Then, in December 2007, a tabloid photographer got a shot of a visibly pregnant Rielle. To protect Elizabeth, Andrew says John asked him to accept responsibility for the baby.
Andrew says he got the call while buying a turtle aquarium at the pet store with his wife. "He threw in what you'd expect—the presidency is at stake. Good versus evil," he says. "But the closing thing was, 'Andrew, Elizabeth is about to die.' ... He made us believe that Elizabeth was going to die within a matter of weeks."
Andrew says the conversation was surreal. "I was sitting in a minivan outside of PetSmart looking at him on the cover of Newsweek and it makes the argument about how he could win the presidency," he says.