Thursday, October 15, 2015
Hastert Will Agree To Plead Guilty To Illegal Hush-Money Payments
The man who once held the third highest office in America as Speaker of the House has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges he made $1.7 million in illegal hush-payments to a former wrestling student with whom he allegedly carried on an inappropriate relationship decades ago when he was a high school wrestling coach in Yorkville, Illinois according to the Chicago Tribune. Dennis Hastert, who allegedly agreed to pay the man $3.5 million as part of the scheme to obtain his silence in the matter, will change his not guilty plea to guilty at a hearing a federal judge has scheduled a change of plea hearing for October 28 where his formal written plea agreement will be offered to the court assuming his lawyers and federal prosecutors agree to the terms by then. Hastert was originally charged with one count of currency evasion and one count of lying to federal law enforcement. Some reports indicate that federal prosecutors are insisting that Hastert agree to serve at least one year in prison as part of any plea agreement, although the terms of the plea agreement under discussion have not yet been agreed upon.