Just just heard on the electric teevee that former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been indicted.
A statement from the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago says the 73-year-old Illinois Republican is accused of structuring the withdrawal of $952,000 in cash in order to evade the requirement that banks report cash transactions over $10,000. He’s also accused of lying to the FBI.
Let me tell you the last time I saw Dennis Hastert. It was on January 11, 2011, when he was the sole character witness at Tom DeLay’s sentencing hearing in Austin, Texas. Hastert said that DeLay was never motivated by power, but that he just liked to help people. Snickering could be heard throughout the courtroom.
Hastert arrived just as the court was called to order and left immediately after his testimony, obviously and openly trying to avoid DeLay.
I wonder if DeLay will testify for him?
UPDATED: Holy cow! Holy cow! Check this out:
Around 2010, Hastert met with the person several times and discussed past misconduct by Hastert. Eventually, Hastert agreed to pay the person $3.5 million in compensation and to conceal unspecified misconduct, the indictment said.
Hastert is a former wrestling coach. What possible “past misconduct” could we be talking about?
The meeting to arrange the payoff was in 2010, so when Hastert testified for DeLay’s character he was already agreeing to be extorted for $3.5 million. Honey, whatever he did must have been a doozy.
Republicans. I hate them.