Former GOP US House Speaker Dennis Hastert Indicted For Violating Federal Banking Laws

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Former Republican U.S. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday for violating federal banking laws and for lying to the FBI. Hastert, the longest serving GOP House Speaker in U.S. history, was charged with one count of structuring currency transactions to evade Currency Transaction Reports and a single count of making a false statement to the FBI.

Hastert allegedly violated federal banking laws by attempting to conceal 1.7 million dollars in “hush money” to an unidentified individual, in exchange for that person not revealing Hastert’s involvement in “past misconduct”.  Hastert agreed to pay 3.5 million dollars in “hush money” to the unidentified acquaintance, of which 1.7 million in payments were made between 2010 and 2014.

Each of the two felony charges could land Hastert up to five years in prison and a 250,000 dollar fine if he is convicted. Hastert was the longest serving Republican House Speaker in U.S. history. He served as Speaker of the House for eight years, from January 1999 when he succeeded Newt Gingrich, until January 2007, when Democrat Nancy Pelosi took his speaker’s gavel, after Democrats reclaimed the House majority as a result of the 2006 midterm elections.

Hastert’s leadership was tarnished after it became apparent that the GOP leadership under Hastert had ignored the scandal involving GOP Rep. Mark Foley (FL) making inappropriate sexual advances towards underage male pages. Foley resigned from Congress in 2006 over the allegations.

The seven page indictment against Hastert does not detail the specific misconduct the former Congressman was trying to hide by paying out the hush money. It does however reveal a pattern of deception that included lying to FBI officials.

Hastert’s dishonesty reveals his immersion in a culture of corruption. While the former House Speaker, like all criminal defendants, is presumed innocent until proven guilty, the indictment raises questions about Hastert’s integrity. Those questions were raised frequently while he was in Congress, and now it appears that they will dog him in his post-congressional life as well.

11 Replies to “Former GOP US House Speaker Dennis Hastert Indicted For Violating Federal Banking Laws”

  1. Man! What a relief. It’s merely banking law that was allegedly broken.

    It’s a relief knowing no one will go to prison. That’s for the poors.

  2. And it’s all a political ploy from the Big Bad Democrats…don’t ya know?

    Strange is it not- the natural Republican career path.

    Shady Past. Shady Election. Shady Office Holding. Then they get outraged when they’re inevitably caught.

  3. I wonder if they’ll rename the Hastert rule the Boner rule? It just so aptly fits given to all things dealing with legislation or lack there of and republicans.

  4. This story is going to get legs. Paying out hush money is the response to blackmail, pure and simple, and $3.5 million is a lot of hush money. $3.5 million worth of indiscretion indicates something big and juicy. Another blatant example of righteous Republizard deceit and immorality. Pop the popcorn, Mama, this is gonna be good.

  5. Denny was a wrestling coach for many years and had close contact with sweaty wrestlers. Odds are that’s where the payoffs were going. Just like almost all criminals, the cover-up is what is going to get him in the most trouble. That is until a few others who he (wrestled)with start to talk and make accusations – that will open up another Pandora’s box of problems for him. Republicans are sick.

  6. “Notice the teacher and coach language,” said Jeff Cramer, a former federal prosecutor and head of the Chicago office of the investigation firm Kroll. “Feds don’t put in language like that unless it’s relevant.”

    I don’t know because I was not there but this is looking like he was molesting young boys

  7. This might be just the tip of the ice berg with this guy. For years there’s been questions about his shady real estate dealings.

  8. misconduct? boy, they are too kind. if his integrity was questioned during his time in congress why was he given the job as speaker of the house?

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