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
Hastert Headed to Court, Watergate Lawyer in Tow
In this March 5, 2008, file photo, former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert speaks on the Illinois House of Representatives floor at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill.   (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

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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