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John Edwards Affair: Federal Grand Jury Weighs Possible Indictments

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- A prominent financial backer of John Edwards was among those appearing this week at a federal courthouse in Raleigh, North Carolina, where a grand jury has been hearing evidence in a probe of the disgraced former senator and presidential candidate's finances.

Michael Cucchiara, a North Carolina real estate developer who became a close friend and supporter of Edwards, was observed walking into the courthouse Thursday morning.  He entered without making any comment.

A decision is expected early this year on whether to seek indictments in connection with more than $1 million that was used to help conceal Edwards' affair with Rielle Hunter, multiple sources told ABC News.

Though grand jury proceedings are secret, Edwards and his attorneys have acknowledged the investigation and have expressed confidence that no campaign funds were used improperly and that no laws were broken.

Sources with knowledge of Cucchiara's relationship with Edwards say that he is one of the former senator's few remaining confidants.  Their friendship got its start four years ago, after Cucchiara made a $2 million donation to a poverty center at the University of North Carolina that was then directed by Edwards.

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Christine O'Donnell Denies Money Misuse; Expects More Accusations

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Former Tea Party Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell defended herself Thursday against a report that the federal government was investigating her for misuse of campaign funds, saying the investigation was politically motivated.

"There's been no impermissible use of campaign funds whatsoever," O'Donnell told ABC News Thursday.  "You have to look at this whole thug politic tactic for what it is....I'm confident that we will be cleared of any charges."

"You don't need a tipster to show that this was politically motivated.  We were informed that the Delaware political establishment was going to use every resource available to them, including launching phony investigations...tying me up with lawsuits to make sure I can't move forward politically," she said.  "I even expect more things to come, that's their tactic."

O'Donnell, 41, said the Associated Press story was the first that she, her lawyers or the campaign had heard of the investigation.

"We have heard of no investigation; the AP has been tipped off before my lawyer or our campaign or anyone has been notified," she said.

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