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Friday, May 29, 2015

Connecting a series of tragic dots

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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Mother Jones has the text of the indictment of former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert here.

While the initial press flurry focused on the currency transactions aspects of the case- Hastert is accused of structuring secret payments to another person to avoid tax and financial disclosure laws- what Hastert was being, apparently, blackmailed for, is not clear. But, from reading the opening paragraphs, the trail is not hard to divine:
At all times material to this indictment:
a.  From approximately 1965 to 1981 defendant John Dennis Hastert was a high school teacher and coach in Yorkville, Illinois. 
b.  Individual A has been a resident of Yorkville, Illinois and has known defendant John Dennis Hastert most of Individual A's life. 
c.  In or about 2010, Individual A met with defendant John Dennis Hastert multiple times. During at least one of these meetings, Individual A discussed past misconduct by defendant against Individual A that had occurred years earlier. 
d.  During the 2010 meetings and subsequent discussions, defendant John Dennis Hastert agreed to provide $3.5 million in order to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct against Individual A...

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