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Dennis Hastert, Former House Speaker, Indicted


The Department of Justice has charged former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) with lying to federal agents, and attempting to conceal the nature and purpose of several large cash withdrawals over a four-year period.

The indictment alleges that Hastert paid $1.7 million, of a promised $3.5 million, to an unnamed individual in multiple installments from 2010 until 2014.

Hastert allegedly withdrew large sums of cash from various bank accounts “in order to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct against” this individual, referred to in the indictment as “Individual A.”

Neither the indictment nor the Justice Department’s statement elaborates on the nature of the “past misconduct” Hastert was allegedly attempting to conceal. However, the indictment does mention that Hastert was a high-school teacher and coach in Yorkville, Illinois from 1965 to 1981, and, further, that “Individual A has been a resident of Yorkville, Illinois,” and that the individual has known Hastert for most of his or her life.

Federal regulations require a Currency Transaction Report to be filed for any transactions involving amounts larger than $10,000. In April 2012, bank officials questioned Hastert’s $50,000 withdrawals.

Subsequently, Hastert began exclusively withdrawing cash in increments of less than $10,000 in order to evade having to file reports, and “changed the timing and amounts of the payments” so that Individual A received “$100,000 every three months,” according to the indictment.

The Justice Department and the FBI began investigating Hastert in 2013. According to the indictment, when asked about the cash withdrawals, Hastert lied to Bureau agents, claiming he had withdrawn the money and was storing it himself because he did not feel safe keeping it in banks.

“Yeah… I kept the cash. That’s what I’m doing,” Hastert told agents.

Photo: ASIS International via Flickr

This story has been updated.

Sam Reisman

Sam Reisman is the former managing editor at The National Memo, where he still writes the weekly "This Week In Crazy" column. His writing has appeared in Flavorpill, The Huffington Post, Columbia Daily Spectator, and Bwog. He was the publisher of the 2010 edition of Inside New York, an annual guidebook to the city for students and young professionals.

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  1. 13observer May 28, 2015

    He apparently is not as lucky as Barak or Hillary.

    1. Pi_Boson May 28, 2015

      Thank you for confirming that you wear your anal sphincter as a necktie.

      1. CPAinNewYork May 28, 2015

        It seems that it’s not possible to walk through the halls of Congress and not kick up some dirt.

      2. DoctorFaustroll May 28, 2015

        More likely a stocking cap…

    2. elw May 28, 2015

      It has nothing to do with luck. Finding actual evidence of wrong doing is very different from making an allegation with no back up evidence.

    3. MichelleRose3 May 28, 2015

      13observer is a paid troll. He’s all over this forum, attracting clicks at about a nickel per. Ignore him and he’ll troll elsewhere. Respond to him and all you’re doing is enhancing his trust fund.

      1. InformedVoter May 28, 2015

        So someone speaking the truth is a troll? Someone speaking the truth would be so foreign for liberals to comprehend that all they can do is to try to destroy the person speaking the truth. Try visiting sites that Dum Vila don’t blast their propaganda on, and you just might learn something that’s actually true!

        1. FireBaron May 29, 2015

          No, someone like you and “13” who present unsubstantiated rumors and unconfirmable references and resources as facts are only stoking a fire fueled by either your own ignorance of the foibles of those you wish to support, or you are both paid shills. If the latter, your pursemasters are not getting their moneys’ worth.

          1. InformedVoter May 30, 2015

            Low information folks like you continually deny verified sources. Already, many legal experts have chimed in that, like every prior charge, that the result will be a complete defeat for the government. To date, they (the Obama idiots) are batting 0.0% in having those charged with being found guilty. Every week, more damning information about Mrs. Clinton comes out. Her approval rating continues to drop. Low information people (like you) keep asking “why” (since you believe the charges are bogus. The truth lies in the fact that the voters are beginning to see through all the Clinton lies and deceptions. Before the next election, Mrs. Clinton will be lucky if she doesn’t end up in prison or plea bargaining to a lesser charge!

        2. waggaze May 29, 2015

          If there was anything to charge President Obama and Hillary for the Republicans would have already started procedures. Being they haven’t says there is nothing to charge them for. They went after Bill Clinton for a BJ costing taxpayers millions of dollars with zero results. Why do people make these accusations without merit? Trolls or idiots or both?

      2. idamag May 29, 2015

        The best thing to do is to ignore his kind. They never offer up anything and get paid for responding to them.

  2. CPAinNewYork May 28, 2015

    Shades of Alexander Hamilton, who was blackmailed by a man that he had cuckolded.

  3. waggaze May 28, 2015

    This man is not an idiot, well that could be debated, or is not without an education so he knew this would catch up with him. It must have been something major Hastert wanted to keep covered up to pay that much and to lie to the FBI. It does say how our politicians in DC feel they are above the law. Republican House speakers seem to always get themselves into deep caca for the dumbest things. If he committed a federal crime then he should face the full wrath of the FBI and DOJ for his acts.

  4. Dominick Vila May 28, 2015

    Another “family values” Republican living in the gutter. Needless to say, our not so “conservative” friends will go ballistic in days to come trying to deflect our attention from this incident, which for many of them is ancient history and something not worth discussing. Get ready for a Benghazi. e-mailgate, and Clinton wealth extravaganza by the disciples of the 47 Republican senators that conspired with the Ayatollahs to derail the Iranian nuclear weapons development negotiations.

    1. CrankyToo May 28, 2015

      “Family values Republican” is an oxymoron…

      1. idamag May 29, 2015

        Might be their family values. They are not the values I learned, nor the values I taught my children.

    2. InformedVoter May 28, 2015

      Funny you should mention “deflect our attention”. Mrs. Clinton has thrived on that strategy for years! And even mentioning the 47 heroic Senators, who have received so much positive acclamation for their act, truly shows how weak your arguments have become. You low information folks who claimed the Senators violated the Logan Act have demonstrated how low information your crowd really is. Have you or anyone else heard anything more of trying to use the Logan act (which does NOT apply to the 47 patriots) recently? Of course not. Even the New York Times has admitted that the Logan Act does not apply. I wish I had a dime for every low information voter, like you, who claimed that those 47 brave Senators violated the Logan Act. I bet I’d almost have as much money that the Clinton’s have scammed from their foundation! Now that the courts have developed some courage and are beginning to acknowledge that Obama has been breaking the law with his executive orders, look for many more setbacks for liberals.

      1. Dominick Vila May 29, 2015

        Declaring Iran a hub of terrorism, and then sending them a letter advising them not to trust the U.S. government, and promising to reject any agreements reached by an incumbent U.S. President, may represent an act of heroism to you, it means high treason to me.
        In addition to aiding and abetting foreign leaders considered terrorists by the 47 Republican senators that became their counselors, they showed the entire world how fragmented our government is. Telling the world that we are not united, and that we should not be trusted, is the last thing an American with half a brain should support.

        1. FireBaron May 29, 2015

          Dominick, what makes you think “Informed” has that much of a brain?

          1. Dominick Vila May 29, 2015

            It all depends who does the informing, and how debilitated the brain is at the time the information is provided. Clearly, the FAUX News addicts are as capable as those who believed the one-way train rides in the Third Reich era were conducting tours of Bavaria.

          2. idamag May 29, 2015

            I see informed as a ideologue. He is one of those who carries a big magnifying glass looking for something against the opposite party. If he finds a mote in a Democrat’s eye, he will turn it into a beam in his comments.

          3. Floridatexan May 29, 2015

            An ideologue? As opposed to a brainless troll?

          4. idamag June 9, 2015

            The rabid ideology produces brainless trolls. When they spend their days debating cows and go into Pickles to order coffee, they dip the flies out of their cups and curse the government that pays them farm subsidies. They also have the nerve to diss people on food stamps.

        2. InformedVoter May 30, 2015

          Your response is an extremely weak response! The Obama foreign policy for the 6+ years has proven to be a disaster! Mrs. Clinton has been rated among the bottom 5 SOS in history. Kerry listed among the bottom 10 SOS in history! These patriotic Senators merely informed the terrorists that further ILLEGAL actions by Obama would not be tolerated. ONLY the Senate can approve treaties – so these great patriots were telling the terrorist (and Obama too) that further illegal actions by Obama (in his continual attempt to harm this great country) would no longer be tolerated! It’s ironic that you would use language about the USA being trustworthy, after Obama has done everything possible to destroy our foreign policy credibility!

          1. Dominick Vila May 31, 2015

            Cooperation with the enemy is considered treason. The fact that those 47 senators hate Obama and are trying to destroy his record does not justify what they did. They deserve to spend the rest of their lives in a maximum security prison, since I doubt President Obama would proposed a firing squad.

          2. InformedVoter May 31, 2015

            Let me see if I understand your position. It’s acceptable and legal for Obama to bypass Congress and issue executive orders because Congress is acting too slowly. So now that the courts are no longer afraid of Obama and are beginning to overturn his illegal executive orders, Obama should be tried for high crimes aka Impeached. Meanwhile, according to low information people like you, it’s treason for Congress to bypass the terrible foreign plans that Congress will vote down anyway. Congress must approve all treaties. There’s nothing illegal about Congress informing foreign governments that any treaty, in order to get approved, must be satisfactory with them. You really surprised me on this Dom. Your prior posts have seemed to show that you were not to be counted among the squad of low information voters that the Democrats count on. Perhaps I read your traits incorrectly.

  5. CrankyToo May 28, 2015

    What’s that you say? A Repugnican (former) member of Congress who’s a lying, cheating, thieving dirtbag? Can that possibly be true?

  6. noonloon May 28, 2015

    So he was paying “blackmail money?”

    1. stcroixcarp May 29, 2015

      Who would have ever suspected a GOPer of that?

  7. photojack53 May 28, 2015

    That’s now three consecutive Republican House Speakers under an ethical cloud and facing indictments. I hope Americans finally wake up to how corrupt and deceptive the GOP has become. All one has to do is look up “List of federal political scandals in the United States” on wikipedia to see how mainly one-sided these are and how high up in the political echelons they reach on the GOP side. Please post this link far and wide, if you want to save America from the UGLINESS that is what the GOP has become! Even under a Democratic administration, the (R)’s outnumber the (D)’s by a WIDE margin. Look up Duncan Hunter, the Abramoff scandal or the DOZENS during “Dubtya’s” HORRID administration. And it goes back to before Watergate and Iran-Contra. We should have had at least 3 Republican presidents IMPEACHED for the highest levels of crimes and misdemeanors against the American people!


  8. FireBaron May 29, 2015

    Denny Hastert spent years as Tom DeLay’s mouthpiece and sock puppet. DeLay knew he would never be accepted by his fellow Republicans as Speaker, after he orchestrated the ouster of Newt Gingrich, so he picked a schlubb in the mold of Warren Harding. Whatever DeLay wanted, Hastert delivered. If DeLay did not want a bill to come to the floor, it didn’t. Where Gingrich paid lip service towards Democratic input on bills, DeLay made Hastert lock them out without even a hint of cooperation.
    So, whatever Hastert is paying hush money for, one must speculate how much of this has DeLay’s hand in things.

  9. Eleanore Whitaker May 29, 2015

    All this proves is that a House Majority in the hands of the GOP is too toxic to be beneficial to the greater good of the US. Keep electing red state politicians to the House and they will do a slam dunk job of making sure all of your hard earned tax dollars end up in red states. Texas is the best example of this. First they threaten to secede if they don’t get their way and get hundreds of billions in tax subsidies and funds. Now, they are suddenly in need of FEMA disaster relief for flooding their own pollution is causing and they are too stupid to admit.

    The red state politicians were hot to bitch when Super Storm Sandy destroyed coastal states in the northeast, begrudging these states FEMA funding when their states annually get FEMA relief every time they get a spasm in their butts.

    1. 1standlastword May 29, 2015

      Oh…remember this one http://www.ibtimes.com/texas-wildfires-2011-was-rick-perry-wrong-cut-firefighters-budget-310488 !!!

      This is classic example of how GOP works for the people…who elect them????

  10. idamag May 29, 2015

    Could we stop sawing on that old Benghazi thing and start saying, “What about Hastert?”

  11. Billie May 29, 2015

    Since he was a coach it makes me wonder if this is another Sandusky.

  12. stcroixcarp May 29, 2015

    Denny Haskert and Tom Delay perfected the liars’ game together in Congress.

  13. Whatmeworry May 29, 2015

    Since when is lying to federal officials and under oath a crime?? It hasn’t been since the 1990’s

    1. Whatmeworry May 29, 2015

      Since when is lying to federal officials and under oath a crime?? It hasn’t been since the Reagan and Bush administrations

    2. Daniel Max Ketter May 30, 2015

      Republicans are good a lying, while most democrats are honest injuns.

    3. Barbara Jungbauer May 30, 2015

      You couldn’t be more wrong, Whatmeworry.

      Lying to federal officials IS a crime. In fact, that’s what Martha Stewart went to jail for. They couldn’t prove she was involved in insider tradiing; however, she lied to investigators. Whether she thought her stock sales might have been illegal or if she was trying to protect others, I’m not guessing as to her motivation. But she lied and that’s what she want to jail for.

      1. idamag June 9, 2015

        While the war criminals got nothing.

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