04/27/2012 10:14 am ET

John Edwards Voicemails Reveal Code To Hide Affair

More voicemails from John Edwards have become public as his criminal trial reaches the end of its first week. Transcripts reveal that Edwards used the phones of friends and aides to hide his affair from his wife, Elizabeth, according to the New York Post. He even established secret codes with Andrew Young, the aide who housed his mistress, Rielle Hunter, so that Young would know when Elizabeth was in the room. He left Young this voicemail in December 2007, two months before Hunter gave birth to their daughter:

“I’m gonna leave you this message just in case you get a call from me where I ask you what’s goin’ on. It’s the, the reason we’re calling is because Elizabeth’s standing there. So just be aware of that. Uh, if that’s, if I’m calling saying what happened, how did this happen, what’s goin’ on, then that’s because Elizabeth’s standing there with me."

Young turned over some voicemails to a federal grand jury last month. In one, Edwards waxed on about the elderly heiress who ended up supporting Hunter, then told Young he loved him:

"Andrew, hey it's John. It's 7:27 east coast time. I had a wonderful conversation with Bunny. She will be there no matter what. She's offered me to come up there and stay if I need to and I may end up doing that some. Anyway, she's a terrific person, God what a sweetie. Anyway, she's totally there and I think we can completely count on her and I just wanted you to hear that and to once again to tell you I love you… uhh, I really love you Andrew."

The love between Edwards and Young went both ways. When defense attorney Abbe Lowell asked Young this week whether he fell in love with Edwards, he said, "We all did. A lot of people in the country did."