Former 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 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:
Court officials aggressively protected Hastert from reporter questions as he left. See Hastert slightly obscured. pic.twitter.com/gvXxSeI4jq
— Mark Halperin (@MarkHalperin) June 9, 2015
— Wendy Widom (@wendywidom) June 9, 2015
[image via Angela Farley/Shutterstock]
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