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Guilty plea from former House Speaker Hastert

Posted by wlpo on October 28, 2015

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert says he knew he was doing wrong by trying to conceal his large cash withdrawals.

In a brief written statement, Hastert says he didn’t want the FBI to know how he “was intending to spend the money.” The 73-year-old Republican pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to the FBI.

An indictment issued in May says Hastert agreed to pay someone referred to only as “Individual A” $3.5 million to hide past misconduct. The Associated Press and other media have cited anonymous sources in reporting the payments were to conceal claims of sexual misconduct while he was a teacher and coach in Yorkville.

A plea deal recommends he serve up to six months in prison. Sentencing is set for Feb. 29.

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