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October 7th, 2010
08:14 AM ET

Edwards investigators casting 'very wide net' with subpeonas

(CNN) – There are new developments this morning the in the Federal investigation of former Senator and Presidential candidate John Edwards. A new round of subpoenas have gone out and at issue is whether Edwards used campaign funds to cover up his affair with Rielle Hunter.

CNN producer Raelyn Johnson was embedded with the Edward’s campaign in 2008 and told American Morning's John Roberts and Kiran Chetry that, according to her sources, “they are casting a very wide net.”

CNN Producer Raelyn Johnson: Much wider than they did a year ago. They're talking about people who were schedulers, staffers, small-time staffers, including very, very big people involved with the campaign.

Kiran Chetry: What has been admitted so far by the Edwards camp about what may or may not have happened.

Johnson: Well, I think, first of all, we don't know what is true that comes from the Edwards campaign. We already know that. The issue at hand are payments out of a committee. Every candidate has a PAC. But it was believed that it was given to Rielle but then there was an April payment in 207 for $14,000 that went to her and it was believed was hush money but reported as a furniture purchase that and would be a violation of campaign finances. That's why the allegations are out.

John Roberts: We know in Andrew hunter's book, she was put up in a house, so could this go well beyond this $14,000 that was paid out to her?

Johnson: Absolutely. The money trail is far and wide. From New York, to Fred Melon who passed away. There are players dead and alive. People like to say baseball is America’s favorite pastime. And it's politics. This has proven worthy of an Andrew Sorkin movie. Which is know is going to happen.

Chetry: For John Edwards, what's the worst case scenario they're Joe?

Johnson: The worst case scenario, at the end of the day, John Edwards say lawyer.

Roberts: And wade smith said we didn't do anything, pleading innocence. Great to see you this morning. Thanks.


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