Hastert taught at Yorkville High School from 1965 to 1981. There’s no indication of how long ago that was, but it may have been years or even decades, as Individual A “has been a resident of Yorkville, Ill. and has known Hastert most of their life”, per the indictment. (In a statement provided to BuzzFeed, the Yorkville School District said that it “has no knowledge of Mr. Hastert’s alleged misconduct” and offered to cooperate in any investigation.). “Feds do not put in language like that unless it’s relevant”.
Maybe this explains why Hastert, as Speaker, did not make a big show of trying to force out Mark Foley in 2006 when his office first learned that Foley had sent explicit texts to congressional pages. His small-town roots are part of the Hastert charm and seen as a salve for a GOP wounded by ethics charges. He was second in line to the presidency during those years after the vice president.
The former Speaker of the House was indicted on bank-related charges Thursday. He has worked as a lobbyist since then.
On Thursday, he resigned from the Washington lobbying firm Dickstein Shapiro, which he joined in 2008, and resigned as a board member of the exchange operator CME Group Inc.
Each count of the two-count indictment carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
In a story May 28 about a pilot who smelled of alcohol, The Associated Press reported erroneously the structure his small plane hit while taxiing.
A statement from the U.S. attorney’s office announcing the indictment said Hastert will be ordered to appear for arraignment.
Prosecutors’ spokesman Kim Nerheim says an initial court date will be set soon by a federal judge.
From 2010 to 2014, Hastert withdrew a total of approximately $1.7 million in cash from various bank accounts and provided it to this person.
The indictment says Hastert agreed to the payments after multiple meetings in 2010.
The indictment suggests that law enforcement officials relied on the Patriot Act’s expansion of bank reporting requirements to snare Hastert.
Around April 2012, bank officials began questioning Hastert about the withdrawals, and starting in July of that year, Hastert reduced the amounts he withdrew at a time to less than $10,000 – apparently so they wouldn’t run afoul of a regulation designed to stop illicit activity such as money laundering, according to the indictment.
Prior to that, Hastert had served in the Illinois State Legislature from 1980 to 1986 before winning a congressional seat in 1986.