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Old 05-28-2015, 03:19 PM
 
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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert on reporting evasion charges and lying to the FBI as part of an effort to pay off victims of “prior bad acts.”
In an indictment handed down in the District Court of Northern Illinois, the Department of Justice and IRS charged Hastert, 73, with illegally transferring funds in an effort to avoid detection by the IRS, a scheme known as “structuring.”
In the indictment, Hastert is accused of agreeing to pay one individual $3.5 million.
Although the indictment specifies neither the “bad acts” nor the victims, sources said they could be from before Hastert, who is now a lobbyist in Washington, entered politics in 1980.

This is just minding numbing. A Speaker of the House of Representatives structuring bribes/payoffs in an effort to avoid Federal Money Laundering charges...The Patriot Act, so to speak.

What will the defense be? He "didn't know"?

What was the money a bribe for? $3.5 Million is a fair piece of change, even for a sleazy politician (aren't they all?). What heinous act did he engage in that required such a payoff?

This is just crushing that a Representative would dirty our political system (yes, I know. I am not naïve) with such behavior. Truly, it crushes, little by little, the belief that somewhere there is someone in a position of power in America who is not stealing, lying, or otherwise persuing self aggrandizing behavior.

Sad. I hope they lock him up and throw away the key forever.

Oh...even more disgusting... it wasn't enough that he was hiding millions of dollars, but then he sold his soul to the lobbying effort in Washington to put himself in position to receive even MORE ill gotten payoffs.
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Old 05-28-2015, 03:23 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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If he is guilty, I hope the throw the book at him (altho if he was a Dem this would not have even made the news).
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Old 05-28-2015, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Type 0.7 Kardashev
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If he is guilty, I hope the throw the book at him (altho if he was a Dem this would not have even made the news).
Uh huh. Because when Democrats are indicted, it doesn't make the news... ...in your imagination, that is.

In reality, of course, it does.
Menendez indicted on federal corruption charges
Feds arrest top New York Democrat for corruption | MSNBC
Felony allegations cost Democrats in California Senate their supermajority - The Washington Post
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Old 05-28-2015, 05:03 PM
 
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Yes, Menendez was indicted as well recently . However, it wasn't given much publicity like this will probably get.
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Old 05-28-2015, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Out in the Badlands
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If he is guilty, I hope the throw the book at him (altho if he was a Dem this would not have even made the news).
If he changed parties he would be home free.
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Old 05-28-2015, 05:59 PM
 
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I wonder if he was involved in another "family values" indiscretion and was paying to keep it quiet. Well I guess we will eventually find out.
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Old 05-28-2015, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Eastern Shore of Maryland
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If he changed parties he would be home free.
If he had not committee any crimes he would be "Home Free" and millions richer.
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Old 05-28-2015, 06:10 PM
 
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was he the same dude that was tap dancing in a restroom stall?
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Old 05-28-2015, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Montana
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was he the same dude that was tap dancing in a restroom stall?
nope.
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Old 05-28-2015, 06:32 PM
 
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Individual A is someone that has know Hastert nearly individual A's entire life. $3.5mm?

There is only one thing it could be.
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