Cate Edwards, the eldest daughter of former U.S. senator and presidential candidate John Edwards, is all set to take the stand in her father’s defense sometime Tuesday.
While it is unclear exactly what she will stay on the stand, Cate, a 30-year-old lawyer who has sat behind her father nearly every day of his ongoing corruption trial, is expected to speak about her dad’s love of her now-deceased mother.
John Edwards has pleaded not guilty to six counts related to campaign finance violations over nearly $1 million from two wealthy donors used to help hide his affair with Rielle Hunter and subsequently also hide their baby daughter Frances Quinn during the 2008 presidential campaign.
The former presidential hopeful alleges that he was using the money not to conceal the affair and child from the voters, but from his wife Elizabeth Edwards, who was dying of cancer.
Cate Edwards will be expected to corroborate her father’s version of events.
“I think we will expect to hear more details from Cate how he loved Elizabeth, how he tended to her in her final days,” Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, someone close to the Edwards family, told ABC News. “You will hear more about that that was his primary concern in hiding the affair, protecting his family.”
If convicted, John Edwards could be sentenced for up to 30 years in prison.
The NY Daily reports that before his indictment, Edwards reportedly turned down a plea deal that would have included six months in jail — but spared his loved ones from reliving the sordid affair.
ABC News has more on Cate Edwards upcoming testimony during the John Edwards trial in the clip below: