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Dennis Hastert Appears in Court, Pleads Not Guilty

hastertFormer House Speaker Dennis Hastert appeared in court today and pled not guilty to charges of bank fraud while making multiple large withdrawals, and lying to the feds about it.

Hastert was charged a few weeks ago, and according to The New York Times, this was Hastert’s first public appearance since being charged.

Hastert reportedly withdrew $1.7 million to pay off someone to conceal prior misconduct, and while it hasn’t been specified in the federal charges against him, there have been reports it was sexual in nature and occurred while Hastert was a high school gym teacher.

A woman spoke out on ABC News a few days ago alleging that her late brother was one of Hastert’s victims.

The press, of course, was out in full force outside the courthouse:

[image via Angela Farley/Shutterstock]

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