Hastert hush money was to cover up sexual misconduct

Former Speaker Dennis Hastert was charged with concealing cash withdrawals and lying to the FBI earlier this week. The indictment accuses Hastert of withdrawing under $10,000 increments (the max withdrawal) in hush money to give to ‘Individual A.’ Before, we did not know what the hush money was for. However, sources say it was to cover up sexual misconduct during his time as a teacher in Illinois.

From CNN:

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was paying a former student to keep quiet about allegations of sexual abuse from the time when Hastert was a teacher and wrestling coach in Illinois, two sources with knowledge of the federal government investigation told CNN on Friday afternoon.

Hastert was a teacher and wrestling coach in Yorkville, Illinois between 1965 and 1981 before entering politics. Federal prosecutors indicted Hastert on Thursday for lying to the FBI about $3.5 million he agreed to pay to an undisclosed person to “cover up past misconduct.”

A federal law enforcement official confirmed to CNN early Friday evening that the former student was a male and a minor when the alleged abuse took place. Federal law enforcement officials also said that investigators decided not to pursue a possible extortion case in the matter.