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Hastert set to plead guilty in hush-money case

1 year 2 months 3 weeks ago October 28, 2015 Oct 28, 2015 Wednesday, October 28 2015 October 28, 2015 6:46 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHICAGO- Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is scheduled to plead guilty Wednesday in his hush-money case as part of an agreement with prosecutors.
    
The hearing in Chicago federal court will be the 73-year-old Republican's first court appearance since entering his initial not guilty plea in June.
    
An indictment accused him of agreeing to pay $3.5 million to someone referred to only as "Individual A" to hide past misconduct by Hastert against that person. The payments were meant to conceal claims of sexual misconduct.
    
A guilty plea would seal the downfall of a man who rose from obscurity in rural Illinois to the nation's third-highest political office. Political analyst Dick Simpson says Hastert's lucrative lobbying career would also be ruined.

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