05/19/2010 12:44 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

John Edwards Plea Deal To Avoid Jail Time In The Works, National Enquirer Reports

Disgraced politician John Edwards is seeking a plea deal with federal authorities in order to avoid serving any time in prison, the National Enquirer reports. Edwards is under investigation by the FBI and the IRS for campaign violations regarding payments to his former mistress Rielle Hunter.

Edwards is "terrified" of going to jail, according to the Enquirer source, and "he's willing to cop to a misdemeanor charge" to avoid jail time, but "is asking to keep his law license."

This is just the latest revelation in a scandal that refuses to go away. Rielle Hunter recently went on Oprah to dish about her relationship with Edwards, confirming among other things that the couple made a graphic sex tape.

Former Edwards confidante Andrew Young, who initially tried to cover for his boss by falsely claiming paternity of Edwards' love child with Hunter, accused Hunter of lying in the Oprah interview in an effort to "deflect blame" from herself.