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GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — The wife of a key former aide to John Edwards says the presidential candidate told her it was legal to deposit money from a wealthy donor in order to take care of Edwards’ mistress.

Cheri Young testified in Edwards’ trial on federal campaign finance charges. She said she deposited money from the donor into a bank account she held jointly with her husband, Andrew Young.

Cheri Young said she had doubts about the money and insisted that Edwards himself tell her it was legal under campaign finance laws. She said Edwards told her in a phone call that campaign lawyers said depositing the money was legal.

Prosecutors say Edwards deliberately used donations to hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008. Edwards denies the charges.

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