Edwards Trial Day 4: Defense cross-examines Young
GREENSBORO, N.C. — During court proceedings on Thursday morning, Andrew Young took to the witness stand for the fourth day in a row to answer questions about John Edwards’ affair with Rielle Hunter and an elaborate plan to hide it from the public.
Young continued to be cross-examined by Edwards’ defense attorneys, who have attempted to chip away at Young’s credibility.
In court, Young admitted he contacted the National Enquirer about the affair.
Defense attorney Abbe Lowell asked Young if the more he talks, the less accurate he becomes.
In court, Lowell examined how Young found out about Hunter’s pregnancy. Young told the FBI it was May 10th, but said on the George Stephanopoulos he found out in June.
Lowell also produced an e-mail exchange between Young and Michael D’Antonio who co-wrote Young’s book. The two were trying to determine when Young learned of Hunter’s pregnancy.
The unnamed artist approached for money by Young was Boyd Tinsley, who plays for the Dave Matthews Band. Young admitted on Thursday that he asked Tinsley for money.
Lowell also discussed Mellon’s checks. Young claimed “they just came,” however Lowell produced cell phone records that showed calls from Young to Mellow before the three checks arrived.
At one point, Lowell said “Is it true that the longer you talk, the less accurate you become?”
Edwards, a former Democratic presidential contender, has pleaded not guilty to six counts related to nearly $1 million in secret payments from two wealthy donors used to help hide his pregnant mistress as he campaigned for the White House in 2008.
Most of that money flowed through Young, who the defense alleges spent much of the cash to build a $1.5 million house.
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