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Disgraced Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert Released From Federal Prison

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, 75, who had long been regarded in the public eye as just a Regular Joe from the Midwest — that is  until his scandal emerged —  has been released from a federal prison hospital in Minnesota and transferred to a halfway house in Chicago, Josh Gerstein of Politico reports.

Hastert pleaded guilty last year to violating money laundering laws  in a case that shocked the country and Beltway insiders. The scandal stemmed from hush money he paid to conceal sexual abuse he committed of students while he was a high school teacher and coach several decades ago.

A federal judge in Chicago sentenced him to 15 months.

Hastert was never charged in the sexual abuse cases because of the statute of limitations. But Politico notes that two men are suing him, alleging they were abused as kids.

 

Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert Gets 15 Months in Prison; Tells Judge He’s ‘Deeply Ashamed’

Dennis Hastert

Dennis Hastert

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Capping a shameful chapter for Congress, a federal judge in Chicago on Wednesday sentenced former House speaker J. Dennis Hastert to 15 months in federal prison, a punishment that was more severe than what prosecutors had recommended and one that clearly took into account the sexual abuse allegations, the Washington Post reports. .

Hastert,  74, a former wrestling coach in Illinois who rose through the ranks in Congress,  told  U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin that he was “deeply ashamed” to be in court and acknowledged that he “mistreated some of the athletes I coached,” according to a report by Matt Zapotosky of the Post.

Hastert, 74, who arrived in court in a wheelchair, did not plead guilty to any sex crimes, the Post reports The statute of limitations had run out.

But those allegations were an integral part of his crime.

He pleaded guilty to withdrawing money in increments to  avoid having to report it. The money was used to buy the silence of one of people he had sexually abused as a youth. 

 

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI

Dennis Hastert

Dennis Hastert

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert could spend six months or more in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago to lying to the FBI.

The Associated Press reports that Hastert struck a plea deal with federal prosecutors, who agreed to recommend he serve no more than six months in prison.

But a judge could still go beyond the plea agreement and send the Illinois Republican to prison for up to five years.

The plea deal also meant prosecutors would drop a banking violation charge.

Hastert was accused of handing $100,000 to an anonymous person to keep past misconduct quiet.

Former U.S. House Speaker Hastert Pleads Not Guilty in Awkward Court Appearance

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges involving hush money payments and lying to federal agents, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Tribune wrote that Hastert looked “extremely uncomfortable.”

“As the judge left the bench and Hastert’s high-powered attorneys conferred with prosecutors, Hastert, once one of Illinois’ most prominent politicians, remained by himself near the lectern, his shoulders hunched, arms hanging limp at his sides. After a moment, he turned toward the gallery where dozens of reporters and spectators were filing out and pursed his lips.”

When the brief hearing was over, the 73-year-old Republican was silent as he passed throngs of reporters and flashing cameras.

Hastert is accused of paying $3.5 million to keep quiet wrongdoing during his days as a high school teacher and wrestling coach.

Hastert’s bank withdrawals caught the attention of authorities.

Dennis Hastert Accused of Agreeing to Pay Millions to Hush Up Sexual Abuse of Male Decades Ago

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Inside the Beltway, a place where shocking revelations have been a way of life over the decades, this one still sent shock waves.

Michael D. Shear and Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times report that former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is accused of paying a man not to say publicly that Hastert had inappropriately touched him decades ago while Hastert was a high school teacher and wrestling coach in Illinois. The Times cites two unnamed people briefed on the evidence uncovered in an F.B.I. probe.

The feds have accused Hastert of making cash withdrawals designed to hide those payments and for lying to federal authorities about the purpose of the withdrawals.

We’re talking serious money.

The Times reports that the indictment said that in 2010, the man met with Mr. Hastert several times and at some point Hastert agreed to pay him $3.5 million “in order to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct against” the man.

The Times reports that the indictment stunned Hastert’s friends and former Capitol Hill colleagues, and that they were struggling to make sense of it all.

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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Indicted for Lying to FBI and Evading Taxes

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert

By CNN

Federal officials have indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert for lying to the FBI and evading taxes as he sought to pay off the subject to “cover up past misconduct.”

The indictment was unsealed in the District Court of Northern Illinois on Thursday. The Justice Department alleges that Hastert made large withdrawals after he agreed to pay an unnamed subject $3.5 million.

The indictment does not explain precisely what the “past misconduct” is, but instead details at length various withdrawals and financial transactions he made with the unidentified subject. The payments occurred over a period of years beginning in 2010 and ending in 2014.

To read more click here.