Raelyn Johnson and Joe Johns
Cnn.com
April 23, 2012

John Edwards “made a choice to break the law” by accepting illegal campaign contributions to hide his pregnant mistress from the public as he campaigned in 2007 to be the Democratic presidential nominee, prosecutors said Monday in the opening day of the former U.S. senator’s criminal trial.

“This affair was a gamble with exceedingly high stakes,” prosecutor David Harbach said in his opening statement, referring to the affair between Edwards and mistress Rielle Hunter. “If the affair went public it would have destroyed any chance to become president and he knew it.

“Two of his most enthusiastic supporters happened to be wealthy and he knew that, too. He made a choice to accept hundreds of thousands of dollars. He made a choice to break the law.”

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