After The National Enquirer broke the story of presidential candidate John Edward's affair with Rielle Hunter, Edwards and his aides worried when Hunter appeared reluctant to deny the affair in court. Apparently, she offered to testify that she was abducted by aliens instead, according to classichitsandoldies.com.
Edwards is being charged with violating the laws of campaign finance by using over one million dollars donated by wealthy supporters to cover up the fact that he had impregnated his mistress. He could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted for these crimes. Edwards has argued that he used the money to keep the affair hidden from his wife, not the public, making it a sin, not a crime.
Hunter's flippant offer to claim she was abducted by extra-terrestrials obviously did not go over well with Edwards' team, and she eventually agreed to simply deny the affair ever occurred.
Other witnesses, John and Cheri Young, testified that they were assigned the task of keeping Rielle Hunter hidden from the public while Edwards pursued the Democratic presidential nomination. The cover-up didn't end after Edwards dropped out, they say, since Edwards was still hoping to snag a top job in the next administration.
On Wednesday, Edwards' campaign scheduler Matthew Nelson described his first time meeting Rielle Hunter in June 2006. He had been instructed to pick her up and drive her to Edwards' house, after which Nelson, Hunter and Edwards all flew to Raleigh-Durham together under the cover that Hunter was being interviewed by Edwards for a job.
Nelson said that Edwards even pretended not to know who Hunter, asking Nelson in a whispered tone... who the woman is in the neighboring room.
The trio also attended a Dave Matthews Band concert together and flew to Washington D.C., according to Nelson.
Testifying court, Edwards' former advisor Christina Reynolds stated that they worried Hunter was a loose cannon, according to ABC News.
My concern was that if (she) was hedging on issuing a straight denial, we wouldn't know what she would do, said Reynolds testified. Hunter eventually issued a denial without mentioning aliens. Another former staffer had warned Edwards against Hunter as a possible liability to the campaign, though he obviously didn't pay attention to those warnings.
Edwards staffer Josh Brumberger testified that Edwards and Hunter led a party lifestyle, according to the New York Times.
There was a lot of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, and astrology, he said. I told Mr. Edwards that Ms. Hunter looked a little nutty. I believe he agreed.