During a trip in September 2007, Mr. Davis said, he went to Mr. Edwards‘ hotel room to retrieve a cellphone that the candidate had borrowed from him. When he got to the room, he could hear what sounded like a speakerphone conversation through the door, and he was able to discern both Mr. Edwards‘ and Ms. Hunter’s voices.
Just how much Mr. Edwards knew about the effort to keep his pregnant mistress — and later his baby — hidden from the public is at the heart of the government’s criminal case. After tabloid reporters tracked down Ms. Hunter in New Jersey in September 2007, one of Mr. Edwards‘ closest aides, Andrew Young, brought Ms. Hunter to live with his wife and three children in Chapel Hill, a few miles from the sprawling estate Mr. Edwards shared with his family.
When reporters photographed the pregnant Ms. Hunter outside a grocery story that December, Mr. Young and his wife flew with Ms. Hunter on a private jet to Florida, and they checked into a luxury waterfront hotel. It was the start of a cross-country odyssey of stays in posh resorts and rented mansions paid for by Mr. Edwards‘ campaign finance chairman, a wealthy Texas lawyer named Fred Baron.
During his testimony, Mr. Davis recounted a conversation he heard between Mr. Baron and Mr. Edwards in the fall of 2007 on the finance chairman’s jet. Mr. Baron’s plane was routinely used to fly Mr. Edwards to political events in Iowa, New Hampshire and other early primary states.
“I didn’t want to be aware of this,” Mr. Davis testified.
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