|Hastert shown in 1981 year book photo with Yorkville high school wrestling team|
Now that sources familiar with the federal investigation of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert have confirmed the $3.5 million payment he agreed to make to another man was a male victim of sexual abuse dating back to his days as a high school teacher and wrestling coach at Yorkville High School in Yorkville, Illinois, school officials are being asked about it. Not surprisingly, school officials say records from Hastert's tenure at the school don't indicate any problems. Hastert, who was employed by the school district from 1965 to 1981, left the school shortly after he started his first term as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives. The school's superintendent at the time told The Tribune he remembered Hastert's commitment to his athletes, whom he often took on road trips to wrestling camps or to compete in non-conference events. Some of his former wrestling students told The Tribune they were shocked to hear of the allegations.
Hastert served three terms in the Illinois House, including part of the time I served as a member of the Illinois House Republican Staff. Hastert's office was just down the hallway from mine so I encountered him frequently while the legislature was in session. Hastert, who suffered from diabetes, was considerably overweight. His wife and two young sons occasionally came down to Springfield to visit him. As I mentioned in a previous post, I didn't much care for the guy because of a bad encounter I had where he made false accusations against me in front of several other House members. I thought it was a bit unusual at the time for Hastert to give up his job at the school just because he was a lawmaker. We had quite a few members who juggled their regular teaching jobs with being a state lawmaker. Most lawmakers complained they couldn't live on their legislative salaries alone. Two public jobs in Illinois also meant a much higher pension benefit when you retired. Hastert had a very high opinion of himself and frequently ruffled the feathers of our House Republican Leader. It was not unusual for Hastert to go behind the Republican leadership's back and cut deals with Democrats across the aisle, which infuriated our boss. He was deal-maker who seemed to have little or no philosophical leanings and was a bit too cozy with some lobbyists for my comfort.
The federal indictment against Hastert relied on the $1.7 million in hush payments he made to one of his male student victims as part of a $3.5 million agreement he made with the victim in 2010. Sources familiar with the investigation also say federal investigators talked to another victim as well, but Hastert had not made financial payments to him. During the House page scandal back in 2006 during which Florida U.S. Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) resigned over allegations he had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a male page, investigative reporter Wayne Madsen, a former NSA employee, cited sources in Illinois mentioning that there were persistent rumors in local political gossip that surfaced during his first run for the Illinois House implying that he had engaged in inappropriate relationships with members of the wrestling team he coached at Yorkville. Hastert was later heavily criticized for his handling of the page sex scandal, which Madsen claimed implicated other members of Congress as well.
If Hastert is convicted of the crimes with which he's charged, his public pensions, all three of them, are not likely at risk. According to The Tribune, Hastert collects about $116,000 a year in pensions, including a $73,000 federal pension for 21 years of service as a congressman, a $27,000 pension for his six years of service as a state lawmaker and $16,000 a year he receives for his 16 years of service as a teacher. Because Hastert's alleged federal crimes occurred after he resigned from Congress, his largest pension payment is not at risk. The other two state pensions are likely not at risk as well, although his smallest pension payment from his teaching days is potentially vulnerable.
The Washington Post just now decides to write a story about how wealthy Hastert became while a member of Congress, a story which would have been much more relevant while he was still serving in Congress:
. . . In one controversial transaction conducted through a trust, Hastert reaped millions of dollars by selling farmland near the site of a proposed highway that was to be financed in part with funds that the then-speaker had earmarked.
The rise in Hastert’s personal wealth during his time in Congress was a marked change in lifestyle for the former high school teacher and wrestling coach.
When he arrived in Washington in 1987, Hastert’s biggest asset was a 104-acre farm in southern Illinois that his wife inherited, worth between $50,000 and $100,000, according to his personal financial disclosure. By the time the Illinois Republican left 20 years later, his reported assets had swelled to between $3.1 million and $11.3 million, largely because of his investments in farmland in booming parts of Illinois . . .
It was not until after he was elected speaker in 1999 that Hastert began stepping up his land investments, parlaying some early real estate deals and a small inheritance he had from his father. By the mid-2000s, Hastert and two partners had amassed 138 acres of farmland outside Plano, Ill., several miles from the proposed site of the Prairie Parkway, a highway connector that would have cut through the northern Illinois countryside.
The then-House speaker’s ownership of the property was not a public record, as it was held under a blind land trust called the Little Rock Trust No. 225, which identified only one partner in public filings: Dallas Ingemunson, a local GOP leader and longtime political mentor to Hastert. At the time, Hastert was championing the highway, which opponents said would tear up the farming region and hasten its suburbanization.
“Our sense was this was being crammed down the throats of a rural community backed by commercial interests, and we called him the chief cheerleader of the project,” said Jan Strasma of the Citizens Against the Sprawlway, a local group against the construction of the Prairie Parkway. “He had the power and could put so much money behind the project, it was hard to oppose.”
Hastert eventually earmarked $207 million for the $1 billion parkway project in a federal transportation bill, which then-President George W. Bush signed during a trip to Hastert’s district in August 2005. The Prairie Parkway is crucial for economic development in Kendall and Kane counties,” Bush said during the signing, held at a Caterpillar plant before thousands.
Four months after the bill was signed, Hastert’s trust sold the land to a real estate developer who planned to build 1,700 homes on the parcel. Hastert’s share of the proceeds was worth more than $3 million, Ingemunson later told the Chicago Tribune.
But his role in the deal was not made public until Hastert reported real estate transactions in the area on his annual personal financial disclosure in May 2006, which the Sunlight Foundation used to match against local land records and connect him to the trust.
Hastert dismissed the idea that the land was more valuable because of his earmark. “Nothing to it,” Hastert said at the time.
In the end, the Prairie Parkway never came about. Strasma’s group filed a lawsuit challenging the environmental impact statement, and the federal government rescinded the approval for the project after it failed to get local funding priority. In 2012, the money was diverted to widen an existing two-lane highway in the same area.
Hastert continued to invest in land after the Plano sale, taking as payment from that deal — along with some cash — another parcel in booming Kendall County. He estimated that property’s worth at between $1 million and $5 million when he left office in 2007.I'm also including this interview of investigative reporter Wayne Madsen by InfoWars' Alex Jones. Madsen made shocking allegations of Hastert having inappropriate relationships with his former wrestling team members he coached way back in 2006 during the House page scandal Hastert helped to cover up. His reporting was roundly dismissed by mainstream reporters at the time.
I have nothing more than a hunch about this, but I find it hard to believe that the destination of that much money has not been identified. I also find it hard to believe that an old acquaintance would have the leverage to successfully extort money from someone who has acquired that much status in politics. REalistically, the old acquaintance would be discredited and dismissed as an opportunist, or suffer a mysterious sudden death, instead of receiving a penny. I have all kinds of doubts about this whole story. Who he is paying and for what is still the big question...
The victim apparently remained well-acquainted with Hastert throughout his adult life. I suspect he started seeing how much money others had collected as adults for the victimization they had suffered at the hands of a pedophile decades ago and wanted what he believed he had coming to him. Because he knew Hastert well, he was aware of how much money he was making from lobbying and insider real estate deal--several of which should have caught the attention of federal prosecutors given the role federal funding for highway projects he personally steered to his district benefited some of those real estate deals. Hastert is very close to a Republican Party power broker and attorney up in Kendall County, Dallas Ingemunson. I wouldn't be surprised if Dallas was aware of the transactions. I think he was in on some of the real estate deals with Hastert. Hastert's chief of staff throughout his congressional career was a guy by the name of Scott Palmer, who is more than a bit creepy to people. He and Hastert shared a townhouse together for a long time in Washington. Palmer is the guy the media should be chasing down right now. Was he the victim Hastert was paying off? The two seemed more like a couple than Hastert and his wife to many people familiar with the situation. Palmer might think he's entitled to his community property share.
He passed the very act responsible for his undoing: The Patriot Act that sealed his doom. How fitting. Republican hypocrisy and corruption just doesn't end. So by now we all know the real reason the religious conservatives want gays to remain in the closet. They don't want to be in there alone. Why should we be surprised? The most vehement of these Christian Fundamentalists are the most filthy liars in the cold light of day. They play both sides of the fence like Rep. Mark Foley and a dozen others at least in the last decade caught by the press, while they vote against every pro gay piece of legislation that comes up. Hypocrisy. The Bible is clear that lying is a sin. I tire of these social conservatives ramming their supposed Christian values down our throats while doing whatever sinful things they please on the down low. If they want to vote against things sinful, how about making divorce illegal. Every damn Christian I know has been divorced, and those sinners still hold their heads up at church, even though I know plenty of them just as dirty as they come. Hastert is the worst, just the worst, and its time for the Republican party to divorce itself from its bizarre fictional moral high ground.
Neither Hastert nor Foley fit the "Christian right hypocrite" meme you espouse. Both were disliked and distrusted by more conservative Republicans, particularly those associated with the religious right. If Hastert had not grown up in a heavily Republican County like Kendall County in Illinois, he would have been a Democrat. He only ran as a Republican because that's the only way he could get elected to public office is by pretending to be one. Conservatives were so pissed off at him winning a caucus election to replace former U.S. Rep. John Grotberg, that he only managed to get 52% of the vote in a district where the Republican normally got at least 2/3 of the vote. In fact, illness was the luck that got Hastert elected to public office. He was edged out to run for state representative in 1980 and then the incumbent had a stroke and he replaced him on the ballot. Grotberg, who was battling cancer, fell into a coma and Hastert managed to win a Republican caucus vote to run in the special election by a razor-thin margin.
Let's also not forget the unreported but far more disturbing hypocrisy of Barack Obama. It is no secret that he is a homosexual only pretending to be a straight man. Those who have tried to disclose his homosexual past have been harassed, publicly-humiliated and even murdered. I fully believe that Donald Young, the gay choir director at Obama's church whose own mother claims had an intimate relationship with Obama, was murdered in cold blood in his apartment in December 2007 to silence him. The fact that Chicago Police refused to investigate Young's murder indicates to me they know it was a planned execution ordered from the highest levels. At least with Hastert, there is no indication he has sought to publicly destroy or kill persons who have excused him of sexual impropriety.
Thank you, Gary, for your excellent retort to Anon 8:46 whose left of center liberal Democrat diatribe about the alleged "hypocrisy" and "filthy lying" of "Republicans and Christians" is so yesterday. I can easily and quickly name a gaggle of hypocritical, "filthy liars" who are dedicated career left liberal Democrats- and Barak Obama is definitely at the top of that long list. If Anon 8:46 thinks people who identify as members of the groups he unfairly bullied with his hate remarks are guilty of ramming their ideals down his gullet, let me introduce Anon 8:46 to the Muslim fanatics who adhere to Sharia Law and are working to establish in all of America their anti-modernist and anti-choice restricive evil philosophy. But Heaven and all Her 72 Virgins forbid we tell the truth about an evil cult murderous philosophy like Islam. "Christians" are fair game for haters and Anon 8:46's fetish about "Fundamental Christians" is not only false but it is tiresome.
Shakedown/blackmail scheme is obvious.
Also, banks are required to report cash withdrawals to Treasury,
although governmental agencies so sometimes not report this to
other governmental agencies as fast as they could after a pattern
Sadly they live among us, with feet of Clay.
There is something seriously wrong about a system where politicians and their carpetbagger cronies use elected office to create the wealth that may often be only possible by insider knowledge and political connections.
There is something seriously wrong about the types of residual income Hastert and Democrat and Republican politicos like him fill their pockets when the people who pay those salaries and "retirement plans" are we the insignificant taxpayers who will never see the types of retirement income and insurance bennies greedily enjoyed by the political class.
Mr. Welsh, your dislike for Mr. Hastert is well-founded.
I don't believe for one minute that Barack Obama is gay. Or a murderer. The only thing that sounds crazier is the insane assertion that the Boston marathon bombing was a false flag operation by the U.S. government. Next you'll be claiming we intentionally brought down the world trade center buildings ourselves.
Wayne Madsen's 5-24-10 report:
President Obama and his chief of staff Rahm Emanuel are lifetime members of the same gay bath house in uptown Chicago, according to informed sources in Chicago’s gay community, as well as veteran political sources in the city.
The bath house, Man’s Country, caters to older white men and it has been in business for some 30 years and is known as one of uptown Chicago’s “grand old bathhouses.” WMR was told by sources who are familiar with the bath house that it provides one-year “lifetime” memberships to paying customers and that the club’s computerized files and pre-computer paper files, include membership information for both Obama and Emanuel. The data is as anonymized as possible for confidentiality purposes. However, sources close to “Man’s Country” believe the U.S. Secret Service has purged the computer and filing cabinet files of the membership data on Obama and Emanuel . . .
Obama reportedly has never engaged in reciprocal activity. The sources also confirm the allegations made during the 2008 campaign by Larry Sinclair, a Chicago visitor who revealed that in 1999 he engaged in such oral sex activity and crack cocaine use with then-State senator Obama on two occasions, once in the back of a Chicago limousine operated by Five Star Limousine Service, and the other at a Chicago area motel, the Comfort Suites in Gurnee, Illinois.
After revealing details of the encounter at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Sinclair was arrested by Washington Metropolitan Police on a fugitive warrant issued by Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the son of Obama’s vice presidential running mate, Senator Joe Biden. Sinclair was charged with a misdemeanor count of theft of money orders, however, the state of Delaware declined prosecution. Beau Biden later declined to run for his father’s old Senate seat because of his duties to prosecute a major pedophilia case involving Lewes, Delaware pediatrician Dr. Earl Bradley. There are reports that Biden’s office helped to cover up Bradley’s activities, including failing to authorize search warants for Bradley’s office and computer.
Chicago’s “DLC” — not the Democratic Leadership Council but the “Down Low Club” — a gay matchmaking service
WMR spoke to several well-placed sources in Chicago who reported that Jeremiah Wright, the pastor of Obama’s former church of 20 years, Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC) on Chicago’s south side, ran what was essentially a matchmaking service for gay married black professional members of the church, including lawyers and businessmen, particularly those with children. The matchmaking club was called the “Down Low Club” but references to it over the phone and email simply referred to the group with the code phrase “DLC.” The ruse, according to our sources, was to make anyone who was eavesdropping on the communications believe that the references were to the Democratic Leadership Council, also known as the DLC . . .
The gay DLC’s services were intended to keep ensure TUCC’s gay members avoided posting solicitations on web services like Craig’s List and refrain from cruising gay bars. The strategy was to protect them from getting busted and being “outed.”
Among the members of the gay “DLC” were Obama and TUCC’s choir director, Donald Young, an openly gay man who reportedly had a sexual relationship with Obama. Two other gay members of the church were Larry Bland and Nate Spencer. Young and Bland were brutally murdered, execution style, in late 2007. Bland was murdered on November 17, 2007 and Young on December 24, 2007. The latter was killed by multiple gunshot wounds. Spencer reportedly died on December 26, 2007, official cause of death: “septicemia, pneumonia, and HIV.” . . .
Anon 12:24- There is one thing we DO know about Barak Obama and that is the fact that we know actually nothing truthful about the guy at all. The guy is a completely fictional persona created as a nominal political figurehead. Obama spent enormous sums of money keeping his records legally sealed of how he entered ivy-league liberal universities, we know nothing about his grades while a LECTURER (NOT a Constitutional professor or scholar, BTW) because he spent enormous sums keeping those record legally sealed, we know nothing about the truth of his birth other than the proved forged birth certificate, we know very little about his travels to the Middle East, we know very little about the strength of the mentorship of admitted card-carrying Communist Party Frank Davis and BO's full relationship with Davis, etc. These are all questions the liberal news readers and muckrakers would gladly aggressively probe anyone else labeled "Republican" or "Conservative".
Wayne Madsen's revelations years ago that Hastert has sexual relations with young males, including similar types of sexual scandals including other members of the House and of the US Senate, were mocked and derided and scoffed at by liberals and by the mainstream Democrat Party media machines known as ABC, CBS, and NBC. Today we see that what was reported was truth even when people "didn't believe for one minute" the truth that was being reported. But then again, facts are inconvenient things for disciples of the cult religion known as liberalism.
I think if you suggested to Rahm Emanuel that he was a lifetime member of Man’s Country and that his marriage and children were a sham to hide his true sexuality he would laugh in your face. Ditto for our traditionally married President. I don’t believe even die hard conspiracy theorists would hang their hat on the rantings of a crackhead thief like Larry Sinclair. And the idea that a conservative black Church of Christ ran a matchmaking service for gay married black professional members of the church, particularly those with children, called the down low club. Its just an unbelievable joke. Is this the kind of garbage that supports your assertion that our President and the Mayor of Chicago are notorious homosexuals? Because its ridiculous. If you were a judge you wouldn’t even allow it as evidence. I’m done listening to the whole damn fool thing. I don’t believe you believe it either.
Anon 12:24/4:08- That tin foil hat you so proudly wear is a snug fit.
There is a lady in Hawaii who grew up with Obama,never been to Illinois made the same allegations of Obama as a young man, he trading sexual favors with white old men for money, and drugs, she also stated he always bummed cigarettes from the high school crowd he hung out with. Then she stated he always made up these wild stories, and lied about everything, she stated you couldn't ever believe this guy, then when she saw he was running for President, she said, go figure!
It was also noted Barrack and Michelle had marital troubles during the same time frame.
Rumors here, only rumor,(I hate to post rumors) Barrack and Michelle are not sleeping together at the white house, there only going on vacations together as a media op!
:There is something seriously wrong about a system where politicians and their carpetbagger cronies use elected office to create the wealth that may often be only possible by insider knowledge and political connections.
There is something seriously wrong about the types of residual income Hastert and Democrat and Republican politicos like him fill their pockets when the people who pay those salaries and "retirement plans" are we the insignificant taxpayers who will never see the types of retirement income and insurance bennies greedily enjoyed by the political class."
I couldn't have said it better. Thank you.
this is for annon 6:38 PM GMT-5, please show me a picture of Michelle Obama pregnant!
I've looked and looked, can't find any.
Also look this article about Donald Young presumed lover of Barrack Obama, mother speaks up about the murder of her son, she think Obama had something to do with it.
Mia, a Woman who claims she grew up with Obama as young teenagers describes Obama as a gay, cocaine-smoking, pathological liar who had sex with older white men to get drugs.
Nothing wrong with being gay, a hustler, adding credibility to the Man's Country tie......
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