Edwards meets leading figure in criminal probe

By NEDRA PICKLER | May 26, 2011 | 9:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a possible indictment pending, John Edwards has met with a leading figure in the criminal investigation into funds used to cover up his extramarital affair.

William Taylor, an attorney for heiress Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, confirmed they had lunch Thursday at her Upperville, Va., home.

Mellon is the 100-year-old widow of banking heir Paul Mellon and was a top donor to Edwards' presidential campaign. She also reportedly gave hundreds of thousands of dollars used to keep Edwards mistress Reille Hunter in hiding while he pursued the White House.

Those funds are at the center of the criminal investigation, with Edwards facing possible indictment in coming days.

Taylor says he was at the meeting and it was "entirely personal and social." He says they did not discuss the case.