The John Edwards trial continues. When we last left our disgraced politician and the various accounts of whether he'd knowingly or unknowingly broken campaign finance laws, we were considering the women in the story, particularly with last week's news that Elizabeth Edwards had confronted her husband dramatically over his continued affair with Rielle Hunter. Today there's more, though this has to do with the finances themselves rather than the side story (mostly). Not to worry, it's still juicy: Weeks before John Edwards was indicted for allegedly using $725,000 he'd received from Bunny Mellon to hide his affair with Rielle Hunter, Edwards had asked Mellon for even more money "to get him established," Mellon's librarian Tony Willis testified Monday. Or, as The Associated Press' Michael Biesecker reports, "to help him launch the next phase of his life." How much would that require? $3 million, to be specific, reports ABC News.
Mellon said no, that "she couldn't provide the money," testified Willis, to whom Mellon had dictated the letter responding to Edwards' request. This letter, Willis says, was never sent at the request of one of Mellon's lawyers. But the jury didn't hear about it either, because the Edwards defense objected to it being included as evidence, and the jury was sent from the room while the judge heard Willis' testimony. "The judge upheld the objection and the jury was brought back after discussions of the letter had ended," according to ABC's James Hill, Beth Loyd, and Russell Goldman.