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    Re: Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted by federal grand jury

    Quote Originally Posted by Tazmanian Devil View Post
    I get the vague idea he was paying hush money to a former student with whom he had an illegal or immoral (or both) sexual encounter or relationship.
    A few LGBT blogs have been digging through their records posting stories from the 90s and 00s of rumors of Hastert hiring call boys.

    Wouldn't that be something strange if that turned out to be true.

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    It's a pity that in this day and age many gay or bisexual men are still so consumed by a sense of personal guilt around their sexuality that they will do such stupid things.
    Homosexuality was considered immoral. Especially in "traditional" areas. That's why we've seen so many more gay Republican outings (their families, communities, churches, etc. keeping them closeted) than we have seen gay Democrat outings.
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    Re: Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted by federal grand jury

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Seems the only crime that is evident is that Hastert didn't keep the government up to date on what he was doing with his own money. Since these laws are in place to track and prosecute crimes related to drug dealing, etc., where's the specific underlying crime that Hastert is guilty of.

    The strong innuendo in the story is that Hastert sexually assaulted or had illicit sexual relations with a student under his care while a teacher and coach earlier in life. In order to make their case, seems the feds will have to get this individual to testify against Hastert. It seems likely that this individual hasn't reported the Hastert payments as income and paid taxes on them and perhaps the investigation started at that source trying to determine where and how this individual got the money.

    Bottom line, Hastert appears to have stupidly believed he could hide and cover up his past misdeeds. He's going to be out the money, potentially serving time, and having his secret exposed for all to see. Simply having a lawyer work up a confidential agreement between himself and this other party would have been the best route.

    Seems to me, the only reason he wouldn't have done so is because the misconduct was homosexual in nature. It's a pity that in this day and age many gay or bisexual men are still so consumed by a sense of personal guilt around their sexuality that they will do such stupid things.

    Heya CJ This was out about an hour ago.


    Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct during his time as a high school wrestling coach and history teacher, ABC News has learned from sources with knowledge of the case. Associates and former colleagues of Hastert expressed surprise and dismay today over allegations that he disbursed $1.7 million in hush money payments to conceal alleged misconduct from a period before he entered politics.

    The indictment revealed that Hastert's time at Yorkville, in Illinois, is "material" to the allegations against him and the U.S. Attorney's investigation. The indictment itself does not mention what the alleged misconduct is. A statement released by Yorkville Community Unit School District #115 added it "has no knowledge of Mr. Hastert's alleged misconduct, nor has any individual contacted the District to report any such misconduct. If requested to do so, the District plans to cooperate fully with the U.S. Attorney's investigation into this matter."

    A spokesman for Dickstein Shapiro LLC, the lobbying firm that Hastert joined in 2008 after leaving Congress, confirmed in a brief statement that "Dennis Hastert has resigned from the firm.".....snip~

    Dennis Hastert Allegedly Engaged in Sexual Misconduct During Time as Teacher, Sources Say

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    Re: Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted by federal grand jury

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Oh yes right, of course.
    Right. If anything youre thinking of neoconservatism which is overfocused on security. Not coincidentally, those are the establishment republicans. And the reason the GOP is fracturing into traditional conservatives, libertarians, the tea party.

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