You know, I’ve had a couple of stressful weeks, but I read this and I think, “At least I’m not Denny Hastert!”
Federal prosecutors in Chicago want former House Speaker Dennis Hastert to serve prison time to resolve a criminal indictment charging he violated federal banking law when he withdrew about $900,000 in cash to pay to an unnamed associate as part of an effort to cover up past misconduct, sources said.
Defense attorneys and prosecutors are negotiating a plea deal that they will take before U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin, according to sources close to the case. The deal, details of which are still emerging, would likely call for Hastert to spend more than a year behind bars, one source said.
A hearing on the case is set for Thursday morning in federal court in Chicago. Hastert, who has been in seclusion since pleading not guilty to the charges, is not expected to appear or enter a plea at that session.
Both sides in the case confirmed late last month that they were in plea talks, but signs of a deal became more concrete Tuesday when — despite a court deadline — defense lawyers did not file motions challenging the case.
[…] Hastert, who retired from the House in 2007, was indicted in May on charges of structuring bank withdrawals to avoid federal reporting requirements and lying to the FBI about what he did with the money. The indictment said that from 2012 to 2014 Hastert withdrew $952,000 in increments of less than $10,000 after a bank official warned him that larger amounts would be reported to federal authorities. The federal charges said the money was part of $1.7 million the former speaker paid and a total of $3.5 million he promised to pay to compensate for “past misconduct” against a longtime acquaintance and to compensate for that misconduct.
Guess he’s paying for molesting that kid and maybe even more, even though he’s not being charged. Seems like they want to hush up the scandal of the former GOP Speaker of the House being a pedophile.