John Edwards’ Attorney: Government Is Wrong on Facts, Wrong on Law

By Kate McCarthy

May 25, 2011 6:14pm

It looks like John Edwards is going to fight.

Today his attorney, Gregory Craig, denied Edwards did any lawbreaking while trying to cover-up his affair with Rielle Hunter, with whom he now has a three year-old daughter.

Craig argued that the Justice Department continued to pursue Edwards despite discovering that "not one penny" of campaign funds were involved.

Here’s Craig’s full statement:

John Edwards has done wrong in his life – and he knows it better than anyone – but he did not break the law.

The government’s theory is wrong on the facts and wrong on the law. It is novel and untested. There is no civil or criminal precedent for such a prosecution. The government originally investigated allegations that Senator Edwards’ campaign’s funds were misused but continued its pursuit even after finding that not one penny from the Edwards campaign was involved. The Justice Department has wasted millions of dollars and thousands of hours on a matter more appropriately a topic for the Federal Election Commission to consider, not a criminal court.

Last night my colleague James Hill reported that the Justice Department green-lighted the prosecution of Edwards for allegedly violating campaign laws and that a source close to the case said the former North Carolina Senator and presidential candidate knows the government intends to seek an indictment.

An indictment could come as early as next week. (Unless, of course, Edwards has a change of heart and strikes a deal at the last minute.)  

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