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A federal grand jury indicted two-time presidential candidate John Edwards Friday over allegations that he spent $925,000 in campaign donations to cover up his extramarital affair as he was running for the White House in 2008.

Edwards has been charged with six counts, including conspiracy, four counts of illegal campaign contributions and one count of false statements. Edwards will be arraigned in a federal court in Winston-Salem, N.C. later Friday.

"John Edwards will tell the court he is innocent of all charges, and will plead not guilty," Edwards' lawyer, Gregory Craig, said in a statement. "He did not break the law and will mount a vigorous defense."

The indictment claims that the payments Edwards' mistress and campaign videographer Rielle Hunter received from his two friends, Rachel Mellon and Fred Baron, were campaign contributions intended to keep her and their baby in hiding during the 2008 presidential election.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/06/03/former-presidential-candidate-john-edwards-indicted-by-federal-grand-jury/#ixzz1OFB2mvC9

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