United States Republican politician Hastert indicted in financial, sexual scandal

This video from the USA says about itself:

Dennis Hastert Indicted For Covering Up Sexual Assault Of A Minor

29 May 2015

Dennis Hastert used to be the Republican Speaker of the House, who ran on family values. Now federal authorities have discovered that he allegedly is paying a man hush money to cover up the sexual assault of a minor when he was a high school teacher. Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola (Think Tank), Ben Mankiewicz (What The Flick?), and Jimmy Dore hosts of The Young Turks discuss.

J. Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, was paying a man to not say publicly that Mr. Hastert had sexually abused him decades ago, according to two people briefed on the evidence uncovered in an F.B.I. investigation into the payments.

Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced the indictment of Mr. Hastert on allegations that he made cash withdrawals designed to hide those payments and for lying to federal authorities about the purpose of the withdrawals.

The man – who was not identified in court papers — told the F.B.I. that he had been inappropriately touched by Mr. Hastert when Mr. Hastert was a high school teacher and wrestling coach, the two people said on Friday. The people briefed on the investigation spoke on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to be identified discussing a federal investigation.”

Read more here.

From the World Socialist Web Site in the USA:

Former Republican speaker indicted on felony charges

By a reporter

30 May 2015

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, whose eight years in that office were the most by any Republican in history, was indicted Thursday on two federal felony charges related to alleged payments of hush money to a former student.

Hastert immediately resigned his high-paying job as a Washington lobbyist and his position on the board of governors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, while refusing to respond to inquiries from the press.

The indictment was handed down in the federal court for the Northern District of Illinois, which includes the far western suburban area that Hastert represented in Congress for 22 years, following 20 years as a public school teacher and high school wrestling coach.

Hastert was charged with deliberately structuring cash withdrawals from bank accounts “in amounts under $10,000 in separate transactions on at least 106 occasions,” for the purpose of evading federal reporting requirements, and then with lying to FBI agents after the agency began an investigation of the cash transactions, which totaled $3.5 million, in 2013.

According to federal investigators who spoke with the press, Hastert was contacted in 2010 by a person who had known him most of his or her life, claiming the former congressman, now a multi-millionaire Washington lobbyist, was guilty of “past misconduct.”

Neither the indictment nor the initial statement from federal investigators disclosed the name, sex or age of the person receiving Hastert’s payoffs, identified only as “Individual A.” On Friday afternoon, however, unnamed investigators told the media that Individual A was a male student of Hastert’s who had sexual relations with him in high school, more than 30 years ago.

Hastert began making cash payments, initially withdrawing $50,000 at a time from his accounts, but when his bank objected, citing the requirement that cash withdrawals of $10,000 or more be reported, Hastert switched to withdrawals below that figure. Doing so to avoid reporting the cash is itself a felony under federal law.

There has been no suggestion of any link between Hastert’s “past misconduct” and his public political career. Quite the contrary: his rise within the Republican ranks in the House of Representatives was owed largely to his reputation as a colorless and unpretentious individual with a model suburban family and no suggestion of scandal.

Hastert was a House deputy whip, the fourth-ranking figure in the Republican leadership, virtually unknown outside his own district, when he was vaulted into the speakership by the political crisis within the Republican Party provoked by the effort to impeach and remove Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1998.

When the Republicans unexpectedly lost seats in the 1998 congressional elections, because of a public backlash against the impeachment drive, House Speaker Newt Gingrich stepped down as the Republican leader. Congressman Robert Livingston of Louisiana, the initial favorite to succeed him, withdrew his candidacy because of reports he had an extramarital affair, which cut across the attempt to remove Clinton for lying about his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

Majority Whip Tom DeLay, the real power in the Republican caucus, hand-picked Hastert, his own deputy, to fill the top spot and serve, in effect, as a more acceptable front man for DeLay’s hard-line Christian fundamentalist politics. Hastert’s main task was to use a conciliatory personal style to maintain a united front in the Republican caucus, which held only a narrow majority.

Throughout this period of eight years, Hastert was the second-ranking official in the line of succession to the American presidency, after Vice President Al Gore (1998-2001) and Vice President Richard Cheney (2001-2007).

Whatever the truth of the reports about Hastert’s conduct as a high school teacher and coach, his career in Congress was typical of the corruption of American capitalist politics. He entered Congress with a net worth of $270,000 and left 22 years later with a net worth between $4 million and $17 million, most of it in real estate holdings. He then began to make bigger money as a lobbyist at Dickstein Shapiro, where he represented, among others, Peabody Energy, Lorillard Tobacco and the government of Turkey.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Wikileaks Turkish Bribes To Deny Armenian Genocide Part 1

27 March 2008

Former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds is accusing the FBI of covering up improper contacts and financial dealings between certain Turkish nationals and the office of House Speaker Dennis Hastert. We speak with Sibel Edmonds and Vanity Fair journalist David Rose.

And this video is the sequel.

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors announced bank-related charges against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Thursday, accusing the 73-year-old Illinois Republican of withdrawing $952,000 in cash in a way that evaded the requirement that banks report cash transactions over $10,000. He’s also accused of lying to the FBI: here.

FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE INDICTED “Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime high school teacher silent about ‘prior misconduct’ by the Illinois Republican who once was second in line to the U.S. presidency, according to a federal grand jury indictment handed down Thursday.” Read the seven page indictment. Here’s how the Patriot Act that Hastert helped pass led to his downfall. And the biggest question is what “prior misconduct” was Hastert trying to cover up? [Daniel Marans, HuffPost]

Flashback to 2006: Dennis Hastert helped cover up a teen sex abuse scandal: here.

“‘We know that some of them, especially the biological weapons, were being destroyed,’ Hastert said, adding that it would ‘take a little while to find weapons of mass destruction… and we’re going to continue to do it.'”
– Dennis Hastert, House Speaker R-IL about the non-existent Iraqi WMD, pretext for the Iraq war
Press Briefing

CHICAGO — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in jail for bank fraud charges after admitting he had sexually abused students while working at a high school decades ago: here.

LINDSEY GRAHAM LAUNCHING PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN “On Monday, [Graham] returns to his boyhood hometown in Pickens County to announce his most ambitious campaign to date — for the Republican presidential nomination…Any national name recognition he enjoys is likely due to his hawkish foreign policy. Graham already is preparing voters for the likelihood that more U.S. troops will have to be deployed abroad to keep radical Islam and terrorism at bay. In talking to CBS in May about his presidential campaign, he said in his typical blunt and occasionally inflammatory way, ‘I’m running because the world is falling apart.’… In a recent interview about President Obama’s pursuit of a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Graham made clear he would handle things differently. He said Iran doesn’t believe Obama would use military force to prevent the country from building a nuclear weapon.” [Mary Troyan, USA Today]

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