Mellon, who had already contributed the maximum legal amount, agreed to provide additional money, the indictment states. Mellon began writing checks made out to a friend, often falsely listing furniture items like “chairs” and “antique Charleston table” on the memo line, according to the indictment.
Edwards’ Washington-based attorney, Gregory Craig, issued a statement last week strongly denying any illegal activity by Edwards and calling the government’s theory “wrong on the facts and wrong on the law.”
“John Edwards has done wrong in his life — and he knows it better than anyone — but he did not break the law,” Craig wrote. “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.”
A trial would showcase an intensely watched and potentially uncomfortable showdown between Craig, President Barack Obama’s former White House counsel and the Obama Justice Department.