Ex-Edwards Aide Called To Testify On Day Three

Defense lawyers for John Edwards are expected to get their first shot at cross examining a former aide who is a key witness against his former boss.

Andrew Young was the first witness called by prosecutors at the criminal trial of the two-time Democratic presidential candidate. Edwards has pleaded not guilty to six counts related to campaign finance violations.

Young's testimony is essential to making the government's case that Edwards conspired to use secret payments from two wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008.

Young will take the stand for a third day Wednesday, with prosecutors expected to finish their questions by lunchtime. The defense claims Young spent much of the money at issue in the case building a $1.5 million house.

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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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