Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert Pleads Not Guilty

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon to charges he lied to the FBI about illegal bank withdrawals — money he allegedly used for payoffs to keep sexual misconduct accusations under wraps.
The 73-year-old Illinois Republican was thronged by media as he entered a federal courthouse in Chicago ahead of his scheduled arraignment.
He answered a few questions in a voice that was barely more than a whisper, and his new high-powered attorney, Thomas Green, entered the plea on his behalf. Hastert, who retired from Congress in 2007 and became a lobbyist, is accused of structuring bank transactions to avoid triggering red flags. Court papers say he agreed to pay a person — identified only as Individual A — $3.5 million in hush money to conceal "prior misconduct."



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