Interior designer takes center stage at John Edwards trial
$800K funneled to campaign from reclusive millionaire
- Duration 5:08
- Date May 4, 2012
$800K funneled to campaign from reclusive millionaire
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So let's put it edwards' case now folks where the interior designer.
Is now the center of this trial and John Edwards corruption case it's back on -- stand right now his name is Bryan -- OK he's explaining.
His role in funneling nearly 800000.
Dollars to former vice presidential candidate John Edwards campaign.
Hoffman worked for -- -- -- millionaire bunny Mellon they had at it working relationship and he explained the whole thing this way.
Our furniture business and -- for these checks were written we're gonna talk about a moment did not really involved furniture.
And a prosecutor asked well what was it.
It was money for Senator Edwards.
I can be much more and Matt -- described receiving this 100000 dollar Jack.
From the 100 in year old heiress Rachel known as bunny Mellon.
With -- Charleston table written in the memo line very crafty.
-- -- -- as facies former federal prosecutor Richard rock is defense attorney.
-- it out this this is his more interesting everyday having -- yesterday we have this dramatic family scene with Elizabeth Edwards throwing herself and down on that.
Wrote -- -- tarmac.
Just a complete wrap her daughter had to leave the -- then the next chapter.
Is -- interior designer who shows up and basically says I've been funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars to cover up this affair.
Under the name of an -- designer and writing checks.
Where where we -- hammering out.
It's fascinating no question.
The the prosecution is clearly trying to paint and -- this awful awful human -- So that the jury really dislikes him has a visceral dislike -- -- and it's not hard to do with with the evidence that there is the question is going to be though.
Can they actually proved that he did know.
That the money was being used it was in and so far we haven't seen -- link yet.
And that's the central issue here is whether or not they can prove to this jury.
They yes John Edwards was you know using money from bunny -- and Fred -- to cover up his affair but only because he wanted to see this family wanted to protect the whole thing.
But Elizabeth -- -- his wife who was cancer stricken.
And that the money did not have anything to do with keeping -- campaign going.
-- Can they prove that.
Well that's that's exactly that's the point.
The point here is that you take the following off the table take off the table that he's a senator he's an ethical and moral he -- getting connects with -- cancer stricken wife.
That is not really relevant -- certainly creates a real hatred for him for the jury.
But that's Allen's about -- about whether he -- actually knew -- intentionally use campaign funds inappropriate purposes.
And that the evidence that we've heard so far before the defense has had a chance support -- -- To cross examine mr.
hunter it should be beyond the person was -- -- a bunny -- is -- the checks did not go to a threat which it checks went from bunny Mellon.
And endorsed by this witness on the stand then they went to mr.
young who was the primary witness -- Really to try to prove this case is is an admitted liar is -- lawbreakers at all that money went through shoe thing to do that -- Out of it -- contacted -- Would this money have ever changed hands if these people did not have a vested interest in his campaign.
They they were deep into this campaign Andrew Young had -- he says by the in his own account he had spent years of his life trying to make sure that John Edwards became president.
But in Allen said as much as in -- why else would they have given this money Elizabeth Edwards by all accounts already knew that he was cheating on her.
So isn't that is fairly straight or not and you look at the money even though the -- took most of this money for themselves that could have been their payment.
Well I am saying that he was the one who spotted the child and -- -- -- and clearly they've made that connection or any that Edwards did in fact meet with Bonnie Mallon.
It's a difficult case so it would be much easier obviously -- they bring in Bonnie -- to testify.
Because they're going to make the argument maybe this was -- -- they are why did you do it what was your motivation -- I under what was your -- did he do it it.
Help John Edwards just because -- liked him and you want to help and protect his family what does he do it for the sole purpose of wanting to see him.
Become president it also sent Richard Hewitt -- pretty careful not to actually touch the money himself.
Correct -- how big of an impact does that have.
-- there's no question the -- being used for wrongful purposes was it to hide the fact that he had a a woman with living with the -- within a child -- -- Eventually eventually but satellite a real picnic by the way I -- I -- I can imagine mrs.
young certainly didn't didn't enjoy that moment.
But the point is that the reason why he was doing it or is it because he was trying to move his campaign forward and that's the big issue here we have to focus on there clearly -- Inappropriate motive political -- -- -- was the money being used for campaign passes to shut.
And there is gonna have to decide that's what we had just don't you know it in -- -- will they find him guilty -- It thinks.
I like that I agree.
It's early it's early yet we know what I mean evidence they have and that question is going to be -- should have known what was back to talk about it when it as thanks very much everybody there could have here today.