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The National Enquirer promises more; from Larry King last night: 

KING: In New York is Dr. Robi Ludwig, psychotherapist, best selling author of “Til Death Do Us Part.” Here in Los Angeles is Dr. Charles Sophy, psychiatrist, medical director of the L.A. County Department of Children & Family Services. In West Palm Beach, Florida is David Perel, the editor in chief of the “National Enquirer.” And in Atlanta is Drew Griffin, correspondent for the CNN special investigations unit.

We’ll start with David Perel. David, you’ve been so right on this. Is more coming?

DAVID PEREL, EDITOR IN CHIEF, “NATIONAL ENQUIRER”: Yes, Larry, there’s a lot more coming. Absolutely.

KING: How did — by digging into all of this, and the fact that it keeps coming, does that surprise you? You’ve done a lot of stories. Does this one surprise you?

PEREL: This story did surprise me, Larry. It surprised me that John Edwards, who had a reputation as being a very honest and moral man, could stand there before the American public while running for president and just lie so brazenly. I have to admit it shocked me and it shocked the team at the Enquirer.

The truth is there will be more revelations. He was not totally honest during that “Nightline” interview. There is more to the story that’s going to come out in the Enquirer.

KING: Can you give us a hint what’s coming this week?

PEREL: Yes, I can. As a matter of fact, we can tell you that he met three times with Rielle Hunter at the Beverly Hilton this year. that he has been in contact with her since, that she has now been flown out of California by private plane to an undisclosed location. And significantly, on the money trail, that he absolutely knew she was being paid, and she told him that she was being paid, and how much and where it was coming from.

When something like this happens, I really don’t understand why the guy doesn’t just get out of the picture. You made a mistake. It’s a bummer for you — and maybe even cruel that it’s come out, but it has. It’s really a bummer for your family. So go be with them. Don’t infect and distract. 

Incidentally, “love lips” was the last straw for me. I officially know way too much about John Edwards.


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