Former U.S. Speaker Of The House Indicted

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    Andy Brown
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    Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert was indicted on Thursday on federal charges, including for lying to the FBI, relating to an alleged effort to hide $3.5 million in payments to a person to conceal past misconduct.

    The Illinois Republican, who left office in 2007, was charged with structuring the withdrawal of $952,000 in cash in order to evade the requirement that banks report cash transactions over $10,000, and lying to the FBI about his withdrawals, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago said.

    Each count of the two-count indictment carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

    #11072
    Amus
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    Past misconduct.
    Former wrestling coach.

    Just wild speculation.

    #11073
    Deane Johnson
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    Hang the bastard.

    #11075
    edselehr
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    If that’s your answer to Republican malfeasance Deane, then we’ll have a Democratic congressional majority pretty quickly.

    #11076
    Deane Johnson
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    I will admit that the Clintons are far more skilled at hiding their shenanigans than some of the Republicans are.

    #11077
    Langston
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    He should follow Perry’s lead and now run for the presidential nomination.

    #11079
    skeptical
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    I wonder what’s stopping Tom DeLay? He ought to be a great addition to the GOP clown bus.

    #11090
    Vitalogy
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    #11091
    paulwalker
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    What? Corruption from a politician from Illinois? Come on…

    Seriously, 4 out of the last 7 Illinois governors were were convicted and imprisoned.

    #11093
    Vitalogy
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    This is more than corruption. The corruption occured to hide past sex crimes. Watch as the onion continiues to get peeled away on this one. Ouch.

    #11094
    Amus
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    I take no particular pride in it.

    It’s sad for everyone.

    But even the victim in this case opted to go the blackmail route instead of going to the authorities.

    Why would anyone with skeletons in the closet go into politics anyhow!

    #11095
    paulwalker
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    You guys apparently have it right, as the mainstream media is picking up the story today. Yes, it is worse than corruption, however, the corruption part of is still there in one form, that he tried to hide it. But the worst part of this is, of course, child abuse, (although do we know the blackmailer was below the age of 18?…an important legal definition.)

    I, too, find someone who blackmails a public figure to be less than ideal. However, the “student” is still the victim here.

    My bigger point was that Illinois has a long history of crooked politicians. This adds on, but certainly in a different definition.

    #11097
    missing_kskd
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    Seriously.

    I feel the same way about it.

    #11106
    Deane Johnson
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    I thought about posting yesterday that the ingredients in this could only add up to something sexual, either with a male, or an underage girl.

    #11109
    paulwalker
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    Whether it is a boy or girl shouldn’t matter, but it does to some. However, his sexual orientation is not the real issue here. Unfortunately, many will make it that, but it isn’t, except for perhaps his wife and family. But that is none of our G.D. business!

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