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Aide says Edward told him to seek money for mistress

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Posted: Apr 24, 2012 4:52 PM
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GREENSBORO, N.C. - The aide who helped John Edwards hide his pregnant mistress says the former presidential candidate directed him to seek money from rich friends to provide the woman a monthly allowance.

Former aide Andrew Young took the witness stand Tuesday for a second day at Edwards' criminal trial.

Edwards has pleaded not guilty to six criminal counts related to campaign finance violations involving nearly $1 million in secret payments provided by two wealthy donors as he sought the White House in 2008.

Young testified that Edwards directed him to start giving money to the mistress, Rielle Hunter, in May 2007 after she threatened to go to the media and expose the affair. Young said he suggested asking Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, an elderly heiress who had already given generously to Edwards' campaign.

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