Former House Speaker Hastert pleads not guilty to hush-money charges

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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (Photo: Getty Images)

(CNN) — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has pleaded not guilty to all charges related to lying to the FBI about $3.5 million he agreed to pay to an undisclosed subject to “cover up past misconduct.”

Hastert was arraigned in court in Chicago on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the AP Hastert answered “yes, sir” when a judge asked if he understood he could be jailed if he violates the conditions of release.

U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin set a $4,500 unsecured bond, which Hastert would have to forfeit if he misses his next court appearance. He also must cooperate in collection of DNA if authorized by the court and advise officials before changing his name or phone number.

The former congressman surrendered his passport, pulling it out of his coat pocket.

A May 28 indictment says he agreed to pay $3.5 million to keep someone from revealing a secret about past misconduct.


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  • Paul&Kathy

    The vengeful democrats are paying Hastert back for dropping the Dem party and going with the Repub party. For that they want to destroy him even though he has done nothing other democrats have been doing for decades.

  • d_2

    If convicted… no surprise. Another closet homosexual as a member of the ‘Family Value’s party. A complete narcissist at work here.