Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) pleaded not guilty Friday to federal criminal charges that he accepted large sums of money to obscure an extramarital affair during his 2008 White House bid.
Edwards, 57, was indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of conspiracy, four counts of illegal campaign contributions and one count of false statements for using money from wealthy donors to hide his mistress and illegitimate child. The 19-page indictment, handed down Friday in the Middle District Court of North Carolina, was the culmination of a two-year federal investigation into alleged campaign finance violations.
"There's no question that I've done wrong. I take full responsibility for having done wrong," the two-time presidential candidate told reporters in front of the Winston-Salem, N.C., courthouse, with his daughter, Cate, by his side. "I will regret for the rest of my life the pain and the harm that I've caused to others. But I did not break the law. And I never, ever thought that I was breaking the law."
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters following a vote in the Senate. Gillibrand’s proposal to remove military commanders from the process of reviewing sexual-assault cases was left out of the bicameral deal on the defense authorization bill, but the senator is pushing for a vote on her plan soon.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.