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Dennis Hastert pleads not guilty amid claims of hush money, lying to FBI

Dennis Hastert pleads not guilty amid claims of hush money, lying to FBI

Shortly after pleading not guilty Tuesday to charges related to sensational allegations of hush money payments and lying to federal agents, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert stood in a packed federal courtroom in downtown Chicago looking extremely uncomfortable. As the judge left the bench and Hastert's high-powered attorneys conferred with prosecutors, Hastert, once one of Illinois' most prominent politicians, remained by himself near the lectern, his shoulders hunched, arms hanging limp at his sides. After a moment, he turned toward the gallery where dozens of reporters and spectators were filing out and pursed his lips. Minutes later, a wild scene unfolded as...

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