Edwards’ aide asked elderly woman for $40-$50 million
A key aide to John Edwards asked Rachel “Bunny” Mellon to mortgage her home to bankroll a poverty foundation for Edwards in 2008 after it was clear his presidential ambitions were crushed, a witness testified on Friday.
Bryan Huffman, an interior designer and confidante of Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, told the court after giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to Edwards, Mellon felt she was being taken advantage of when Andrew Young asked for another $40 million to $50 million.
During the discussion, Young allegedly suggested the 97-year-old woman mortgage her Virginia farm to get the money.
“I can’t believe the senator wanted me for my money,” Huffman claims Mellon told him.
Huffman said when Edwards called to apologize, Edwards told Mellon he was unaware of the request.
Huffman said Edwards wanted Mellon to know that he didn’t want her money.
During a discussion, Young reportedly referred to himself as “throw me under the bus Andrew.”
Huffman also claimed during his testimony that neither he nor Mellon knew of Edwards’ affair with Hunter until months after the last check was sent. Huffman said Mellon was less upset about the affair but more irritated her money was being used to cover up the affair.
“She thought that maybe you should pay for your girlfriend yourself,” Huffman claims Mellon said regarding Edwards.
Former campaign manager Peter Scher took the stand after Huffman finished his testimony. He spoke about how he had warned Edwards in 2006 to distance himself from Hunter, and and also how Edwards got angry over allegations of an affair.
Later, Scher furious because Hunter was still traveling with the presidential hopeful, said to Edwards, “What the f**k are you doing here?”
Scher claims Edwards replied, saying “He didn’t need a babysitter and told me to go f**k myself.”
Court is set to resume at 2 p.m.