Grand jury discusses Edwards, Easley

July 13, 2009 9:55:27 PM PDT
Sources tell Eyewitness News there are two separate grand juries meeting in Raleigh over John Edwards and Mike Easley.The first one meets the first Wednesday and Thursday of each month to look into Edwards' use of campaign funds.

In 2006 and 2007, Edwards' political action committee paid his former mistress, Rielle Hunter, $114,000 to produce videos of Edwards during his campaign. Federal investigators are trying to figure out if those payments violated federal law.

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Edwards has said publically that he expected to be exonerated.

"I am confident that no funds from my campaign were used improperly," he told an interviewer. "However, I know that it is the role of government to ensure that this is true. We have made available to the United States both the people and the information necessary to help them get the issue resolved efficiently and in a timely matter."

The second jury meets the third Wednesday and Thursday every month to discuss the former governor's actions.

Federal prosecutors want to know if Easley engaged in political corruption while in office.

Investigators are looking into the Easley family's travel records and personal property deals that were made while in office to see if any campaign laws were violated.

They are also investigating NC State's hiring of his wife, Mary Easley.

E-mails and other documents released last month showed the former governor played a role in getting his wife a lecturer job at State in 2005 and her high paying job as a person who brought speakers to the university.

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The grand jury will meet this week to discuss further details surrounding Easley.


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