Who would have sex with this guy? That’s the real scandal.
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is set to face charges Tuesday afternoon that he lied to the FBI about illegal bank withdrawals — money he allegedly used as payoffs to keep sexual misconduct accusations under wraps.
The 73-year-old Illinois Republican was seen leaving his home in Plano several hours ahead of his scheduled arraignment in Chicago federal court.
He’ll be represented at the hearing by Thomas Green of the white-shoe firm Sidley Austin — a veteran of political scandals including Watergate and the Iran-Contra affair.
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.”
Federal sources have said “Individual A” was a student at Yorkville High School in Illinois, where Hastert was a teacher, wrestling coach and football coach between 1965 and 1981, before he took public office. They say the misconduct was sexual in nature.
The identity of Individual A does not have to be disclosed at the arraignment — and could remain secret for months.
“It does not have to come out,” said Sergio Acosta, a former federal prosecutor who is now a white-collar attorney.
He predicted that prosecutors will ask for a protective order to keep the name out of the public arena as the case moves toward trial.
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