EXCLUSIVE: How The NATIONAL ENQUIRER broke the JOHN EDWARDS cheating scandal and what happened WHEN!
Dec. 28, 2006 – John Edwards announces he’s running for president.
Oct. 22, 2007 – The ENQUIRER publishes its first exclusive report about Edwards’ affair.
Dec. 12, 2007 – ENQUIRER reporters confront a pregnant Rielle Hunter in North Carolina.
The following day her lawyer tells The ENQUIRER she is not having an affair with Edwards – but is instead pregnant with the baby of Edwards’ married campaign aide Andrew Young.
Dec. 31, 2007 – The ENQUIRER publishes a bombshell report revealing Rielle’’s pregnancy with Edwards’ baby and reports that a massive cover-up is taking place. Edwards vehemently denies our story.
Jan. 30, 2008 – Edwards drops out of the race for president.
Weeks later, on Feb. 27, Rielle gives birth to his daughter, Frances Quinn Hunter, in Santa Barbara, Calif. The father’s name is left off the birth certificate.
July 21, 2008 – ENQUIRER reporters catch Edwards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles visiting Rielle and their love child. He tries to hide in a men’s bathroom.
August 6, 2008 – NationalEnquirer.com releases the "photos everyone's been waiting for " — spy photos of Edwards holding his love child.
Aug. 8, 2008 – Edwards admits to the affair during an interview on ABC’s “Nightline,” but again denies he’s the baby’s father.
August 3, 2009 – Sources confirm The ENQUIRER's bombshell report that a secret Federal Grand Jury has convened in North Carolina to investigate allegations of Edwards misuse of Presidential campaign funds to orchestrate a conspiracy of silence.
Jan. 21, 2010 – Edwards finally admits paternity of Rielle’s child. Edwards and his wife Elizabeth, who is battling terminal cancer, separate.
February 2010 – The ENQUIRER is nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for its investigation of Edwards.
Dec. 7, 2010 – Elizabeth dies – she leaves John nothing in her will.
May 26, 2011 – The Department of Justice readies criminal charges against Edwards following a two-year investigation into allged misuse of political donations to cover up his affair.
JUNE 3, 2011 — An arrest warrant is issued as US Department of Justice indicts John Edwards on criminal charges. The case of USA v. Johnny Reid Edwards contains six counts, including conspiracy, four counts of illegal campaign contributions and one count of false statements. GOTCHA!