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Hastert Paid To Keep Sexual Scandal Quiet

In this March 1, 2006, file photo, Vice President Dick Cheney, left, talks with Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was paying a former student to keep quiet about sexual misconduct that happened while he was a high school wrestling coach, according to published reports Friday. “It was sex,” a source told The Los Angeles Times. “It goes back a long way, back to then. It has nothing to do with public corruption or a corruption scandal. Or to his time in office.” NBC News, citing their own source, identified the accuser as a former student at Yorkville High School. Hastert, a once powerful Republican politician from the Chicago suburbs, did not respond to the bombshell report, which cited two unnamed federal law enforcement officials/Daily News. More here.


D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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