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    IL - Dennis Hastert for child molestation, Yorkville, 2015

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    Jaw-dropping indictment stirs deeper mystery

    We don’t know — we may never know — what former U.S. House speaker Dennis Hastert did that was so bad, if anything. What we do know: Prosecutors say he was willing to pay $3.5 million to cover it up. The former lawmaker was indicted this week on charges that he lied to the FBI and tried to disguise cash withdrawals paid to an unnamed party identified only as “Individual A” to “compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct against Individual A.” Hastert’s “prior misconduct” was not explained.
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    the rest at link, and interesting: blackmail etc.

    What think??

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    While “the indictment did not spell out the exact nature of the ‘prior misconduct’ by Hastert,” The Washington Post reported, “… it noted that before entering state and federal politics in 1981, Has*tert served for more than a decade as a teacher and wrestling coach at Yorkville High School in Illinois.”

    The indictment’s allusion to Hastert’s tenure as a wrestling coach and teacher was provocative. So was its reference to Individual A. Individual A claimed to have known Hastert “most of” his or her life. Individual A met with Hastert repeatedly “in or about 2010″ and “discussed past misconduct” by Hastert against him or her that “had occurred years earlier.” And, allegedly, Hastert paid Individual A off.

    Indeed, there was far more media interest in what the indictment didn’t say than in what it did. Individual A got as much attention as the relatively mundane details about money allegedly moving in and out of Hastert’s bank accounts. What kind of “misconduct” could the Republican from Illinois have been a part of as a coach and teacher?
    Hm, without ever mentioning the words "sex scandal involving a minor", that's what the article still seems to imply.

    How many people would pay over three million to cover up something that wasn't illegal?

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    For three and a half million, there must be pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    For three and a half million, there must be pictures.
    That must'a been some "zing."

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    Isn't Hastert the one who covered up former Representative Mark Foley's entanglement with young male House pages?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morag View Post
    Isn't Hastert the one who covered up former Representative Mark Foley's entanglement with young male House pages?
    Yes.

    And now -- based on what must be termed the ringing -- and journalistically, one has to believe, proper -- innuendo in the Post piece in the OP et al., it can only be termed ironic that this cover-up seems to be based on scandal involving Hastert and teenage males during his coaching tenure at the high school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morag View Post
    Isn't Hastert the one who covered up former Representative Mark Foley's entanglement with young male House pages?
    The Scandal That Ended Dennis Hastert's Control Of The House (Huffington Post)


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    BuzzFeed also reported that at the request of Hastert’s lawyers, the U.S. Attorney’s office agreed to withhold the “explicit” details from the indictment that concerned why Hastert agreed to pay Individual A $3.5 million in hush money. But at this point, we can’t stop people from jumping to conclusions.
    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/this-unne...e-interesting/

    OK so the grand jury knew exactly what he was trying to cover up? But they didn't indict him for that?
    So can we infer that it wasn't illegal, just terribly embarrassing? Or that the statute of limitations has long passed? Or that there was no evidence to prove he did anything (beyond the fact that he was paying someone to cover it up)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donjeta View Post
    Hm, without ever mentioning the words "sex scandal involving a minor", that's what the article still seems to imply.

    How many people would pay over three million to cover up something that wasn't illegal?
    I was just waiting for someone to say it out loud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    For three and a half million, there must be pictures.
    Or maybe a kid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donjeta View Post
    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/this-unne...e-interesting/

    OK so the grand jury knew exactly what he was trying to cover up? But they didn't indict him for that?
    So can we infer that it wasn't illegal, just terribly embarrassing? Or that the statute of limitations has long passed? Or that there was no evidence to prove he did anything (beyond the fact that he was paying someone to cover it up)?
    We're thinking statute of limitations here.

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    For example, Simonides of Ceos agreed to compose a victory ode for Anaxilas, tyrant of Rhegium, for his victory in the mule-drawn-chariot race at the Olympian games only after Anaxilas agreed to pay Simonides more than he had originally offered; the poet could retaliate with ridicule if his terms were not met.

    From here: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/...0080/epinicion

    What's valor in sports? Old old question and something kids playing as they grow face constantly. It's a shame that they get dragged into politics, greed and into the agenda's of messed up egotists.

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