaign was dropped I agree with you than John but then the BP campaign everything that you know he's a politician is not just gonna give up on that and if it was if -- was just gonna go away.
Quite an issue on his own money when I watch this I think of that Chicago sun give deals.
Dad I'll have to battle that -- -- ladies love it.