Hastert Headed to Court, Watergate Lawyer in Tow

Thomas Green will represent former speaker at arraignment today
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2015 8:47 AM CDT

(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 charges against him and enters a plea, NBC News reports. The arraignment will be Hastert's first public appearance since he was indicted on charges of structuring cash withdrawals and lying to the FBI. The charges unveiled a sex scandal. Hastert will likely be released on a recognizance bond, while the identity of "Individual A," a former student of Hastert at the center of the case, will probably remain a secret. (Read more Dennis Hastert stories.)

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