Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted …

Chicago Tribune….

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been indicted on federal charges alleging he agreed to pay $3.5 million in apparent hush money to a longtime acquaintance blackmailing him, then lied to the FBI when asked about suspicious cash withdrawals from several banks, federal prosecutors said.

The stunning indictment of the longtime Republican powerhouse alleged he gave about $1.7 million in cash to the acquaintance, identified only as Individual A in the charges, to “compensate for and conceal (Hastert’s) prior misconduct” against Individual A that had occurred years earlier.

Hastert, a former high school teacher, served eight years as House speaker and has been working as a lobbyist in Washington since stepping down from office in 2008.

Hastert, 73, of Plano, was charged with one count each of structuring currency transactions to evade Currency Transaction Reports and making a false statement to the FBI, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He will be arraigned later at U.S. District Court in downtown Chicago.

According to the seven-page indictment, Hastert withdrew a total of $1.7 million in cash from various bank accounts between 2010 and 2014 to give to Individual A. In December, Hastert began structuring the cash withdrawals in increments less than $10,000 to evade bank reporting requirements, the indictment said.

When questioned by the FBI about the withdrawals, Hastert lied and said the cash was for his own use, according to the charges.

“Yeah, I kept the cash. That’s what I’m doing,” the indictment quoted Hastert as telling agents.

Hastert was not charged with any counts specifically alleging blackmail or extortion of Individual A, and further details of the alleged misconduct against Individual A were not provided in the indictment.

That’s a lot of cash to keep a secret safe. A former high school teacher, hum. I will not speculate, but, this story isn’t over.

Thanks to Loudoun DUI Attorney Thomas Soldan.

One thought on “Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted …

  1. High school teacher and WRESTLING COACH. That part of his resume always made me prick up my ears. That’s the part that screams the potential accusation we dare not say out loud.
    Also, he doesn’t seem too smart in the way he was handling it.
    He should have joined the scientologists and let Tom Cruise’s and John Travolta’s people handle it, whatever it is.

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