Federal authorities accuse Mr. Hastert, an Illinois Republican who was speaker of the House of Representatives and is now a Washington. John Dennis Hastert is a former American politician who served as the 51st Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. Amy Davidson on the indictment against Dennis Hastert, and the questions raised by its allegations.

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Dennis Hastert

Attorney Steven Block told Durkin that prosecutors were also troubled by the leaks and that the government is “doing everything we can” to stop them. Sign Up for Our Newsletters Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know now on politics, health, money and more.

Hastert expected to get treatment through the weekend July 13, Reached by telephone after the announcement, former Gov.

Speaker of the House. The emergence of the sexual abuse allegations against Hastert brought renewed attention to the Mark Foley scandal, and the criticism of Hastert that he failed to take appropriate action in that case.

He lost a bid for the Illinois House of Representativesbut tried again and won a seat in Soon after sentencing, the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System announced that Hastert would forfeit future teachers’ pension benefits, effective immediately, due to a state law depriving pension benefits from educators who are convicted of felonies relating to their employment.

Retrieved April 27, After retiring from Congress, Hastert made occasional public appearances on political programs. Hastert was key to the passage in November of key Medicare legislation hastwrt created Medicare Part Da prescription-drug benefit.

Indictment accuses former Speaker Hastert of paying $ million in hush money | PBS NewsHour

In MayHastert was indicted on federal charges of structuring bank withdrawals to evade bank reporting requirements and making false statements to federal investigators. Hastert was popular with rank-and-file members and worked hard at the politics of the speakership, including keeping up a grueling fundraising schedule.

I took advantage of them. I don’t know what you’re talking about.

On November 15,Hastert delivered a farewell speech on the House floor, emphasizing the need for civility in politics; Hastert’s speech was followed by remarks from Pelosi praising Hastert’s service. This is the future.

Legal experts said extortion cases can be tricky. Cross gave emotional testimony, telling the court that Hastert, whom he had trusted, had abused him and caused him to experience “intense pain, shame and guilt.

Hastert Indictment

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Addressing the court, Hastert—who had arrived at court in a wheelchair—read from a written statement, apologizing for having “mistreated athletes.


In Maya second man filed a lawsuit against Hastert. Even after the Abramoff reforms, companies and countries looking to sway Congress find ways to ply lawmakers with fancy overseas tripsNational Journal January 10, This is new to me.

Hastert also filed under seal a response to the government’s presentence indictmen report. The Hastert scandal was one motivation for the advance of legislation in the Illinois General Assembly to eliminate the statute of limitations for all felony child abuse and sexual assault offenses.

Everything We Do and Don’t Know About the Hastert Indictment

In indictnent special election in March to fill the rest of Hastert’s unexpired term, Foster defeated Oberweis. Archived from the original on February 20, It has been injected in this case I think impermissibly. InHastert’s official portrait was unveiled and placed in the Speaker’s Lobby adjacent to the House chamber, alongside portraits of other past House speakers.

Meanwhile, Hastert’s political mentor Grotberg had been elected to Congress as the representative from Illinois’s 14th districtbut fell ill with cancer inand was unable to run for a second term. Jefferson ‘s Capitol Hill office in connection with a corruption investigation. Hastert’s hobbies include carving and painting duck decoysand collecting ineictment restoring vintage cars.

Hastert briefly attended North Central Collegebut later transferred to Wheaton Collegea Christian liberal arts college. Livingston stepped down from the speakership in amid gastert that details of his own affairs would be brought to light. Vanity Fair September