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Ex-Speaker Hastert charged with lying to FBI about hush money withdrawals

Ex-Speaker Hastert charged with lying to FBI about hush money withdrawals

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in apparent hush money to a longtime acquaintance to cover-up wrongdoing in his past, then lied to the FBI when asked about suspicious cash withdrawals from several banks, federal prosecutors alleged Thursday. The stunning indictment of the longtime Republican powerhouse alleged he gave about $1.7 million in cash beginning in 2010 to the acquaintance, identified as Individual A in the charges, to "compensate for and conceal (Hastert's) prior misconduct" against Individual A from years earlier. Individual A was described in the charges as having lived previously in Yorkville, where Hastert worked as a...

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