Hastert set to plead guilty in hush-money case
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.