Edwards Hush Money
Edwards Hush Money, A key aide to John Edwards asked a elderly philanthropist to mortgage her home to bankroll a poverty foundation for Edwards after it was clear that his presidential ambitions were crushed, a witness testified today.
Bryan Huffman, an interior designer and confidante of Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, told the court that after giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to Edwards, she felt she was being taken advantage of when Edwards’ aide Andrew Young asked for another $40 million to $50 million.
Young suggested Mellon, who was 97 at the time, could mortgage her Virginia home for the money.
“I can’t believe the senator wanted me for my money,” Mellon told Huffman, according to his testimony.
Huffman, who has been a flamboyant witness, spoke with a deep North Carolina drawl as he told the court Mellon was “so upset” by the request.
Huffman said Edwards needed to call Mellon and apologize, and when Edwards called he told Mellon that was unaware of the request for the money or the foundation. But Huffman also told the court that the former senator had called him directly and even offered him a seat on the foundation’s board.
Huffman testified on Thursday how he delivered secret checks between Mellon and Young. Edwards used that money to hide his mistress Rielle Hunter. (ABC News)