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Yeah it is certainly be interesting Cate Edwards up from may not have firsthand knowledge of the financial dealings that went into hiding.
Her father's mistress but she can per -- -- she can personally testify.
But to the emotional impact that the affair and -- -- cover -- had on her family as someone who's been by her father's side.
Every day of this trial she may be able to paint a more sympathetic picture of John Edwards and some of the previous witnesses.
Now this comes a day after the judge blocked testimony from a key defense witness former Federal Election Commission chairman Scott Thomas was prepared to testify.
That he did not consider nearly one million dollars in secret funds to hide Edwards pregnant mistress to be campaign contributions.
In a preview of his testimony without the jury present.
Thomas said quote.
In my view it's a fairly clear cut case these are obviously intensely personal kinds of expenses.
These expenses would have remained irrespective.
Of the campaign.
Now judge Catherine Eagles sided with the prosecution.
To bar this specific testimony saying.
It would be more appropriate as a closing argument for the defense lead defense attorney Abbe Lowell with not too happy with the judges.
Decision and suggested -- it it might be overturned.
On appeal Martha.
Very interesting because that really is so pivotal to this whole case the decision about whether or not this was money that was going into the campaign or whether it's personal.
And would have happened regardless of whether he was running for vice president so what's -- defense gonna -- to get around that setback.
Well yesterday they did what they could to sort of get around that they called -- haggard who was the former.
CFO for edwards' presidential campaign in 2008.
She discussed a Federal Election Commission FEC audit.
Of the campaign which determined there were no excessive contributions.
And did not require reporting the donations supporting Edwards mistress and child.
To underscore the personal nature of some of the expenditures defense lawyer Abbe Lowell asked tapper -- whether the campaign would have to file with the FBC.
For any expenses covering and OB -- appointment through real hunter or -- for her child.
Haggard said quote.
That would be a personal use we are not allowed to pay for personal expenses Lowell followed up -- something and if something is not a contribution.
Are there limits on what that person can spent.
Haggard replied no there's no limits -- ask if something is not a contribution does it have to be on an FEC report.
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