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Shocking Report: John Edwards Investigated by Grand Jury for Mistress Payments

Apr. 1 2009, Updated 12:22 p.m. ET

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Former presidential candidate John Edwards is being investigated by a federal grand jury, probing if he misused campaign funds to pay his mistress, the National Enquirer is reporting in its new issue.

The bombshell report says that at least four former campaign workers for Edwards received subpoenas to testify in Raleigh, N.C.

Edwards’ mistress, Rielle Hunter, was on his campaign payroll. He at first denied the affair charge and finally admitted it after the Enquirer caught him in a late-night visit to Hunter’s hotel room.

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The Enquirer now quotes a source saying the probe is centered around whether Edwards used campaign money to cover up the affair. The IRS is also reportedly involved.

Edwards still denies he is the father of Hunter’s baby and his close pal and former campaign aide Andrew Young came forward to claim paternity. But Young’s “admission” has been met with severe skepticism. He is not listed as the baby’s father on the birth certificate and Hunter has told friends that Edwards is the father.

Young and Hunter both received financial assistance from Fred Baron, the wealthy lawyer pal of Edwards. Baron, now deceased, said at the time that Edwards had no knowledge of the payments.

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