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Friday
Dec022011

Cain Camp Targets Cellphone Records from 'Troubled' Affair Accuser

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- An attorney for Herman Cain has requested the full cellphone records and other documents from a Georgia woman who said she engaged in a 13-year extramarital affair with the Republican presidential candidate in part to "test her credibility" and determine if she was promised money for coming forward.

Cain's attorney, Lin Wood, told ABC News that Ginger White's decision to provide media outlets a redacted version of her cellphone records to back up her claims about the long-term affair "raises serious questions about White's credibility."

"White owes the public the whole truth," Wood said, "not just her selective version of what she wants to say or release as part of her media campaign against Mr. Cain."

In a letter sent Thursday to White's attorney and obtained by ABC News, Wood also requested a full record of calls, text messages and emails sent or received by White in the weeks leading up to her first interview with Fox News' Atlanta affiliate WAGA-TV, questioning whether there was a political or financial motive behind White's accusation.

Just hours after the letter was sent, Cain told New Hampshire's Union Leader newspaper that though he did provide financial support to White from time to time, his wife was not aware of any relationship between White and himself.

White's attorney, Edward Buckley, told ABC News he has "every expectation" that the documents produced by his client are accurate.  He also said there's no need to produce any cellphone records regarding White's communication with Cain because Cain should already have them.

"Mr. Cain has his cellphone records which would reflect any and all telephone calls and text messages between him and Ms. White," Buckley said.  "So I think that he should be encouraged to produce all those to show whatever he wants to show."

The cellphone records, reviewed by ABC News, show repeated contact between White and Cain at all hours of the day and night as recently as October and November.  Buckley said he would respond to Wood's letter privately and more records will likely be made available later.

After White's public accusation, Cain sent a message to his supporters denying the affair and calling White a "troubled" woman who is using "national media outlets to promulgate a fabricated, unsubstantiated story."

In an interview with ABC News' Good Morning America on Wednesday, White stuck to her story.

"I can't make this stuff up," she said.  "And frankly speaking, I wouldn't want to make this up."

White has previously been accused of fabricating information.  Kimberly Vay, who was once her partner in a fitness coaching business, filed and won a libel lawsuit against White after White sent a "defamatory" note to a master email list of the company's clients and to city officials.

Asked whether she considers White's accusations against Cain credible, Vay said, "When you see the details of my lawsuit...they will speak for themselves."

In another interview with WAGA, White confirmed the incident, saying, "I admit it.  Whatever happened with Kim and I happened."

White also has a history of financial trouble, with a threat of eviction for non-payment of rent just two weeks ago.

White told ABC News that she was never evicted, but admitted to financial difficulties.  She said that Cain has "consistently" given her money, but it was not "sex for cash."

Cain admitted he had helped White financially in an email to supporters.

"I thought Ms. White was a friend in need of a supportive hand to better her life," he wrote. "Ms. White has made it apparent that she was abusing the friendship."

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Thursday
Dec012011

Cain Says He Will Quit Race If Wife Asks Him To

Alex Wong/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- An embattled Herman Cain admitted Thursday that his wife did not know about his friendship with Ginger White, the woman who has claimed to have engaged in a long-term affair with the presidential candidate, nor did he tell his wife about the financial assistance he offered White, and he is prepared to quit the race if his wife asks him to, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader and CSPAN.

In an hour-long interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader’s editorial board, Cain acknowledged that he’d helped White with “month-to-month bills and expenses” and that his wife, Gloria, “did not know that we were friends until she [White] came out with this story.”

The presidential candidate said his wife “is comfortable with the explanation that I told her.” Cain has yet to discuss the allegations, which arose Monday, with his wife in person but plans to do so Friday when he returns to Georgia.

Cain told the editorial board White had sent him about 70 text messages asking for financial assistance over a nearly four-week period between Oct. 22 and Nov. 18.

“She wasn’t the only friend who I had helped in these tough economic times, and so her messages to me were relating to ‘need money for rent’ or whatever the case may be. I don’t remember all the specifics,” Cain said in the interview.

Cain said White claimed to be out of a job and was unable to obtain financial assistance from her family, telling him “that quite frankly, I was the only person who was a friend at the time -- and I underscore ‘friend’ -- that was in a position to help her."

“I’m a soft-hearted person when it comes to that stuff. I have helped members of my church. I have helped members of my family. And I know a lot of other people who had done the same thing. Sometimes it was, quite frankly, desperation,” Cain said.

Cain, who said he sent White 17 text messages, some questioning her efforts to look for employment, admitted to providing financial assistance to White but did not detail an exact amount, per advice of counsel.

Cain emphasized that he gave her money voluntarily and that White did not threaten or blackmail him.

“No threats, no. There wasn’t any indication that there would be some blackmail or anything,” he told the editorial board. “Look, I thought she was a friend. End of story.”

Cain is currently conducting a “reassessment” of his campaign, during which he will consider strategy, fundraising, supporters and his family before deciding whether or not to continue in the presidential race. He told reporters that “getting out [of the race] is an option” and that a decision on his “reassessment” will come by “next week.”

Asked if he would drop out of the race if his wife asked him to, Cain said he would.

“But my wife wouldn’t ask me to get out,” he added. “She’s not the type to say, ‘You ought to get out.’”

Cain was originally scheduled to be interviewed by the Union Leader’s board last month but canceled the meeting when the paper refused to shorten the interview from 60 to 20 minutes. Earlier this week, the Union Leader bestowed its coveted endorsement upon former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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