JOHN DENNIS HASTERT (/ˈhæstərt/ ; born January 2, 1942) is a
former American congressman who served as the 51st Speaker of the
United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives from 1999 to 2007, representing
Illinois\'s 14th congressional district from 1987 to 2007. He is the
longest-serving Republican Speaker of the House in history, and is the
highest-ranking politician in U.S. history to have gone to prison.
Hastert grew up in rural Illinois. He graduated from Wheaton College
in Wheaton, Illinois, with a degree in economics in 1964 and obtained
an education degree from Northern
Illinois University three years
later. From 1965 to 1981, Hastert was a high school teacher and coach.
He lost a 1980 bid for the
Illinois House of Representatives , but
tried again and won a seat in 1981. He was first elected to the United
States House of Representatives in 1986, and re-elected every
subsequent election until he retired in 2007. Hastert rose through the
Republican ranks in the House, becoming chief deputy whip and
eventually Speaker in 1999. As Speaker of the House, Hastert supported
George W. Bush administration
George W. Bush administration 's foreign and domestic policies.
After Democrats took control of the House in 2007 following the 2006
election , Hastert chose not to seek the position of minority leader,
resigned his House seat, and became a lobbyist at the firm of
Dickstein Shapiro .
In May 2015, Hastert was indicted on federal charges of structuring
bank withdrawals to evade bank reporting requirements and making false
statements to federal investigators. Federal prosecutors said that
the money was to compensate for and conceal deliberately unspecified
misconduct by Hastert against an unnamed individual years earlier.
Soon afterward, public accusations emerged that Hastert had sexually
abused three male students (including the aforementioned unnamed
individual) when he was a teacher more than three decades earlier.
In October 2015, Hastert entered into a plea agreement with
prosecutors. Under the agreement, Hastert pleaded guilty to the
"structuring" charge (a felony ), and the charge of making false
statements was dropped. In court submissions on sentencing
considerations filed in April 2016, federal prosecutors made
allegations of sexual misconduct against Hastert, saying that he had
molested at least four boys as young as 14 while he worked as a high
school wrestling coach decades earlier. At the sentencing hearing
later that month, Hastert admitted that he had sexually abused boys
whom he coached. The judge in the case referred to Hastert as a
"serial child molester" and imposed a sentence of fifteen months in
prison, two years' supervised release , and a $250,000 fine. He
entered the Federal Medical Center prison in
Rochester, Minnesota in
2016 and was released the following year, after 13 months in prison.
* 1 Early life
* 2 Teaching career
Illinois House of Representatives
* 4 U.S. House of Representatives
* 4.1 Committee assignments and House positions
* 5 Speaker of the House
* 5.1 Election
* 5.2 Tenure and controversies
* 5.2.1 106th Congress
* 5.2.2 107th Congress
* 5.2.3 108th Congress
* 5.2.4 109th Congress
* 5.2.5 Ethics
* 6 Departure from Congress
* 7 Post-congressional career
* 7.1 Lobbyist and consultant
* 7.2 Publicly funded post-speakership office
* 7.2.1 Civil lawsuit against Hastert alleging personal use of
publicly funded office
* 7.3 Other activities
Child sexual abuse
Child sexual abuse and hush-money scheme
* 8.1 Sexual abuse allegations emerge
* 8.1.1 Reactions
* 8.2 Investigation and prosecution
* 8.2.1 Federal investigation into hush-money scheme
* 8.2.2 Indictment
Arraignment and pretrial proceedings
* 8.2.5 Admission of sexual abuse and sentencing proceedings
* 8.2.6 Reactions to Hastert case
* 8.3 Civil lawsuits against Hastert
* 8.3.1 "Individual A" / "James Brown" lawsuit
* 8.3.2 "Richard Doe" lawsuit and related police report
* 8.4 Imprisonment and life post-sentencing
* 8.4.1 Prison
* 8.4.2 Effect on pensions
* 9 Electoral history
* 9.1 U.S. House of Representatives: Illinois\'s 14th district
* 10 Honors
* 11 Health issues
* 12 Family and personal life
* 13 See also
* 14 References
* 15 Bibliography
* 16 External links
Hastert was born on January 2, 1942, in Aurora,
Illinois , the eldest
of three sons of Naomi (née Nussle) and Jack Hastert. Hastert is of
Luxembourgeois and Norwegian descent on his father's side, and of
German descent on his mother's.
Hastert grew up in a rural
Illinois farming community. His
middle-class family owned a farm supply business and a family farm;
Hastert bagged and hauled feed and performed farm chores. As a young
man, Hastert also worked shifts in the family's Plainfield restaurant,
The Clock Tower, where he was a fry cook. Hastert became a
born-again Christian as a teenager, during his sophomore year of high
school. Hastert attended Oswego High School , where he was a star
wrestler and football player.
Hastert briefly attended
North Central College , but later
transferred to Wheaton College , a Christian liberal arts college .
Jim Parnalee, Hastert's roommate at North Central who transferred with
him to Wheaton, was a
Marine Corps Reserve member who in 1965 became
the school's first student to be killed in Vietnam . Hastert continued
to visit Parnalee's family each year in Michigan. Because of a
wrestling injury, Hastert never served in the military. In 1964,
Hastert graduated from Wheaton with a B.A. in economics. In 1967,
he received his M.S. in philosophy of education from Northern Illinois
University (NIU). In his first year of graduate school, Hastert
spent three months in Japan as part of the People to People Student
Ambassador Program . One of Hastert's fellow group members was Tony
Podesta (then the president of the Young Democrats at University of
Illinois at Chicago Circle ).
Hastert was employed by Yorkville Community Unit School District 115
for sixteen years, from 1965 to 1981. Hastert began working there, at
age 23, while still attending NIU. Throughout that time, Hastert
worked as a teacher at
Yorkville High School (teaching government,
history, economics, and sociology), where he also served as a football
and wrestling coach. Hastert led the school's wrestling team to the
1976 state title and was later named
Illinois Coach of the Year.
According to federal prosecutors, during the time that he coached
wrestling, Hastert sexually abused at least four of his students.
Hastert was a Boy Scout volunteer with Explorer Post 540 of Yorkville
for 17 years, during his time as a schoolteacher and coach. Hastert
reportedly traveled with the Explorers on trips to the
Grand Canyon ,
Minnesota , and the Green River in Utah.
In 1973 Hastert married a fellow teacher at the high school, Jean
Kahl, with whom he had two sons.
ILLINOIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Hastert considered applying to become an assistant principal at the
school, but then decided to enter politics, although at the time "he
knew nothing about politics." Hastert approached Phyllis Oldenburg, a
Republican operative in Kendall County , seeking advice on running for
a seat in the
Illinois Legislature .
Hastert lost a 1980 Republican primary for the
Illinois House of
Representatives , but showed a talent for campaigning, and after the
election, volunteered for an influential state senator , John E.
Grotberg . In the summer of 1981, however, State Representative Al
Schoeberiein had become terminally ill, and Republican party bosses
selected Hastert as the successor over two major rivals, West Chicago
lawyer Tom Johnson and Mayor Richard Verbic of Elgin . The first
round of balloting resulted in a tie, but Hastert was chosen after
Grotberg interceded on Hastert's behalf.
Hastert served three terms in the state House. He served on the
Appropriations Committee. According to a 1999 Chicago Tribune
profile, in the state House "Hastert quickly staked out a place on the
far right of the political spectrum, once earning a place on the
Moral Majority Honor Roll.' Yet, he also displayed yeoman-like work
habits and an ability to put aside partisanship." He gained a
reputation as a dealmaker and party leader known for "asking his
colleagues to write their spending requests on a notepad so he could
carry them into negotiating sessions" and holding early-morning
pre-meetings to organize talking points. One of his first moves in
the House was to help block passage of the
Equal Rights Amendment ;
the state House Speaker
George Ryan appointed Hastert to a committee
that worked to prevent the ERA from coming to the House floor. In the
state House, Hastert opposed bills barring discrimination against gays
; supported (unsuccessfully) proposals to raise the driving age to 18;
and voted for a mandatory seat belt law, although he later voted to
In 1986, at the urging of Governor
James R. Thompson , Hastert
developed a plan to deregulate
Illinois utility companies. Under the
plan developed by Hastert and Republican staffers, property and
gross-receipts taxes that utilities paid would be eliminated and
replaced with a "state service tax" that service-industry businesses
(ranging from insurers to funeral homes) would pay. Critics of the
plan said that it was too favorable to utility companies, and the
proposal was not adopted.
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Meanwhile, Hastert's political mentor Grotberg had been elected to
Congress as the representative from Illinois\'s 14th district , but
fell ill with cancer in 1986, and was unable to run for a second term.
Hastert was nominated to replace him; in the general election in
November 1986, he defeated Democratic candidate Mary Lou Kearns, the
Kane County coroner , in a relatively close race.
David Axelrod was
Kearns' strategist in the race; years later, Axelrod attributed
Hastert's victory in the race in part to "a sleazy, 11th-hour mailer
sullying the morality of his opponent."
Hastert was then reelected in his Fox Valley -centered district
several times, by wider margins, aided by his role in redistricting
following the 1990 Census .
House banking scandal , which broke in 1992, it was
revealed that Hastert had bounced 44 checks during the period under
investigation. A Justice Department special counsel said there was
no reason to believe Hastert had committed any crime in overdrawing
As a protégé of
House Minority Leader
Robert H. Michel , Hastert
rose through the Republican ranks in the House, and in 1995 (after the
Republicans gained control of the House and
Newt Gingrich became
Speaker), Hastert became chief deputy whip . Michel appointed Hastert
to the Republicans' health care task force, where Hastert became a
"prominent voice" in helping defeat the Clinton health care plan of
Hastert developed a close relationship with
Tom DeLay , the House
majority whip, and was widely seen as DeLay's deputy. Hastert and
DeLay first worked together in 1989, on
Edward Madigan 's unsuccessful
race against Gingrich for minority whip. Hastert later managed DeLay's
successful campaign to become whip. In September 1998, the two added
an extra $250,000 to the Defense Department appropriations bill for
"pharmacokinetics research" which paid for an Army experiment with
nicotine chewing gum manufactured by the Amurol Confections Company in
Yorkville, in Hastert's district. On the House floor, Democratic
Peter DeFazio criticized the insertion of the
provision; Hastert defended it. Hastert played "good cop " to DeLay's
On the eve of his elevation to Speaker, Hastert was described as
"deeply conservative at heart" and a "hide-bound, rock-ribbed Illinois
conservative" by the
Associated Press . The AP reported: "He is an
evangelical Christian who opposes abortion and advocates lower taxes,
a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution and the death penalty.
And he spearheaded the GOP's highly partisan fight against using
sampling techniques to take the next census. Such groups as the
National Right to Life Committee
National Right to Life Committee , the Christian Coalition , the
Chamber of Commerce and the
National Rifle Association
National Rifle Association all gave his
voting record perfect scores of 100. The American Conservative Union
gave him an 88. Meanwhile, the liberal Americans for Democratic Action
American Civil Liberties Union
American Civil Liberties Union and labor organizations such as
AFL-CIO and the
Teamsters each gave Hastert zero points. The
League of Conservation Voters rated him a 13."
Hastert criticized the Clinton administration's plans to conduct the
2000 Census using sampling techniques. Hastert was a supporter of the
North American Free Trade Agreement
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and in 1993 voted to
approve the trade pact. He was a gun rights supporter who voted
Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act and Federal Assault
Weapons Ban .
Hastert was the "House Republicans' leader on anti-narcotics efforts"
and was a strong supporter of the
War on Drugs
War on Drugs . In this role, he
led a "crusade against federal money for needle-exchange programs and
criticized the Clinton administration for what he believed was
insufficient funding for drug interdiction efforts.
In redistricting following the 2000 Census, Hastert brokered a deal
with Democratic Representative
William Lipinski , also from Illinois,
that "protected the reelection prospects of almost every Illinois
incumbent." The deal easily passed the divided
COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS AND HOUSE POSITIONS
Hastert served on the following House committees and in the following
House positions. (This list does not include subcommittee assignments
or positions within the Republican Conference).
* 100th Congress (1987–1989) - Government Operations ; Public
Works and Transportation
* 101st Congress (1989–1991) - Government Operations; Public Works
and Transportation; Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families
* 102nd Congress (1991–1993) - Energy and Commerce ; Government
* 103rd Congress (1993–1995) - Energy and Commerce; Government
* 104th Congress (1995–1997) - Chief Deputy Majority Whip;
Commerce; Government Reform and Oversight
* 105th Congress (1997–1999) - Chief Deputy Majority Whip;
Commerce; Government Reform and Oversight
* 106th Congress (1999–2001) - The Speaker; Joint Committee on
* 107th Congress (2001–2003) - The Speaker
* 108th Congress (2003–2005) - The Speaker; Intelligence (ex
* 109th Congress (2005–2007) - The Speaker; Intelligence (ex
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE
Hastert presiding over the House of Representatives during the
109th Congress .
In the aftermath of the 1998 midterm elections , where the GOP lost
five House seats and failed to make a net gain of seats in the Senate,
Newt Gingrich of Georgia stood down for the speakership
and declined to take his seat for an 11th term. In mid-December,
Robert L. Livingston of
Louisiana —the former
chairman of the
House Appropriations Committee and the
Speaker-designate—stated in a dramatic surprise announcement on the
House floor that he would not become Speaker, following widely
publicized revelations of his extramarital affairs.
Although he reportedly had no warning of Livingston's decision to
step aside, Hastert "began lobbying on the House floor within moments"
of Livingston's announcement, and by the afternoon of that day had
secured the public backing of the House Republican leadership,
including Gingrich, DeLay (who was "viewed as too partisan to step
into the role of Speaker") and
Dick Armey (who was "viewed as too
weak" and was damaged by party infighting). On that day, Hastert was
endorsed by about a hundred Republican representatives, ranging from
conservatives such as
Steve Largent to moderates such as
Mike Castle ,
for the speakership. Representative
Christopher Cox of California,
viewed as a potential rival, decided by evening not to challenge
Hastert for the speakership. Hastert became known as "the Accidental
TENURE AND CONTROVERSIES
In accepting the position, Hastert broke the tradition that the new
speaker delivers his first address from the speaker's chair, instead
delivering his seventeen-minute acceptance speech from the floor.
Hastert adopted a conciliatory tone and pledged to work for
bipartisanship, saying that: "Solutions to problems cannot be found in
a pool of bitterness."
Nevertheless, in November 2004, Hastert instituted what became known
Hastert Rule (or "majority of the majority " rule), which was
an informal, self-imposed political practice of allowing the House to
vote on only those bills that were supported by the majority of its
Republican members. The practice received criticism as an unduly
partisan measure both at the time it was adopted and in the subsequent
years. The same year, the Hastert aide who coined the phrase also
stated that the stricture was not workable. In any case, a number of
bills subsequently passed the House without the support of a majority
of the majority party in the House, as shown by a list compiled by The
New York Times. In 2013, after leaving office, Hastert disowned the
policy, saying that "there is no Hastert Rule" and that the "rule" was
more of a principle that the majority party should follow its own
Norm Ornstein writes that Hastert "blew up" the
House's "regular order," which is "a mix of rules and norms that
allows debate, deliberation, and amendments in committees and on the
House floor, that incorporates and does not shut out the minority
(even if it still loses most of the time), that takes bills that pass
both houses to a conference committee to reconcile differences, that
allows time for members and staff to read, digest, and analyze bills."
Ornstein commented that "no speaker did more to relegate the regular
order to the sidelines than Hastert. ... The House is a very partisan
institution, with rules structured to give even tiny majorities
enormous leverage. But Hastert took those realities to a new and more
tribalized, partisan plane." Despite this shift, Hastert was widely
seen as "affable" and low-key; he did not seek the limelight, "become
a regular on Sunday talk shows or anything close to a household word
or figure," or "openly exhibit the kind of snarling or mean partisan
demeanor that made
Tom DeLay such a mark of hatred for Democrats."
Although by tradition, Hastert was the leader of the House
Republicans, he adopted a much lower profile in the media than
conventional wisdom would suggest for a Speaker. This led to
accusations that he was only a figurehead for DeLay. In 2005, DeLay
was indicted by a Texas grand jury on charges of campaign-finance
violations. DeLay stepped down as majority leader and was replaced in
that post by
Roy Blunt ; DeLay resigned from Congress the following
Throughout his term, Hastert was a strong supporter of the George W.
Bush administration 's foreign and domestic policies. Hastert was
described as a Bush loyalist who worked closely with the White House
to shepherd the president's agenda through Congress, The two
frequently praised each other, expressed mutual respect, and had a
close working relationship, even during the controversy over
Mark Foley , Republican of Florida. Hastert even
Dick Cheney office space inside the House in the United
States Capitol . In 2003, Hastert and Bush met privately at the White
House about twice a month to discuss congressional developments.
Earmarks —line-item projects inserted into appropriations bills at
the request of individual members, and often referred to as
"pork-barrel " spending—"exploded under leadership," growing from
$12 billion in 1999 (at the beginning of Hastert's term) to an
all-time high of $29 billion in 2006 (Hastert's last year as speaker).
Hastert himself made earmarks a personal trademark; from 1999 to May
2005, Hastert obtained $24 million in federal earmarked grant funds to
groups and institutions in Aurora,
Illinois , Hastert's birthplace and
his district's largest city.
In March 1999, soon after Hastert's elevation to the speakership, the
Washington Post, in a front-page story, reported that Hastert "has
begun offering industry lobbyists the kind of deal they like: private
audiences where, for a price, they can voice their views on what kind
of agenda the 106th Congress should pursue." Hastert's style and
extensive fundraising led
Common Cause to critique the "pay-to-play
system" in Congress.
Hastert was known as a frequent critic of Bill Clinton, and
immediately upon assuming the speakership, he "played a lead role" in
the impeachment of the president . Nevertheless, Hastert and the
Clinton administration did work together on several initiatives,
including the New Markets Tax Credit program and
Plan Colombia .
In 2000, Hastert announced he would support an Armenian Genocide
resolution. Analysts noted that at the time there was a tight
congressional race in California, in which the large Armenian
community might be important in favor of the Republican incumbent. The
resolution, vehemently opposed by Turkey, had passed the Human Rights
Subcommittee of the House and the International Relations Committee
but Hastert, although first supporting it, withdrew the resolution on
the eve of the full House vote. He explained this by saying that he
had received a letter from
Bill Clinton asking him to withdraw it,
because it would harm U.S. interests. Even though there is no
evidence that a payment was made, an official at the Turkish Consulate
is said to have claimed in one recording, that was translated by Sibel
Edmonds , that the price for Hastert to withdraw the Armenian Genocide
resolution would have been at least $500,000.
Hastert (top right) during President
George W. Bush
George W. Bush 's 2003
State of the Union address
State of the Union address .
"Hastert and the senior Republican leadership in the House were able
to maintain party discipline to a great degree," which allowed them to
regularly enact legislation, despite a narrow majority (less than
twelve seats) in the 106th and 107th Congresses. Hastert was a strong
supporter of the
Iraq War Resolution and the ensuing 2003 invasion of
Iraq and the
Iraq War . Hastert stated in the House in October 2002
that he believed there was "a direct connection between Iraq and
al-Qaeda " and that the U.S. should "do all that we can to disarm
Saddam Hussein's regime before they provide al-Qaeda with weapons of
mass destruction ." In a February 2003 interview with the Chicago
Tribune, Hastert "launched into a lengthy and passionate denunciation"
of France's resistance to the Iraq war and stated that he wanted to go
"nose-to-nose" with the country. In 2006, Hastert visited Iraq at
Bush's request and supported a supplemental
Iraq War spending bill .
As Speaker, Hastert shepherded the
USA Patriot Act
USA Patriot Act in October 2001 to
passage in the House on a 357-66 vote. In a 2011 interview, Hastert
claimed credit for its passage over the misgivings of many members.
Fourteen years later, federal prosecutors used the Patriot Act's
expansion of currency transaction reporting requirements to indict
Hastert on federal charges.
As speaker, Hastert also oversaw the passage of the No Child Left
Behind Act of 2001, a major education bill; the
Bush tax cuts in 2001
and 2003 legislation ; and the
Homeland Security Act of 2002 , which
reorganized the government and created the Department of Homeland
Security . Although Hastert was successful in implementing Bush
policy priorities, during his tenure the House also "regularly passed
conservative bills only to have them blocked in the more moderate
Senate." One such bill was an energy bill, backed by the Bush
administration, which would have authorized drilling in the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge ; this provision was killed in the Senate.
Hastert opposed the
Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (McCain-Feingold),
the landmark campaign finance reform law. In 2001, during the debate
on the bill, Hastert criticized Republican Senator
John McCain of
Arizona , saying that McCain had "bullied" House Republicans by
sending them letters in support of his campaign-finance reform
proposals. Hastert called the legislation "the worst thing that ever
happened to Congress" and expressed the view that there were
"constitutional flaws" in the legislation. Supporters of
campaign-finance reform circumvented Hastert by means of a discharge
petition , a seldom-used procedural mechanism in which a measure may
be brought to a floor vote (over the objections of the speaker) if an
absolute majority of Representatives sign a petition in support of
doing so. The discharge petition was not successfully used again
In 2004, Hastert again feuded with McCain amid conflict between the
House and the Senate over the 2005 budget. After "McCain gave a
speech excoriating both political parties for refusing to sacrifice
their tax cutting and spending agendas in wartime," Hastert publicly
questioned McCain's "credentials as a Republican and suggested that
the decorated Vietnam War veteran did not understand the meaning of
Hastert was key to the passage in November 2003 of key Medicare
legislation which created
Medicare Part D , a prescription-drug
benefit. Hastert's push to pass the legislation—culminating in a
three-hour House vote in which the Speaker, "an imposing former
wrestling coach, was literally leaning on recalcitrant lawmakers to
win their support"—raised the Speaker's profile and contributed to a
shift of his image from amiable and low-key to more forceful. The
extension of the vote for hours and the arm-twisting of members
brought condemnation of Hastert from Democrats, with House Minority
Steny H. Hoyer saying: "They are corrupting the practices of the
House." The bill passed on a narrow vote of 220 to 215.
In 2004, Hoyer called upon Hastert to initiate a House Ethics
Committee investigation into statements by Representative Nick Smith ,
a Republican of
Michigan , who stated that groups and lawmakers had
offered support for his son's campaign for Congress in exchange for
Smith's support of the Medicare bill. In October 2004, the House
Ethics Committee admonished DeLay for pressuring Smith on the Medicare
prescription-drug bill, but stated that DeLay did not break the law or
House ethics rules. Hastert issued a statement supporting DeLay, but
the admonishment was viewed as harming DeLay's chances of succeeded
Hastert as Speaker.
On October 27, 2005, Hastert became the first Speaker to author a
blog. On "Speaker's Journal" on his official House website, Hastert
wrote in his first post: "This is Denny Hastert and welcome to my
blog. This is new to me. I can’t say I’m much of a techie. I guess
you could say my office is teaching the old guy new tricks. But I'm
excited. This is the future. And it is a new way for us to get our
On June 1, 2006, Hastert became the longest-serving Republican
Speaker of the House in history, surpassing the record previously held
by fellow Illinoisan
Joseph Gurney Cannon
Joseph Gurney Cannon , who held the post from
November 1903 to March 1911.
In 2005, following the
Hurricane Katrina disaster, Hastert told an
Illinois newspaper that "It looks like a lot of that place could be
bulldozed" and stated that spending billions of dollars to rebuild the
devastated city "doesn't make sense to me." The remarks enraged
Kathleen Blanco of
Louisiana , who stated that Hastert's
comments were "absolutely unthinkable for a leader in his position"
and demanded an immediate apology. Former President
Bill Clinton ,
responding to the remarks, stated that had they been in the same place
when the remarks were made, "I'm afraid I would have assaulted him."
After the remarks caused a furor, Hastert issued a statement saying he
was not "advocating that the city be abandoned or relocated" and later
issued another statement saying that "Our prayers and sympathies
continue to be with the victims of Hurricane Katrina." Hastert was
also criticized for being absent from the Capitol during the approval
of a $10.5 billion Katrina relief plan; Hastert was in Indiana
attending a colleague's fundraiser and an antique car auction. Hastert
later said that he donated the proceeds from one of the antique cars
he sold at the auction to hurricane-relief efforts.
United States House Committee on Ethics recommended a series
of reprimands against Majority Leader
Tom DeLay , Hastert fired
Joel Hefley , (R-CO), as well as committee members
Kenny Hulshof , (R-MO) and
Steve LaTourette , (R-OH). After DeLay’s
associates were indicted, Hastert enacted a new rule allowing DeLay to
keep the majority leadership even if himself indicted.
A September 2005 article in Vanity Fair revealed that during her
work, former FBI translator
Sibel Edmonds had heard Turkish wiretap
targets boast of covert relations with Hastert. The article states,
"the targets reportedly discussed giving Hastert tens of thousands of
dollars in surreptitious payments in exchange for political favors and
information." A spokesman for Hastert later denied the claims,
relating them to the
Jennifer Aniston -
Brad Pitt breakup. Following
his congressional career, Hastert received a $35,000 per month
contract lobbying on behalf of Turkey.
In a December 2006, the House Ethics Committee determined that
Hastert and other congressional leaders were "willfully ignorant" in
responding to early warnings of the
Mark Foley congressional page
scandal , but did not violate any House rules. In a committee
Kirk Fordham , who was Foley's chief of staff until 2005,
said that he had alerted
Scott B. Palmer , Hastert's chief of staff,
to Foley's inappropriate advances toward congressional pages in 2002
or 2003, asking congressional leadership to intervene. Then-House
John Boehner and National Republican Congressional
Thomas M. Reynolds
Thomas M. Reynolds stated that they told Hastert about
Foley's conduct in spring 2005. A Hastert spokesman stated that "what
Kirk Fordham said did not happen." Hastert also stated that he could
not recall conversations with Boehner and Reynolds, and that he did
not learn of Foley's conduct until late September 2006, when the
affair became public.
In 2006, Hastert became embroiled in controversy over his championing
of a $207 million earmark (inserted in the 2005 omnibus highway bill )
Prairie Parkway , a proposed expressway running through his
Sunlight Foundation accused Hastert of failing to
disclose that the construction of the highway would benefit a land
investment that Hastert and his wife made in nearby land in 2004 and
2005. Hastert took an unusually active role advancing the bill, even
though it was opposed by a majority of area residents and by the
Illinois Department of Transportation . When the speaker became
frustrated by negotiations with
White House staff, Hastert began
working on the bill directly with President Bush. After passage the
President even traveled to Hastert’s district for the law’s
signing ceremony .
Four months later Hastert sold the land for a 500% profit.
Hastert’s net worth went from $300,000 to at least $6.2 million.
Hastert received five-eighths of the proceeds of the sale of the land,
turning a $1.8 million profit in under two years. Hastert's
ownership interest in the tract was not a public record because the
land was held by a blind land trust , Little Rock Trust No. 225.
There were three partners in the trust: Hastert, Thomas Klatt, and
Dallas Ingemunson. However, public documents only named Ingemunson,
who was the Kendall County Republican Party chairman and Hastert's
personal attorney and longtime friend. Hastert denied any
wrongdoing. In October 2006,
Norman Ornstein and Scott Lilly wrote
Prairie Parkway affair was "worse than FoleyGate" and called
for Hastert's resignation.
In 2012, after Hastert had departed from Congress, the highway
project was killed after federal regulators retracted the 2008
approval of an environmental impact statement for the project and
agreed to an
Illinois Department of Transportation request to redirect
the funds for other projects. Environmentalists, who opposed the
project, celebrated its cancellation.
In 2006, Hastert (along with then-minority leader Nancy Pelosi)
criticized a FBI search of Representative
William J. Jefferson 's
Capitol Hill office in connection with a corruption investigation.
Hastert issued a lengthy statement saying that the raid violated the
separation of powers , and later complained directly to President
George W. Bush
George W. Bush about the matter.
DEPARTURE FROM CONGRESS
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Before the 2006 election , Hastert expressed his intent to seek
reelection as Speaker if the Republicans maintained control of the
House. Hastert was reelected for an eleventh term to his seat in the
House with nearly 60 percent of the vote, but that year the
Republicans lost control of both the Senate and the House to the
Democrats following a wave of voter discontent with the Iraq War, the
Federal response to Hurricane Katrina, and a series of scandals among
congressional Republicans. The day after the November election,
Hastert announced he would not seek to become minority leader when the
110th Congress convened in January 2007. Later that month, John
Mike Pence of Indiana in a 168-27 vote of the
House Republican Conference election to become minority leader for the
110th Congress. The House Democratic Caucus unanimously selected
House Minority Leader
Nancy Pelosi to be Speaker (succeeding Hastert)
for the 110th Congress.
In October 2007, following months of rumors that Hastert would not
serve out his term, the
Capitol Hill newspaper
Roll Call reported that
Hastert had decided to resign from the House before the end of the
year, triggering a special election .
On November 15, 2007, Hastert delivered a farewell speech on the
House floor, emphasizing the need for civility in politics; Hastert's
speech was followed by remarks from Pelosi praising Hastert's service.
Finally, on November 26, 2007, Hastert submitted his resignation,
effective at 10:59 p.m. Central Time that day, to Governor Rod
Blagojevich of Illinois.
Financial disclosure documents indicate that Hastert made a fortune
from land deals during his time in Congress. Hastert entered Congress
in 1987 with a net worth of no more than $270,000. At the time, his
most valuable asset was an 104-acre farm in southern
his wife had inherited), worth between $50,000 and $100,000. When
Hastert left Congress twenty years later, he reported a significantly
increased net worth, variously reported as between $4 million and $17
million and between $3.1 million and $11.3 million. Much of this
increase in net worth was the result of various real-estate
investments during Hastert's time in Congress (including the
controversial land deal several miles from the proposed Prairie
Parkway site). At the time Hastert left Congress, much of his net
worth remained tied up in real-estate holdings.
Chris Lauzen , Geneva mayor Kevin Burns, and dairy
Jim Oberweis all entered the campaign for the Republican
nomination to succeed Hastert. In December 2007, Hastert endorsed
Oberweis in the primary, and Burns withdrew from the race. In the
February 2008 primary election, Oberweis was elected as the Republican
Fermilab scientist Bill Foster was elected as the
Democratic nominee. In the special election in March 2008 to fill the
rest of Hastert's unexpired term, Foster defeated Oberweis. In a
rematch in the November 2008 elections for a full two-year term,
Foster again defeated Oberweis.
LOBBYIST AND CONSULTANT
In May 2008, six months after resigning from Congress, the
Washington, D.C.-based law firm and lobbying firm Dickstein Shapiro
announced that Hastert was joining the firm as a senior adviser.
Hastert waited until the legally required "cooling-off period" had
passed in order to actually become a registered lobbyist. Over the
next several years, Hastert earned millions of dollars lobbying his
former congressional colleagues on a range of issues, mostly involving
congressional appropriations .
Foreign Agents Registration Act filings, Hastert
represented foreign governments, including the government of
Luxembourg and government of Turkey . During parts of 2009, Hastert
also lobbied on behalf of Oak Brook,
Illinois -based real estate
CenterPoint Properties , lobbying for the placement of a
major Army Reserve transportation facility. Hastert also represented
Lorillard Tobacco Co. , which paid
Dickstein Shapiro almost $8 million
from 2011 to 2014 to lobby on behalf of candy-flavored tobacco and
electronic cigarettes ; Hastert "was the most prominent member of the
lobbying team" on these efforts. In 2013 and 2014, Hastert lobbied on
climate change issues on behalf of
Peabody Energy , the world's
largest private-sector coal company ; in 2015, Hastert "switched
sides" and lobbied for
Fuels America , the ethanol industry group. In
the second half of 2011, Hastert monitored legislation on GPS on
LightSquared , which paid
Dickstein Shapiro $200,000 for
Hastert also lobbied on behalf of FirstLine Transportation Security,
Inc. (which sought congressional review of Transportation Security
Administration procurement); Naperville, Illinois-based lighting
technology company PolyBrite International; the American College of
Rheumatology (on annual labor and health spending bill); the San
Diego, California -based for-profit education company Bridgepoint
REX American Resources Corp. ;
The ServiceMaster Co. ;
and the Secure ID Coalition.
In 2014, Hastert's firm
Dickstein Shapiro and the lobbying firm of
former House majority leader-turned lobbyist
Dick Gephardt split a
$1.4 million annual lobbying contract with the government of Turkey.
In April 2013, Hastert and Gephardt traveled with eight members of
Congress to Turkey, with all expenses paid by the Turkish government.
While members of Congress are generally prohibited from
corporate-funded travel abroad with lobbyists (a rule enacted after
the Abramoff scandal ), the law permits lobbyists to plan and attend
trips overseas if paid for by foreign countries. Hastert defended the
trip, saying that he had "meticulously" followed the rules and that
the involvement of himself and Gephardt "allowed those members of
Congress who were there to have a fuller experience." A National
Journal investigation highlighted the trip as an example of loopholes
creating a situation in which "lobbyists who can't legally buy a
lawmaker a sandwich can still escort members on trips all around the
In March 2015, Hastert along with his associate (accompanied by
several lobbyist associates, including former Representative William
D. Delahunt of Massachusetts) took advantage of his privilege as a
former lawmaker to be present in the Senate Reception Room near the
Senate chamber, "lingering" and "bantering with senators and other
passersby" during a vote on whether to retain the fuel standard
mandating the blending of ethanol and other alternative fuels with
gasoline, as advocated by Hastert's client
Fuels America (the ethanol
industry trade group). Hastert and Delahunt were criticized by
watchdog groups who "questioned whether Hastert was violating" these
rules, but "allies of Hastert and Delahunt said they made a point of
not lobbying lawmakers in the Senate Reception Room, but that they and
members of their team used the lobby area as a temporary base, where
they could greet lawmakers while they were holding meetings in private
The day the 2015 indictment was unsealed, Hastert resigned his
lobbyist position at Dickstein Shapiro, and his biography was removed
from the firm's website.
In addition to his lobbyist job, Hastert established his own
consultancy, Hastert salaries for three staffers (secretary Lisa Post
and administrative assistants Bryan Harbin and Tom Jarman, each paid
an annual salary of more than $100,000 over 2½ years); lease payments
on a 2008
GMC Yukon sport utility vehicle ; a satellite TV
subscription; office equipment; and legal fees. Jarman later left
the office, and Harbin's salary was cut substantially. Hastert's
government-funded office closed in late 2012, at the end of the
maximum five years for which public funds were provided. The total
amount of public funds spent on Hastert's post-speakership office was
nearly $1.9 million (not including federal benefits such as health
care to which the employees were entitled), of which the majority
(about $1.45 million) went toward staff salaries.
The federally funded benefits were legally required to be completely
separate from Hastert's simultaneous lobbying activities for Dickstein
Shapiro. The arrangement was criticized as "really concerning" by
Steve Ellis, vice president of
Taxpayers for Common Sense , because
the exact nature of the two roles was not transparent. A Hastert
spokesman stated that the two offices were completely separate. In
2012, however, a
Chicago Tribune investigation found that "a secretary
in the ex-speaker's government office used email to coordinate some of
his private business meetings and travel, and conducted research on
one proposed venture" and that "a suburban Chicago businessman who was
involved in the business ventures with Hastert said he met with
Hastert at least three times in the government office to discuss the
projects." Hastert denied that he had engaged in any improper
Civil Lawsuit Against Hastert Alleging Personal Use Of Publicly Funded
In 2013, Hastert's former business partner J. David John filed a
lawsuit in the federal district court for the Northern District of
Illinois , alleging that Hastert misappropriated federal funds for his
post-speakership office in Yorkville for personal use, including
private lobbying and business projects. This suit was filed under
the qui tam provision of the
False Claims Act (FCA), an anti-fraud
statute that allows a private party to pursue a case on behalf of the
federal government. In the suit, John asserts that he told the FBI
in 2011 that "he had knowledge that Hastert was using federally funded
offices, staff, office supplies and vehicles for personal business
ventures." John, a businessman from the Chicago suburb of Burr Ridge,
Illinois , also said that he traveled with Hastert and collaborated
with him on "a planned Grand Prix racetrack in Southern California and
sports events to be organized in the Middle East" as well as other
projects. Hastert denies any wrongdoing. The allegations about the
use of the former speakers' officer first drew the attention of
federal investigators in 2013, leading to the federal indictment in
Hastert was initially represented in the civil case by his son,
attorney Ethan Hastert, and then by Christian Poland, a Bryan Cave
partner in Chicago. U.S. District Judge
Charles Kocoras twice
dismissed the suit, but allowed John's attorneys to redraft the
complaint . In July 2015, Kocoras reinstated the suit, finding that
John's second amended complaint was sufficient to allow the suit to go
forward and proceed to discovery . John claimed in court filings to
have had at least three conversations with an FBI agent about
Hastert's use of the post-speakership office. In September 2015,
Hastert's attorneys issued subpoenas for records of conversations
between John and FBI agents. John's attorneys moved to quash the
subpoenas, arguing that they were overly broad and sought information
"unrelated to the present case or Hastert." In October 2015, Judge
Kocoras said that he would review the records in camera (privately)
before deciding what information should be turned over, saying: "This
case has more than its share of sensitivity and unusual aspects."
In April 2017, Judge Kocoras dismissed the suit, determining that
John did not tell that FBI "anything about Hastert and any possible
misuse of a federally funded office, car, and related other items"
and therefore did not qualify as a "whistleblower" under the FCA.
John's attorney said that an appeal was possible.
After retiring from Congress, Hastert made occasional public
appearances on political programs. He also made some endorsements of
political candidates; in the 2012 Republican presidential primaries ,
Mitt Romney instead of his predecessor as Speaker, Newt
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND HUSH-MONEY SCHEME
SEXUAL ABUSE ALLEGATIONS EMERGE
On May 29, 2015, after Hastert had been indicted for illicitly
"structuring" financial transactions (see below), two people briefed
on the evidence from the case stated that "Individual A"—the man to
whom Hastert was making payments—had been sexually abused by Hastert
during Hastert's time as a teacher and coach at Yorkville High School
, and that Hastert had paid $1.7 million out of the total $3.5 million
in promised payment. On the same day, the
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times reported
that investigators had spoken with a second former student (not the
person who was receiving payments from Hastert), who made similar
allegations that corroborated what the first student said. He
admitted to sexual abuse during sentencing on unrelated crimes.
On June 5, 2015,
ABC News '
Good Morning America
Good Morning America aired an interview
with Jolene Reinboldt Burdge, the sister of Steve Reinboldt, who was
the student equipment manager of the wrestling team at Yorkville High
School when Hastert was the wrestling coach.
Hastert also ran an Explorers group of which Steve Reinboldt was a
member, and led the group on a diving trip to the Bahamas. In the
interview, Burdge stated that in 1979 (eight years after Steve's high
school graduation in 1971), her brother had told her that he had been
sexually abused by Hastert throughout his four years of high school.
Burdge said that she was "stunned" by this news and that her brother
said that he had never told anyone before, because he did not think he
would be believed. A message from Hastert appears in Steve's 1970
high school yearbook . In the interview, Burdge said that she
believes the abuse stopped when her brother moved away after
graduation. Jolene said that Hastert "damaged Steve I think more than
any of us will ever know."
Reinboldt died of an
AIDS -related illness in 1995. Hastert attended
his viewing , which angered Burdge; she said:
I was just there just trying to bite my tongue thinking that blood
was coming out because I was just ... So after he had gone through the
line I followed him out into the parking lot of the funeral home. I
said, 'I want to know why you did what you did to my brother.' And he
just stood there and stared at me. He didn't say, 'What are you
talking about?’ you know, , 'What? I don't know what you're talking
about.’ He just stood there and stared at me.
Then I just continued to say, 'I want you to know your secret didn't
die in there with my brother. And I want you to remember that I’m
out here and that I know.’ And again, he just stood there and he did
not say a word.
Hastert then got in his car and left. Burdge said Hastert's lack of a
response ‘said everything.’
Following Reinboldt's death, around the time that the Mark Foley
scandal broke in 2006, Burdge unsuccessfully attempted to bring the
charges against Hastert to light; she contacted
ABC News and the
Associated Press on an off-the-record basis, and also contacted some
ABC News and the AP could not corroborate Jolene's
allegation at the time, and Hastert denied the accusation to ABC News
at the time, so the claim was not published.
ABC News reported that "for years, Jolene watched helplessly as
Hastert basked in fame and power, seated to the left of the president
for years in the early 2000s for the nationally-televised State of the
Union address ." Several days before the indictment was unsealed,
Burdge was interviewed by FBI agents who asked her about her brother
and informed her Hastert was about to be indicted on federal charges.
Neither Reinboldt nor Burdge are "Individual A" named in the
indictment, but Burdge believes that "Individual A" is familiar with
what happened with her brother. The statements by Burdge "marked the
first time that a person has been publicly identified as a possible
victim of Mr. Hastert."
The emergence of the sexual abuse allegations against Hastert brought
renewed attention to the 2006
Mark Foley scandal, and the criticism of
Hastert that he failed to take appropriate action in that case.
In the wake of the sexual abuse allegations, journalists noted that
Hastert was a supporter of measures which sought to enhance
punishments for child sexual abuse, such as the Adam Walsh Child
Protection and Safety Act and the Child Abuse Prevention and
Enforcement Act of 2000 . In 2003, Hastert publicly called for
legislation to "put repeat child molesters into jail for the rest of
Hastert resigned his lobbyist position at the law and lobbying firm
Dickstein Shapiro the day the indictment was unsealed. His
biography was quickly removed from the firm's website and the firm
purged all mentions of him from its previously posted press releases.
Hastert's resignation left the firm "reeling," according to a report
in Politico. Following the Hastert indictment, Dickstein Shapiro's
biggest domestic client, Fuels America, terminated its lobbying
contract with the firm.
On May 29, 2015, Yorkville Community Unit School District 115
released a statement reading: "The District was first made aware of
any concerns regarding Mr. Hastert when the federal indictment was
released on May 28, 2015. Yorkville Community Unit School District
#115 has no knowledge of Mr. Hastert's alleged misconduct, nor has any
individual contacted the District to report any such misconduct. If
requested to do so, the District plans to cooperate fully with the
U.S. Attorney's investigation into this matter." James Harnett, who
was superintendent of the school district for five of the years that
Hastert taught there, told the
Chicago Tribune that he was not aware
of any complaints of misconduct brought against Hastert at the time.
On May 29, 2015, Senator
Mark Kirk , Republican of Illinois, who
served in the House throughout Hastert's tenure as speaker, released a
statement reading: "Anyone who knows Denny is shocked and confused by
the recent news. The former speaker should be afforded, like any other
American, his day in court to address these very serious accusations.
This is a very troubling development that we must learn more about,
but I am thinking of his family during this difficult time." On June
4, 2015, Kirk announced that he would donate to charity a $10,000
contribution made to Kirk's 2010 Senate campaign by Hastert's Keep our
Mission PAC . Kirk's announcement was made following the Democratic
Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC)'s call upon the senator to
"return or donate Denny Hastert's money immediately." The DSCC also
called upon Republican Senators
John Boozman of
Arkansas and Roy Blunt
Missouri (who received $11,000 and $5,000, respectively, from
Hastert's PAC in recent years) to return or donate the funds.
On May 30, 2015, Illinois's other senator,
Dick Durbin , a Democrat,
stated: "It seems so out of character for Denny. I just never could
imagine that he'd be involved in anything like this ... We had our
political differences, as you might expect, but I respected him as a
colleague in the
Illinois delegation and as Speaker."
On May 29, 2015,
White House Press Secretary
Josh Earnest stated in
response to a reporter's question that "there is nobody here" at the
White House "who derives any pleasure from reading about the former
Speaker's legal troubles at this point." On the same day, House
Speaker John Boehner, Republican of
Ohio , issued a statement saying:
"The Denny I served with worked hard on behalf of his constituents and
the country. I'm shocked and saddened to learn of these reports."
On June 2, 2015, current
Federal Housing Finance Agency
Federal Housing Finance Agency director and
former U.S. Representative
Mel Watt , Democrat of
North Carolina ,
released a statement saying: "Over 15 years ago I heard an unseemly
rumor from someone who, contrary to what has been reported, was not an
intermediary or advocate for the alleged victim's family. It would not
be the first nor last time that I, as a Member of Congress, would hear
rumors or innuendoes about colleagues. I had no direct knowledge of
any abuse by former Speaker Hastert and, therefore, took no action."
The Hastert scandal was named by
MSNBC as "top political sex scandals
of 2015," by the
Associated Press as one of "top 10
of 2015," and by
ABC News as one of the "biggest moments on Capitol
Hill in 2015." Hastert's sentencing was also named by the Associated
Press as one of "top 10
Illinois stories of 2016."
INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION
Federal Investigation Into Hush-money Scheme
According to a 2017 interview with the two special agents leading the
investigations — one from the FBI and the other from the IRS
Criminal Investigation Division — "Hastert had been on the FBI’s
radar as early as November 2012 — even before the FBI and IRS began
investigating the suspicious cash withdrawals that were Hastert's
downfall." The inquiry was first prompted by allegations that Hastert
had used his taxpayer-funded Office of the Former Speaker to further
his private business ventures, something that Hastert was never
charged with. In 2013, the FBI and IRS began to investigating
Hastert's cash withdrawals, and in early 2015 they had learned about
the "hush money" agreement between "Individual A" and Hastert. In a
December 8, 2014 interview, Hastert lied to the federal agents about
the purpose of the withdrawals, leading to his federal prosecution.
On May 28, 2015, a seven-page indictment of Hastert by a federal
grand jury was unsealed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern
Illinois in Chicago.
The indictment charged Hastert with unlawfully structuring the
withdrawal of $952,000 in cash in order to evade the requirement that
banks report cash transactions over US$10,000 (Title 31, United States
Code , Section 5324(a)(3)), and making false statements to the FBI
about the purpose of his withdrawals (
Title 18, United States Code ,
Section 1001(a)(2)). The indictment alleges that Hastert agreed to
make payments of $3.5 million to an unnamed subject (identified in the
indictment only as an "Individual A" from Yorkville, Illinois, who was
known to Hastert for "most of Individual A's life"). The indictment
states that the payments were to "compensate for and conceal prior
misconduct." Yorkville is the town where Hastert was a high school
teacher for 16 years. Federal authorities began investigating his
withdrawals in 2013. In late 2014, after being questioned about the
withdrawals, Hastert said that he did not trust banks; shortly
afterward, Hastert changed his story, saying that he "was the victim
of extortion by Individual A for false molestation accusations."
The indictment itself did not specify the exact nature of the "past
misconduct" referred to. The U.S. Attorney\'s Office limited details
in the indictment of Hastert, in part because of a request from
In June 2015,
The New York Times
The New York Times reported that Hastert had approached
a business associate, J. David John, in 2010, to look for a financial
adviser to come up with an annuity plan that would "generate a
substantial cash payout each year." This request was the same year
that prosecutors say he agreed to start paying hush money to the
person he allegedly committed misconduct against. John told the New
York Times that "I did not think much about it at the time, but
looking back at it, it does seem strange. He just said he needed to
generate some cash."
On May 29, Hastert was released on his own recognizance on a
preliminary bail of $4,500 set by a magistrate judge .
Arraignment And Pretrial Proceedings
The case was assigned to U.S. District Judge
Thomas M. Durkin .
Hastert was scheduled to be arraigned on June 4, 2015. The
arraignment was then postponed to June 9. In between the unsealing of
the indictment and the arraignment, Hastert made no public appearances
and did not release any public statement. However, on May 29, 2015,
CBS Chicago reported that Hastert had privately told close friends
that "I am a victim, too" and that he was sorry they had to go through
The criminal defense attorney Barry William Levine, a partner at
Hastert's former firm of Dickstein Shapiro, appeared as Hastert's
lawyer on a notice of arraignment filed with the U.S. district court.
However, Levine did not enter an appearance on Hastert's behalf.
Hastert subsequently hired attorney Thomas C. Green to provide his
legal defense. Green entered an appearance with the court on June 8,
the day before the arraignment. Green is a white-collar criminal
defense lawyer and senior counsel at the Washington, D.C. office of
the law firm
Sidley Austin . Green has represented clients in
several national controversies, including several government officials
Whitewater scandal ,
Richard V. Secord in the Iran-Contra
scandal , and
Robert Mardian in the
Watergate scandal .
The prosecutors assigned to the case were originally Assistant United
States Attorneys Steven Block and Carrie Hamilton. Hamilton left the
U.S. Attorney's Office in July 2015 after being appointed as a judge
Circuit Court of Cook County ; Diane MacArthur replaced
Hamilton on the Hastert prosecution team.
The arraignment was held on June 9, 2015. The arraignment generated a
degree of media interest at the
Illinois federal courthouse not seen
since the proceedings against
Rod Blagojevich and
George Ryan on corruption charges. The
Chicago Tribune reported:
"Hastert's entrance and exit from the courthouse touched off a wild
scene as federal Homeland Security agents escorted Hastert and his
attorneys to and from a waiting vehicle amid a crush of television
news crews and photographers."
On that day, before the hearing, prosecutors filed a bail report and
supplementary document under seal . (Such reports are often filed
under seal because they include financial information about a
defendant and sometimes unreleased details relating to the
investigation). Before the arraignment, Hastert arrived at The Loop
offices of Sidley Austin, his attorney's law firm, and at the
courthouse met with the pretrial services office.
At the twenty-minute arraignment hearing at the Dirksen federal
courthouse before Durkin, Hastert entered a plea of not guilty.
Durkin set a $4,500 unsecured bond as well as various other conditions
of pretrial release, and Hastert surrendered his passport .
Much of the arraignment was spent on Durkin's disclosure of his
connections with Hastert. Durkin contributed $500 in 2002 and $1000 in
2004 to the Hastert for Congress campaign; the contributions were made
while Durkin was a partner at the law firm
Mayer Brown , before he was
appointed to the federal bench in 2012, and Hastert's son Ethan is a
partner at Mayer Brown. At the arraignment, Durkin stated he had
never met Hastert and that "I have no doubt I can be impartial in this
matter," but also said that "I am not naive enough to think that a
reasonable person would not question my impartiality" and gave the
parties time to decide whether to object and thus trigger the
reassignment of the case to a different judge. On June 11, federal
prosecutors and Hastert's lawyers filed notices waiving any objection
to Durkin presiding over the case.
In separate court filings on June 11,
ABC News ' chief investigative
correspondent Brian Ross and
NBC Nightly News
NBC Nightly News reporter Gabe Gutierrez
were cited for violating Dirksen U.S. Courthouse general orders during
the arraignment for attempting to interview Hastert in an unauthorized
area in the lobby. (Court rules allow interviews only in a roped-off
"media bullpen" area). In court filings posted on June 30, Chief
U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo dismissed the contempt filings
after accepting apologies offered by their attorneys on their behalf.
On June 12, federal prosecutors, with the agreement of Hastert's
attorneys, filed a motion for a protective order , seeking to bar the
public disclosure of the identity of "Individual A" and other
sensitive information. The motion states that "the discovery to be
provided by the government in this case includes sensitive
information, the unrestricted dissemination of which could adversely
affect law enforcement interests and the privacy interests of third
parties." The proposed order would direct the parties to file under
seal any such sensitive information.
On June 15, Hastert canceled a scheduled appearance at an Illinois
Broadcasters Association event.
On June 16, Judge Durkin granted the motion for a protective order,
but did not yet sign an order.
At a status hearing on June 18 (which Hastert did not attend),
Hastert's attorney Green stated that "Something has to be done to stop
these leaks. They're unconscionable, and they have to stop."
Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Block told Durkin that prosecutors were
also troubled by the leaks and that the government is "doing
everything we can" to stop them. At the same status conference,
Durkin told the attorneys that he plans to modify the protective order
to make it less restrictive. Rather than having all material that
might be considered sensitive filed under seal, Durkin said that he
might grant a motion directing lawyers to file a motion requesting
that the material be filed under seal first. If Durkin granted such a
motion, the attorneys would file both a complete copy under seal and a
redacted copy that would be publicly available.
At a status hearing on July 14 (which Hastert again did not attend),
the parties updated the court on preparations for trial. At the
hearing, Green again condemned leaks, stating in court: "The
indictment has effectively been amended by leaks from the government.
It is now an 800-pound gorilla in this case. It has been injected in
this case I think impermissibly. (The question is) whether I wrestle
with that gorilla or I don't wrestle with that gorilla." Green also
said that the defense would file a motion to dismiss the indictment,
possibly under seal. Judge Durkin "cautioned that even if he allows
part or all of the motion to be hidden from the public, his ruling
would be public and likely would disclose sealed portions of the
motion." At the same hearing, the prosecution said that they expected
a trial to last about two weeks.
Hastert shut down his "Keep Our Mission" leadership PAC at the end of
June 2015 and transferred $10,000 (the vast majority of the PAC's
remaining funds) to a new legal defense fund , the J. Dennis Hastert
Defense Trust. A
Federal Elections Commission report lists the
defense fund's address as a
Sunapee, New Hampshire property owned by
Republican donor and ex-
White House staffer James Rooney.
On September 11, 2015, Judge Durkin granted a joint motion by the
government and by Hastert to extend the deadline for filing pretrial
motions for two weeks, "giving the two sides more time for discussions
they have been engaged in." On September 22, the parties filed
another joint motion requesting another two-week extension (from
September 28 to October 13); the motion said that the parties were
discussing issues that Hastert "may raise in pretrial motions" but
provided no details. At a hearing on September 28, Hastert's
attorneys and the government confirmed that they were discussing a
possible plea agreement . Judge Durkin said that if no plea agreement
was reached, he wanted the case to go to trial in March or April 2016.
Pretrial motions were due on October 13, but none were filed,
indicating that Hastert and the government "were nearing a plea deal."
On October 15, 2015, it was announced at a court hearing that Hastert
and federal prosecutors had reached a plea agreement. On October 28,
2015, under the plea agreement, Hastert appeared in court (the only
time Hastert appeared personally in court after the arraignment) and
pleaded guilty to the felony "structuring" charge, and the charge of
"making false statements" (lying to the FBI) was dismissed.
Hastert said in court : "I didn't want them to know how I intended
to spend the money. I withdrew the money in less than $10,000
increments." Possible sentences within a preliminary Federal
Sentencing Guidelines calculation ranged from probation to six months
The plea agreement allowed Hastert "to avoid a potentially long and
embarrassing trial" and was thought to enable him to "keep secret
information that he has hidden for years."
Admission Of Sexual Abuse And Sentencing Proceedings
Soon after pleading guilty, Hastert suffered a stroke, and was
hospitalized from November 2015 to January 15, 2016. Hastert remained
free on bail pending sentencing.
Sentencing was originally set for February 29, 2016. However, in
late January 2016, Hastert's attorneys asked the court to delay
sentencing due to Hastert's ongoing health problems, and Judge Durkin
postponed sentencing until April 8, 2016. In March 2016, Judge Durkin
ordered the appointment of a medical expert to review Hastert's health
in preparation for sentencing. Later in March 2016, Judge Durkin
postponed the sentencing hearing (over the objection of Hastert's
attorneys) to April 27 so that a man who alleged sexual abuse by
Hastert (identified as "Individual D" in court) could testify at the
In early April 2016, the parties filed submissions in court ahead of
sentencing. The maximum sentence for the offense was five years in
prison and a $250,000 fine, although the Federal Sentencing
Guidelines range was from probation to six months. Hastert asked for
probation. Hastert released a statement through his counsel saying:
"Mr. Hastert acknowledges that as a young man, he committed
transgressions for which he is profoundly sorry. He earnestly
apologizes to his former students, family, friends, previous
constituents and all others affected by the harm his actions have
caused." Hastert did not provide details.
Hastert also filed under seal a response to the government's
presentence investigation report . In the prosecution's filing ahead
of sentencing, federal prosecutors made allegations of sexual
misconduct against Hastert (the first time they had done so publicly),
saying that he had molested at least four boys as young as 14
(including Steve Reinboldt and others) while he worked as a high
school wrestling coach decades earlier. In a 26-page filing,
prosecutors detailed "specific, graphic incidents" of sexual acts.
Prosecutors asked for a six-month sentence, as called for under
federal sentencing guidelines. Prosecutors also requested the court
to order Hastert to undergo a sex offender evaluation and comply with
any recommended treatment. While Hastert's health problems had the
possibility to help him avoid prison, prosecutors noted in their
court filing that he could receive medical treatment while
incarcerated, if necessary.
Sixty letters asking for leniency for Hastert were submitted to the
court ahead of sentencing, but nineteen of these letters were
withdrawn after Judge Durkin said that he would not consider any
letters that were not made public. Of the forty-one letters that were
made public, several were from current or former members of Congress:
John T. Doolittle ,
David Dreier ,
Thomas W. Ewing , and Porter Goss
(who also is a former
CIA director ). The
Chicago Tribune noted that
DeLay and Doolittle had "have had legal troubles of their own"
stemming from the Abramoff scandal, although DeLay's conviction in
that scandal was later overturned and Doolittle was never charged.
Other supporters of Hastert who wrote letters on his behalf included
his family members; former
Illinois Attorney General Tyrone C. Fahner
; "local leaders, board members, police officers and others from his
home base in rural Kendall County"; and "several members of Illinois'
At the sentencing hearing on April 27, 2016, the government presented
two witnesses. Jolene Burdge, the sister of Stephen Reinboldt, read a
letter that her brother had written shortly before his death in 1995.
Addressing Hastert, Burdge stated that she wanted to "hold you
accountable for sexually abusing my brother. I knew your secret, and
you couldn't bribe or intimidate your way out. ... You think you can
deny your abuse of Steve because he can no longer speak for himself --
that's why I'm here."
The second witness was Scott Cross ("Individual D") who publicly
identified himself for the first time. Cross gave emotional testimony,
telling the court that Hastert, whom he had trusted, had abused him
and caused him to experience "intense pain, shame and guilt."
Cross's oldest brother is longtime
Illinois House of Representatives
Republican leader Tom Cross , a political protégé of Hastert's.
Addressing the court, Hastert—who had arrived at court in a
wheelchair—read from a written statement, apologizing for having
"mistreated athletes." After being pressed by the judge, Hastert
admitted to sexually abusing boys whom he coached, saying that he had
molested "Individual B" and did not remember some of the others.
Hastert said he did not remember abusing Cross, "but I accept his
statement." Hastert stated "what I did was wrong and I regret it ...
I took advantage of them." Hastert also acknowledged that he had
misled the FBI. Judge Durkin referred to Hastert as a "serial child
molester" and imposed a sentence of fifteen months in prison, two
years' supervised release , including sex-offender treatment, and a
$250,000 fine. Hastert is "one of the highest-ranking politicians in
American history to be sentenced to prison."
Hastert cannot be prosecuted for sexual abuse because the statute of
limitations has expired for his conduct decades earlier.
Reactions To Hastert Case
Following the sentence, the
Chicago Tribune editorial board praised
"the bravery of the victims and their families who confronted the man
who was once second in line to be president" and wrote of the
sentence: "The enduring impact is that the truth has been revealed.
And for as long as the name
Dennis Hastert is recalled, the man once
respected as a leader will be known as a criminal, a scoundrel, a
child molester." The Washington Post editorial board hailed the
sentence, writing that Hastert's victims "should not have had to
struggle with what Mr. Hastert did to them all the while they watched
him rise in stature and power." The Post called for extending
statutes of limitations in sex-abuse cases to give victims more time
to come forward and prosecutors more time to pursue perpetrators. New
York Times columnist
Frank Bruni wrote that Hastert's case underscored
the danger that comes with the "quickness and frequency with which so
many of us equate displays of religious devotion with actual
rectitude," noting that Hastert's public displays of Christian faith
during his time in office were "a factor in his colleagues'
assessments of him as safe, uncontroversial." Bruni also critiqued
the testimonials that prominent Republicans submitted on Hastert's
behalf before sentencing, saying that these "affirm the degree to
which pacts rather than principle govern partisan politics today."
Jacob Sullum of Reason magazine opined that the financial
"structuring" offense of which Hastert was convicted "should not be a
crime ...even if it occasionally provides the means for punishing
actual criminals who would otherwise escape justice." Conor
The Atlantic expressed similar views, writing: "The
alarming aspect of this case is the fact that an American is
ultimately being prosecuted for the crime of evading federal
The Hastert scandal was one motivation for the advance of legislation
Illinois General Assembly to eliminate the statute of
limitations for all felony child abuse and sexual assault offenses.
The measure unanimously passed the state Senate in March 2017.
CIVIL LAWSUITS AGAINST HASTERT
"Individual A" / "James Brown" Lawsuit
In April 2016, "Individual A" commenced an action against Hastert for
breach of contract in
Illinois state court , in Kendall County.
"Individual A" (suing under pseudonym "James Brown") seeks to collect
the remaining $1.8 million in "hush money" allegedly promised to him
by Hastert. In the complaint , "Individual A" alleges that he was
molested at age 14 by Hastert and that he confronted Hastert after
having a conversation in 2008 with another person who said they had
been abused by Hastert. Individual A alleges that he suffered panic
attacks and other problems for years as a result of the abuse.
In July 2016, Hastert, through his attorneys, filed a motion to
dismiss the case, arguing that the statute of limitations had expired
and that "Individual A" violated a verbal agreement with Hastert by
disclosing the sexual abuse to federal authorities. In November 2016,
the court denied the motion. In March 2017, the attorney for
"Individual A" suggested that the case would likely be resolved by an
"Richard Doe" Lawsuit And Related Police Report
In May 2016, a second man filed a lawsuit against Hastert. In his
complaint, the man alleges that Hastert sexually assaulting him in the
bathroom of a community building in Yorkville in the summer of either
1973 or 1974, when the man was nine or ten years old and in the fourth
grade. The complaint gives details of the alleged violent
assault—and the man's threats if he reported what occurred—and
says that the boy only recognized Hastert as the assailant after
Hastert appeared at Yorkville Grade School in gym class. A Kendall
County granted the man's motion to proceed anonymously as plaintiff
under the "Richard Doe" pseudonym.
In the complaint, the man states that when he was 20 or 21 years old,
he comprehended what had occurred and reported the crime to the
Kendall County State's Attorney's Office, but that then-state's
attorney Dallas C. Ingemunson "threatened to charge him with a crime
and accused him of slandering Hastert's name." Ingemunson denies this
allegation, calling it "bogus." In May 2016, "Richard Doe" filed a
report with the Kendall County Sheriff's Office, but the state's
attorney's office determined that the statute of limitations barred a
complaint against anyone." NBC Chicago obtained a redacted version of
the Sheriff's Office police report.
IMPRISONMENT AND LIFE POST-SENTENCING
Hastert did not appeal his conviction or sentence. Shortly after
being sentenced, Hastert paid the $250,000 fine and was ordered to
report to prison on June 22, 2016. On that date, Hastert reported to
Federal Medical Center, Rochester in
Minnesota to begin his prison
In July 2017, after serving about 13 months of a 15-month sentence,
Hastert was released from federal prison and returned to Chicago under
"residential re-entry management" supervision.
Effect On Pensions
Soon after sentencing, the
Illinois Teachers\' Retirement System
announced that Hastert would forfeit future teachers' pension
benefits, effective immediately, due to a state law depriving pension
benefits from educators who are convicted of felonies relating to
their employment. Hastert is challenging the System's decision to
terminate his pension (which amounted to about $16,000 a year) on the
ground that the specific federal crimes of which he was convicted was
not directly related to his time as a teacher.
Hastert's pension for his service in the
Illinois General Assembly
— about $28,000 a year — was originally unaffected. However, in
October 2016, the General Assembly Retirement System board of trustees
unanimously voted to suspend Hastert's pension, and in April 2017 the
board voted, 5-2, to terminate the pension. The decision came after
an earlier recommendation from the state attorney general's office
that the board reduce Hastert's pension to $9,000 per year. Board
Michael J. Zalewski voted to terminate the pension, while State
Representative David Harris voted against termination, saying that he
preferred reducing the pension instead, as recommended by the state
Attorney General's Office.
Notwithstanding his conviction, Hastert continues to receive his
congressional pension , which amounts to about $73,000 a year.
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: ILLINOIS\'S 14TH DISTRICT
* 1986 ELECTION
Dennis Hastert (R), 77,288 votes (52%)
* Mary Lou Kearns (D), 70,293 votes (48%)
* 1988 ELECTION
Dennis Hastert (R) (inc.), 161,146 votes (74%)
* Stephen Youhanaie (D), 57,482 votes (26%)
* 1990 ELECTION
Dennis Hastert (R) (inc.), 112,383 votes (67%)
* Donald Westphal (D), 55,592 votes (33%)
* 1992 ELECTION
Dennis Hastert (R) (inc.), 155,271 votes (67%)
* Jonathan Abram Reich (D), 75,294 votes (33%)
* Write-in, 59 votes (0%)
* 1994 ELECTION
Dennis Hastert (R) (inc.), 110,204 votes (76%)
* Steve Denari (D), 33,891 votes (26%)
* 1996 ELECTION
Dennis Hastert (R) (inc.), 134,432 votes (64%)
* Doug Mains (D), 74,322 (36%)
* 1998 ELECTION
Dennis Hastert (R) (inc.), 117,304 votes (70%)
* Robert A. Cozzi, Jr. (D), 50,844 votes (30%)
* 2000 ELECTION
Dennis Hastert (R) (inc.), 188,597 votes (74%)
* Vern Deljohnson (D), 66,309 votes (26%)
* Write-in, 3 votes (0%)
* 2002 ELECTION
Dennis Hastert (R) (inc.), 135,198 votes (74%)
* Lawrence J. Quick (D), 47,165 votes (26%)
* 2004 ELECTION
Dennis Hastert (R) (inc.), 191,618 votes (69%)
* Ruben Zamora (D), 87,590 votes (31%)
* 2006 ELECTION
Dennis Hastert (R) (inc.), 117,870 votes (60%)
* Jonathan "John" Laesch (D), 79,274 votes (40%)
Hastert's official portrait as Speaker, painted by Laurel Stern
Boeck. The mace of the
United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives is in
the background, and the historic House silver inkstand in the
foreground. This portrait was unveiled in 2009.
In December 1999, Northern
Illinois University conferred an honorary
LL.D. degree upon Hastert. In November 2015, following Hastert's
guilty plea, an NIU spokesman said that "Hastert's fall from grace is
so recent that university officials have not discussed taking back the
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests called for
NIU to rescind Hastert's honorary degree after he pleaded guilty, and
the DeKalb Daily Chronicle did the same following Hastert's
sentencing. In May 2016, NIU's board of trustees unanimously voted to
revoke Hastert's honorary degree.
Lewis University conferred an honorary degree upon Hastert.
In 2015, following his conviction, the university said that it was
"reviewing the status of the honorary degree."
The National Wrestling Hall of Fame awarded Hastert its Order of
Merit in 1995 and named Hastert to its "Hall of Outstanding Americans"
in 2000. In May 2016, a few days after Hastert was sentenced to
prison, the Hall of Fame (following a review ) revoked all of
Hastert's honors, the first time the organization has ever done so.
Three Fires Council of the Boy Scouts of America has honored
Hastert with its distinguished service award.
In March 2001, President
Valdas Adamkus of
Hastert with the Grand Cross of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke
Gediminas . In 2004, Hastert was presented the Order of the Oak
Crown , Grand Cross by the grand duke of Luxembourg .
In 2007, the J.
Dennis Hastert Center for Economics, Government and
Public Policy was founded at Wheaton College , the former Speaker's
alma mater. Hastert resigned from the board of advisers of the center
on May 29, 2015, after the indictment against him was released. On
May 31, 2015, the college announced that it was removing his name from
the center, renaming it the Wheaton College Center for Economics,
Government, and Public Policy.
In 2009, Hastert's official portrait was unveiled and placed in the
Speaker's Lobby adjacent to the House chamber, alongside portraits of
other past House speakers. The 5' by 3½' portrait, executed by
Westchester County, New York
Westchester County, New York artist Laurel Stern Boeck, cost $35,000
in taxpayer funds. On June 4, 2015, SNAP , an organization of
victims of child sexual abuse, called upon House Speaker Boehner to
remove the portrait of Hastert from the Capitol . It was not until
November 2015, however, the week after Hastert's guilty plea in his
criminal case, that the portrait was removed from the Speaker's Lobby
on orders of the new speaker,
Paul Ryan .
In May 2009, Hastert accepted the Grand Cross of the Order of San
Álvaro Uribe , the president of Colombia .
In May 2010, Hastert accepted the Grand Cordon of the Order of the
Rising Sun from
Akihito , emperor of Japan .
In 2012, a plaque funded by private donors, "bearing Hastert's
likeness and a list of his accomplishments," was placed in the
historic Kendall County Courthouse in downtown Yorkville. The plaque
was taken down in 2015, following Hastert's conviction.
In early May 2015 (before the indictment was released), a proposal in
Illinois Legislature to spend $500,000 to commission and install a
statue of Hastert in the
Illinois State Capitol was withdrawn at
Hastert's request. Hastert called the measure's sponsor (Michael
Madigan , the speaker of the
Illinois House of Representatives ) and
stated that "he appreciated the recognition and honor" but asked that
it be deferred given the "fiscal condition" of the state.
In 2015, following the unsealing of the indictment against Hastert
the previous month, the Denny Hastert Yorkville Invitational, a
popular wrestling tournaments in Illinois, was renamed the Fighting
Hastert suffers from diabetes and requires daily insulin injections.
Because of his condition, he sometimes walked with protective
coverings on his feet to avoid foot problems .
Hastert has received treatment for kidney stones at least three
times. In 2005, he underwent minor surgery at Bethesda Naval Hospital
to remove kidney stones. In 2006, Hastert was hospitalized for
cellulitis (a type of bacterial skin infection).
In November 2015, the week after entering a guilty plea in federal
court, Hastert suffered a stroke and was hospitalized until January
15, 2016. According to his attorney, Hastert was additionally treated
for sepsis and a blood infection , and underwent two back operations.
At a court hearing in February 2016, Hastert's attorney said that
Hastert "nearly died" from the blood infection.
FAMILY AND PERSONAL LIFE
Hastert has been married to Jean Hastert (née Kahl) since 1973.
They have two children, Ethan and Joshua. Hastert's older son,
Joshua, was a lobbyist for the firm
PodestaMattoon , representing
clients ranging from
Amgen , a biotech company, to
Lockheed Martin , a
defense contractor. This provoked criticism from Congress Watch:
"There definitely should be restrictions ... This is family members
cashing in on connections ... is an ideal opportunity for special
interest groups to exploit family relationships for personal gain."
Joshua rejoined that he does not lobby House Republican leaders.
Hastert's son Ethan ran in 2010 as a Republican for his father's old
congressional seat (Illinois' 14th congressional district), but was
defeated in the primary by
Illinois State Senator
Randy Hultgren .
Hultgren received 55 percent of the vote, while Hastert received 45
percent. In 2011, Ethan won a seat on the village board of Elburn,
Illinois . Ethan left the Elburn village board in 2014 because he and
his family moved to nearby Campton Hills . Ethan is a partner at the
Chicago office of the law firm
Mayer Brown .
Hastert's hobbies include carving and painting duck decoys , and
collecting and restoring vintage cars .
A dark green 1942 Lincoln Zephyr from Hastert's personal collection
(with "42 SPKR"
Illinois license plates ) is in the collection of the
Volo Auto Museum in Volo,
Illinois . The museum purchased the car in
2007. It has been on display at the Belvidere Oasis of the Illinois
Tollway since May 2015. In June 2015, following the allegations
against Hastert, the museum announced that the car would be removed
Though he was chauffeured when he became speaker, Hastert used to
drive vehicles with "CONG14" and "USHR14" vanity plates (references to
Illinois's 14th congressional district) and a "CDWHIP2" vanity plate
(referring to his position as chief deputy whip).
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* ^ A B C D Tom Lansford, 9/11 and the Wars in Afghanistan and
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Chicago Tribune (June 18,
* ^ A B Hastert\'s
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criticized 2006 raid of William Jefferson\'s office, New Orleans
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* ^ Dan Eggen & Allan Lengel, Officials Defend Raid on Lawmaker\'s
Office, The Washington Post (May 24, 2006).
* ^ Carl Hulse, On Wave of Voter Unrest, Democrats Take Control of
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The New York Times (November 8, 2006).
* ^ Hastert says he won\'t run for minority leader, NBC News
(November 9, 2006).
* ^ A B Andrew Taylor, GOP Chooses Boehner as Minority Leader,
Associated Press (November 17, 2006).
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Roll Call (October 17, 2007).
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gave a farewell speech, followed by a speech praising his work by
incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi,
* ^ Christi Parsons & Rick Pearson, Hastert farewell urges
Illinois Republican laments \'bitterness\' in
Chicago Tribune (November 16, 2007).
* ^ Associated Press, Hastert Submits Official Resignation Letter
(November 26, 2007).
* ^ A B James Kimberly, Hastert backs Oberweis, Burns drops out,
Chicago Tribune (December 14, 2007).
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December 29, 2008.
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(May 30, 2015).
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post-Congress office: $1.9 million,
Chicago Tribune (March 22, 2013).
* ^ A B C D Shane Goldmacher,
Dennis Hastert Defends Turkey Trip as
\'Exclusively Within the Rules\',
National Journal (January 16, 2015).
* ^ A B Shane Goldmacher, How Lobbyists Still Fly Through
Loopholes: Even after the Abramoff reforms, companies and countries
looking to sway Congress find ways to ply lawmakers with fancy
National Journal (January 10, 2013).
* ^ A B Alan K. Ota, Hastert Delivers Personal Pitch for Ethanol,
Roll Call (March 25, 2015).
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lobbying firm reeling after indictment, Politico (June 4, 2015).
* ^ A B Megan R. Wilson, Hastert resigns lobbying position after
indictment, The Hill (May 28, 2015).
* ^ A B C Monica Daveymay, U.S. Accuses Ex-House Speaker J. Dennis
Hastert of Paying to Hide ‘Misconduct’,
The New York Times
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information\' useful for Hastert story, The Washington Post (June 5,
* ^ Nora Kelly, One Week After Dennis Hastert’s Indictment, an
Alleged Victim’s Sister Has Come Forward,
National Journal (June 5,
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abuse, CNN (June 5, 2015): "
ABC News said it didn't run with the
reporting because it lacked corroborating evidence."
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Chicago Tribune (June 5, 2015).
Josh Marshall , Hastert and the Foley Scandal, Talking Points
Memo (May 29, 2015).
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Associated Press (April 14, 2016).
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repeat child molesters,
Chicago Tribune (April 14, 2016).
* ^ Stefano Esposito & Becky Schlikerman, Yorkville community
can\'t comprehend allegations against Hastert, Chicago Sun-Times (May
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charity, The Hill (June 4, 2015).
* ^ Lynn Sweet, Sen. Kirk sending $10,000 Hastert donation to
Waukegan charity, Chicago Sun-Times (June 4, 2015).
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Hastert indictment, The Hill (May 29, 2015).
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Dennis Hastert (press
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Abuses, The Huffington Post (June 2, 2015).
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(December 31, 2015).
* ^ Budget battle, leadership scandals top 2015
Associated Press (December 30, 2015).
* ^ Ali Weinberg, Biggest Moments on
Capitol Hill in 2015, ABC News
(December 30, 2015).
* ^ Cubs, Chicago violence, budget AP\'s top
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Dennis Hastert Reaches
Plea Deal in Bank
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U.S. Attorney agreed to withhold details of Hastert\'s alleged
"misconduct" in indictment, BuzzFeed News (May 28, 2015).
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court in Chicago,
Chicago Tribune (June 1, 2014).
* ^ Jason Meisner,
Dennis Hastert delayed until June
Chicago Tribune (June 2, 2015).
* ^ Mike DeBonis, Sari Horwitz & Jerry Markon, Mystery surrounds
Hastert case — including his whereabouts, The Washington Post (June
* ^ Jake Sherman & John Bresnahan, Hastert lies low as allegations
against him intensify, Politico (May 29, 2015).
* ^ Jay Levine,
Dennis Hastert To Friends: I Am A Victim, Too, CBS
Chicago (May 29, 2015).
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In for Dennis Hastert,
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* ^ A B Thomas C. Green, Senior Counsel,
Sidley Austin LLP.
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prosecutor, Politico (August 21, 2015).
* ^ Jason Meisner, Hastert hires Washington attorney as Chicago
court braces for media crush,
Chicago Tribune (June 8, 2015).
* ^ Jason Meisner,
Dennis Hastert out of hiding, arrives at court
Chicago Tribune (June 9, 2015).
* ^ A B Jason Meisner, 2 TV reporters cited for violating rules
during Hastert\'s arraignment,
Chicago Tribune (July 12, 2015).
* ^ A B Mike DeBonis, Hastert pleads not guilty to 2 counts of
fraud charges in hush-money scandal, The Washington Post (June 9,
* ^ A B Associated Press, The Latest on Hastert: Ex-Speaker Faces
Federal Judge (June 9, 2015).
* ^ A B Josh Gerstein, Hastert judge also donated to his campaigns,
Politico (June 1, 2015).
* ^ Justin Glawe,
Dennis Hastert Starts His New Life of Shame,
Daily Beast (July 9, 2015).
* ^ Mike DeBonis, Judge who donated to Hastert campaigns will
continue to hear hush-money case, The Washington Post (June 11, 2015).
* ^ Josh Gerstein, Denny Hastert judge will stay on case, Politico
(June 11, 2015).
* ^ Associated Press, 2 reporters cited for breaking rules at
Hastert arraignment (June 12, 2015).
* ^ Associated Press, Contempt Filings Dropped Against Reporters
Covering Hastert, (July 30, 2015).
* ^ A B C Jason Meisner, Feds seek order to protect sensitive
Dennis Hastert charges,
Chicago Tribune (June 12, 2015).
* ^ Robert Feder, Hastert cancels on
convention, RobertFeder.com (June 15, 2015).
* ^ Illinois: Hastert Evidence is Shielded, The New York Times
(June 17, 2014).
* ^ Jason Meisner, Judge approves protective order in Dennis
Hastert criminal case,
Chicago Tribune (June 17, 2014).
* ^ A B C D E F Sara Burnett, Lawyer: Leaks in Hastert case
Associated Press (June 18, 2015).
* ^ Jon Seidel, Hastert attorneys shed light on strategy, gear up
for trial (July 14, 2015).
* ^ A B C D Steve Schmadeke, Hastert lawyer plans to seek to
dismiss indictments, rails against "leaks from the government",
Chicago Tribune (July 14, 2015).
* ^ A B Josh Gerstein & Kenneth P. Vogel, New defense fund set up
for Dennis Hastert, Politico (July 31, 2015).
* ^ Brooks Hays,
Dennis Hastert closes PAC, starts legal defense
fund, UPI (August 1, 2015).
* ^ Jason Meisner, Prosecutors, Hastert\'s lawyers ask for delay in
filing pretrial motions,
Chicago Tribune (September 11, 2015).
* ^ Michael Tarm, Hastert Asks Court for Another Extension to File
Associated Press (September 22, 2015).
* ^ Mitch Smith, Court Hearing in
Dennis Hastert Case Reveals
The New York Times
The New York Times (September 28, 2015).
* ^ A B C D Jason Meisner & Jeff Coen,
Dennis Hastert pleads guilty
to felony charge,
Chicago Tribune (October 28, 2015).
* ^ A B Mary Wisniewski judge postpones sentencing, Chicago Tribune
(January 28, 2016).
* ^ Jason Meisner, Federal judge orders medical expert review
Dennis Hastert\'s health,
Chicago Tribune (March 16, 2016).
* ^ Matt Zapotosky, Another man alleges he was abused by Dennis
Hastert, Washington Post (March 23, 2016).
* ^ A B Mitch Smith, J.
Dennis Hastert Is Sorry for Past
\'Transgressions,\' Lawyer Says, New York Times (April 9, 2016).
* ^ James Hill, Lee Ferran health woes may affect sentencing,
Chicago Tribune (December 18, 2015).
* ^ A B C Jason Meisner, More than 40 letters in support of Hastert
made public before sentencing,
Chicago Tribune (April 22, 2016).
* ^ Michael Tarm, Ex-Congressmen Send Letters Asking for Leniency
Associated Press (April 22, 2106).
* ^ A B Christy Gutowski, Alleged Hastert victim Individual D is
brother of Hastert political ally Tom Cross,
Chicago Tribune (April
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Chicago Tribune (April 12, 2016).
* ^ Editorial, Dennis Hastert: Child Molester, Chicago Tribune
(April 27, 2016).
* ^ A B Dennis Hastert\'s betrayal of trust, Washington Post (April
* ^ A B Frank Bruni, The Many Faces of Dennis Hastert, New York
Times (April 30, 2016).
* ^ Jacob Sullum, \'Serial Child Molester\'
Dennis Hastert Gets 15
Months for Something That Shouldn\'t Be Illegal, Reason (May 2, 2016).
* ^ Conor Friedersdorf, Why Is It a Crime to Evade Government
Scrutiny?: Prosecutors may suspect
Dennis Hastert of serious
misconduct, but charging him with trying to avoid surveillance risks
criminalizing harmless behavior,
The Atlantic (June 2, 2015).
* ^ Eric Bradach, Lawmakers eliminating time-frame protection for
child sex offenders, Columbia Chronicle (March 30, 2017).
* ^ Removing Statute of Limitations on Child Sex Crimes in
Illinois, WRSP (March 30, 2017).
* ^ A B C Stephanie Gosk, Alan Cohen & Tracy Connor, Dennis
Hastert\'s Accuser Sues Him for $1.8 Million, NBC News (April 25,
* ^ A B Christy Gutowski, From behind bars, Hastert fights
Chicago Tribune (July 26, 2016).
* ^ Jon Seidel & Andy Grimm, Judge denies motion to dismiss lawsuit
by Hastert victim, Chicago Sun-Times (November 8, 2016).
* ^ Chuck Goudie, Ross Weidner & Christine Tressel, Dennis
Hastert\'s sex abuse case may not go to trial, attorney says, WLS
(March 8, 2017).
* ^ A B C D E Hannah Leone, Judge grants anonymity in new sex
assault suit against Dennis Hastert, Aurora Beacon-News (May 30,
* ^ A B Phil Rogers, For Me, There\'s No Justice\': Latest Alleged
Hastert Victim Told Police, NBC Chicago (May 30, 2017).
Dennis Hastert will not appeal conviction, 15-month prison
Associated Press (May 13, 2016).
* ^ James Hill & Lee Ferran, Former Speaker
Dennis Hastert Pays
$250K Fine Linked to Sex Abuse,
ABC News (May 13, 2016).
* ^ Jason Meisner,
Dennis Hastert to report to prison by June 22 to
serve 15-month sentence,
Chicago Tribune (May 19, 2016).
* ^ Christy Gutowski, Former House Speaker
Dennis Hastert reports
Chicago Tribune (June 22, 2016).
* ^ Christy Gutowski,
Dennis Hastert returns to
Chicago Tribune (July 18, 2017).
* ^ A B Sarah Freishtat, Dennis Hastert\'s educator pension
revoked, General Assembly pension unchanged, Aurora Beacon-News (April
* ^ A B C D Kerry Lester, Hastert fighting to get his teacher
pension back, Daily Herald (November 21, 2016).
* ^ Aamer Madhani, Ex-House speaker
Dennis Hastert stripped of
Illinois pension, USA Today (April 26, 2017).
* ^ Hastert\'s state lawmaker pension terminated, Associated Press
(April 26, 2017).
* ^ Dennis Hastert’s state lawmaker pension halted, Associated
Press (April 26, 2017).
* ^ Bridget Bowman, Despite Hush-Money Plea, Hastert Keeps Pension,
Roll Call (November 5, 2015).
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* ^ A B Collections Search: John Dennis Hastert, United States
House of Representatives History, Art & Archives.
* ^ Honorary Degrees Recipients, Division of Academic Affairs,
* ^ A B Will
Dennis Hastert keep his honorary NIU doctorate?, Daily
Chronicle (November 3, 2015).
* ^ Organization asks NIU to revoke Hastert\'s honorary degree,
WLS-TV (November 12, 2015)
* ^ Our View: Strip Hastert of honorary NIU degree, DeKalb Daily
Chronicle (April 28, 2016).
* ^ NIU Trustees Unanimously Rescind Dennis Hastert\'s Honorary
WNIJ (May 20, 2016).
* ^ A B Nick Martin,
Dennis Hastert could be stripped of Wrestling
Hall of Fame honors, Washington Post (April 28, 2016).
* ^ A B C D E Katherine Skiba, Amid allegations, some consider
removing Dennis Hastert\'s presence,
Chicago Tribune (June 12, 2015).
* ^ Editorial: Erasing Denny Hastert,
Chicago Tribune (June 1,
* ^ Hastert first-ever punished by wrestling Hall of Fame, CBS
Associated Press (May 2, 2016).
* ^ Baltic Report: April 11, 2001, Radio Free Europe/Radio
* ^ Associated Press, Timeline of the Career of Ex-US House Speaker
The New York Times
The New York Times (May 28, 2015).
* ^ Reuters, \'It was sex\':
Dennis Hastert paid man to hide past
misconduct, LA Times reports (May 29, 2015).
* ^ "Wheaton College takes \'Hastert\' out of center\'s name in
wake of charges".
Chicago Tribune . May 31, 2015. Retrieved May 31,
* ^ Tracy Connor,
Dennis Hastert Case: Abuse Group Wants
Congressional Portrait Removed, NBC News (June 4, 2015).
* ^ Deirdre Walsh,
Paul Ryan removes portrait of former House
Speaker Dennis Hastert, CNN (November 2, 2015).
* ^ President Uribe gives the San Carlos medal to former Speaker of
the House of Representatives, Embassy of Colombia to the United States
(May 27, 2009).
* ^ Remarks by Ambassador Fujisaki at the Reception to Celebrate
the Conferment of the Order of the Rising Sun, Embassy of Japan in the
United States (June 30, 2010).
* ^ Hastert\'s legacy \'a black eye\': Officials begin removing
reminders of former speaker of the House, Kane County Chronicle
(November 9, 2015).
* ^ Monique Garcia, Hastert statue shelved at
Chicago Tribune (May 28, 2015).
* ^ Jordyn Phelps,
Dennis Hastert Nixed Statue in His Honor, ABC
News (May 29, 2015).
* ^ Steve Lord, Denny Hastert Yorkville wrestling tournament may
get new name, Aurora Beacon-News (June 2, 2015).
* ^ Matt Schury, Hastert\'s legacy \'a black eye\': Officials begin
removing reminders of former speaker of the House, Kane County
Chronicle (November 9, 2015).
* ^ A B Rudolph Bush, Hastert has minor surgery, Chicago Tribune
(April 7, 2005).
* ^ Associated Press, House Speaker hospitalized for skin
infection: Hastert expected to get treatment through the weekend (July
* ^ Webpage of PodestaMatton for Josh Hastert. Retrieved October 2,
2006 Archived September 7, 2006, at the
Wayback Machine .
* ^ Michael Kranish, Family ties spark concern in lobby debate;
Watchdogs want Congress to act, Boston Globe (January 28, 2006).
* ^ A B James Fuller, Hastert\'s son loses race to Hultgren, Daily
Herald (February 2, 2010).
* ^ "Son of former U.S. House Speaker Hastert wins village board
The State Journal-Register
The State Journal-Register . Associated Press. 2011-04-06.
* ^ Al Lagattolla, Hastert leaving Elburn Village Board, Kane
County Chronicle (October 21, 2014).
* ^ Ethan A. Hastert Profile, Mayer Brown.
* ^ Monica Daveyman, Yorkville, Where Hastert Taught, Is Shaken by
Charges for \'Denny\',
The New York Times
The New York Times (May 30, 2015).
* ^ Robert Costa includes archival photo gallery
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