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Jailed Hastert to Accuser: I Want My $1.7M Back

Ex-speaker files countersuit to man's demand for rest of 'hush money'

(Newser) - Dennis Hastert has had seven months behind bars to figure out his next move, and he's just made a big one. The former US speaker of the House is not only asking a judge to spurn a breach-of-contract complaint filed against him by a man who says Hastert sexually... More »

'Serial Child Molester' Hastert Gets 15 Months in Prison

Hastert tells Chicago judge he's 'deeply ashamed' of past actions

(Newser) - A Chicago judge sentenced Dennis Hastert Wednesday in a "hush-money" case, calling the former House speaker a "serial child molester," the AP reports. US District Judge Thomas Durkin said his sentence for Hastert—who received 15 months in prison, as well as two years of supervised release... More »

Hastert Accuser Sues for the Rest of His Hush Money

Former House speaker will be sentenced Wednesday

(Newser) - A new legal problem has surfaced for Dennis Hastert ahead of his Wednesday sentencing on financial charges related to payment of hush money over alleged sexual abuse: He never finished the payments, and the accuser has filed a lawsuit. The plaintiff, who says he was 14 when Hastert molested him... More »

Hastert's Sex-Abuse Accusers Have Quadrupled

But statute of limitations is expired

(Newser) - The allegation that former House Speaker Dennis Hastert sexually abused a teenage boy as an Illinois high school teacher and wrestling coach is apparently just the tip of the iceberg. Three others have also accused Hastert of sexual abuse, including two males identified by the Chicago Tribune , one of whom... More »

Paul Ryan Gets Rid of Predecessor's Portrait

He 'believed it was appropriate' to shift Hastert painting

(Newser) - After a night sleeping in his office , Paul Ryan isn't going to have to look at a portrait of a disgraced predecessor on his way to work in the morning. The Hill reports that one of the first things Ryan did after being elected House speaker was to get... More »

Dennis Hastert to Plead Guilty; Jail Is Unclear

But former House speaker will avoid an embarrassing trial

(Newser) - Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has agreed to plead guilty in a convoluted case that involved allegations he sexually abused a student as a high school wrestling coach, reports the Chicago Tribune . The guilty plea means Hastert will avoid a potentially embarrassing trial, though it remains unclear whether he will... More »

Hastert Pleads Not Guilty

Former House speaker arrives in court

(Newser) - Dennis Hastert has finally made a public statement about the allegations against him : not guilty. The former House speaker made the plea today at a federal courthouse in Chicago, reports the Chicago Tribune . Hastert, who is accused of making illegal cash withdrawals from his bank accounts, has largely been in... More »

Hastert Headed to Court, Watergate Lawyer in Tow

Thomas Green will represent former speaker at arraignment today

(Newser) - Ahead of his arraignment today in Chicago, Dennis Hastert has hired a high-profile lawyer who represented public officials in scandals including Watergate, Whitewater, and Iran-Contra. Thomas Green of Sidley Austin—the same firm that once employed Barack and Michelle Obama—will stand next to Hastert as he formally hears the... More »

Woman Alleges Hastert Abused Her Brother

'Mr. Hastert can't pull this wool over everybody's eyes,' she tells ABC News

(Newser) - In a bombshell interview with ABC News , a woman alleges Dennis Hastert sexually abused her brother. Jolene Reinboldt Burdge reveals details of what reportedly happened so many years ago, as well as her brother's name—and says that she's not the "Individual A" named in Hastert's... More »

Hastert Prosecution Is 'Overzealous'

Bill Press: His apparent crime is taking his own money out of the bank

(Newser) - Bill Press is a Democrat and knows he's supposed to be gloating about the prosecution of Dennis Hastert , but he just can't get there. Instead, this smacks of an "overzealous federal prosecutor," he writes at the Hill . If allegations that Hastert abused a student years ago... More »

College's Hastert Center Has a New Name

Wheaton College steps away from scandal-plagued former speaker

(Newser) - The J. Dennis Hastert Center for Economics, Government, and Public Policy at Wheaton College has taken Hastert out of its name as the scandal surrounding the former House speaker continues to grow . Hastert, who graduated from the Illinois college in 1964, resigned from the conservative institution's board of advisers... More »

Is This 'Weird' C-SPAN Call to Hastert Tied to Scandal?

'Bruce' from Yorkville, Illinois, apparently didn't want to chat

(Newser) - Dennis Hastert appeared on C-SPAN last November, and a caller identified as "Bruce" from Yorkville, Illinois, phoned in. "Hello, Denny," Bruce says. "Hey, how are you doing?" Hastert responds. "Pretty good," Bruce continues. "Remember me from Yorkville?" When the C-SPAN hosts prods Bruce... More »

Hastert Details Emerge: It's a Sex Scandal

He allegedly molested a male student decades ago

(Newser) - Earlier stories hinted at it , but now a slew of reports are asserting that Dennis Hastert got into trouble with the feds because he was trying to cover up a sex scandal involving a former student. Outlets including the Chicago Tribune , the Washington Post , the New York Times , and CNN... More »

The Mystery of What Hastert May Have Done

Indictment's mention of past role as teacher is 'provocative,' says 'WaPo'

(Newser) - Prosecutors say Dennis Hastert made shady bank withdrawals totaling more than $950,000 and paid an unnamed "Individual A" $1.7 million of a promised $3.5 million to "compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct against Individual A." That "prior misconduct" is thus far a... More »

Ex-Speaker Hastert Faces Charges Over 'Hush Money'

FBI says he made illegal bank withdrawals to cover up 'past misconduct'

(Newser) - Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert might be about to learn an old political lesson: It's the coverup that will do you in. Federal prosecutors today charged the 73-year-old Illinois Republican with making shady bank withdrawals and lying to the FBI, and the Chicago Tribune provides this tantalizing detail: The... More »

Congress Spends $1B on Own Expenses

Taxpayers pay for coffee, plane tickets, oh, and drapes

(Newser) - Congress spends a whole lot of taxpayer money keeping itself stocked with paperclips. According to figures assembled by the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation, Congress spent $1,013,162,955 on its own expenses from June 2009 to March 2010. Aol News pored over the findings, and pulled out some choice expenditures.... More »

Taxpayers Send $40K a Month to Ex-speaker, Now Lobbyist

Dennis Hastert gets paid by both sides

(Newser) - Taxpayers are doling out more than $40,000 a month to pay for Dennis Hastert’s office, staff, cell phone, SUV, and satellite TV subscriptions—even though the ex-speaker of the House now works as a lobbyist. It’s a troubling situation, ethics experts tell Politico , because though the law... More »

Reynolds Joins Parade of Departing Republicans

'The last few years have not been fun for him'

(Newser) - New York Rep. Tom Reynolds became the 22nd House Republican to announce his retirement yesterday. Reynolds, a Dennis Hastert protégé once seen as a potential Speaker, was tainted by an embezzlement scandal on his watch as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. “The last few years have... More »

Dem Physicist Nails House Seat in Ill. GOP Stronghold

Foster wins Hastert's spot in special election

(Newser) - Little-known Democratic physicist Bill Foster beat Illinois Republican Jim Oberweis yesterday in a special election to fill Dennis Hastert's vacated seat in Congress. The Democrat's victory in the GOP suburban stronghold west of Chicago may herald more trouble for Republicans during fall elections, writes the Chicago Tribune. "Voters are... More »

$16K on Flowers Accents Pelosi's Spending Spree

New speaker's $3M outlay doubles her GOP predecessor's

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi spent 63% more in her first nine months as House speaker than Dennis Hastert did over the same period last year—including $16,000 on flowers, the Hill reports. Republicans said the $3 million figure gave the lie to Democrats’ promises of fiscal responsibility; Pelosi aides say the... More »

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