The U.S. Justice Department has given prosecutors the go-ahead to seek an indictment against former U.S. Sen. and two-time presidential candidate John Edwards, according to reports from ABC and NBC.
ABC News, which broke the story late Tuesday night, says Edwards, of North Carolina, has been informed of the development.
Edwards reportedly is considering whether to defend himself in a trial, or accept a plea agreement.
According to the ABC reports, Edwards, 57, faces scrutiny from federal prosecutors over the way 2008 presidential campaign money was used. Specifically, the network reports, investigators want to know if the Edwards campaign used donations to help shield the candidate's mistress, Rielle Hunter, from the press.
Hunter was an aide in Edwards' 2008 presidential campaign. Edwards has denied any misuse of campaign funds.