Dennis Hastert pleaded guilty Wednesday to structuring money transactions in a way to evade requirements to report where the money was going. The money, investigators said, went to pay someone he had wronged $3.5 million in hush money. In addition, Hastert was charged with making false statements to federal investigators. As part of a plea deal, Hastert pleaded guilty only to the count of hiding money transactions. Hastert could serve a prison sentence, or possibly walk away with no prison time. [1]

John Dennis Hastert
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Mr. Hastert
Political Party: Republican
Education: Wheaton College

Northern Illinois University

Occupation Lobbyist
Born January 2, 1942

John Dennis "Denny" Hastert, born January 2, 1942) is an American politician, lobbyist, member of the Republican Party and convicted criminal. Hastert was the 51st Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1999 to 2007. He represented part of Illinois for twenty years, 1987 to 2007. He is the longest-serving Republican Speaker of the House in history.

Dennis Hastert spoke out on the tenth anniversary of 9/11.[2]

Dennis Hastert was indicted on federal charges of structuring bank withdrawals to evade bank reporting requirements and making false statements to federal investigators in May 2015.[3] Federal prosecutors said that the money was to compensate for and conceal deliberately unspecified misconduct by Hastert against an unnamed individual years earlier.[4][5][6][7][8] In October 2015, Hastert entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors. Under the agreement, Hastert pleaded guilty to the "structuring" charge (a felony), and the making false statements charge was dropped.[9]

In June 2015, public accusations — but not legal charges — emerged that Hastert had sexually abused three students (including the aforementioned unnamed individual) when he was a teacher more than three decades earlier.[10] In 2006, Hastert denied one such accusation, though there was no press coverage at the time.[11] The latter accusation was reiterated publicly in 2015 by the sister of the alleged victim (who died in 1995), while the other abuse accusations were leaked.[12]

See alsoEdit


  1. Dennis Hastert pleads guilty, may face prison time
  2. Remembering 9/11: Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.)
  3. {Federal Grand Jury Indictment
  4. [1]
  5. Feds charge former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money, tried to cover it up, Chicago Sun-Times (May 28, 2015).
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  7. Jason Meisner & Steve Schmadeke, Dennis Hastert pleads not guilty to lying to FBI about hush money, Chicago Tribune.
  8. Monica Davey, Dennis Hastert Pleads Not Guilty in Chicago Court, New York Times (June 9, 2015).
  9. Monica Davey & Mitch Smith, Dennis Hastert, Ex-Speaker of House, Pleads Guilty, New York Times (October 28, 2015).
  10. Amy R. Connolly & Doug G. Ware, FBI says three possible sex assault victims in Hastert case, report says, UPI (June 5, 2015).
  11. Alexandra Jaffe, Sister names victim of alleged Dennis Hastert abuse, CNN (June 5, 2015): "ABC News said it didn't run with the reporting because it lacked corroborating evidence."
  12. Josh Gerstein, Hastert's Attorneys Complain About Sex-Related Leaks, Politico (June 18, 2015).

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