Former speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, a Republican, has been indicted. The indictment suggests Hastert was paying hush money to for "prior misconduct" to an unnamed person ("Individual A").
"During the 2010 meetings and subsequent discussions, defendant JOHN DENNIS HASTERT agreed to provide Individual A $3.5 million in order to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct against Individual A," reads the indictment.
"Shortly thereafter, defendant began providing Individual A cash payments.
"From approximately 2010 to 2014, defendant JOHN DENNIS HASTERT withdrew a total of approximately $1.7 million in cash from various bank accounts he controlled and provided it to Individual A.
"From approximately June 2010 through April 2012, defendant JOHN DENNIS HASTERT made fifteen $50,000 withdrawals of cash from bank accounts he controlled at Old Second Bank, People’s State Bank and Castle Bank and provided that cash to Individual A approximately every six weeks."
Here's the indictment:
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