Ex-Speaker Hastert has been hospitalized since soon after guilty plea

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Disgraced ex-pol Dennis Hastert suffered stroke, has been hospitalized for weeks ahead of sentencing.

A friend of Dennis Hastert says her husband spoke to the former U.S. CHICAGO — Before he was indicted in May, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was known primarily for rising from political obscurity in rural Illinois to the nation’s third-highest office, which he occupied for eight years. Some key events in Hastert’s life and career and the criminal case against him: 1980: Hastert comes in third in state House primary, but the GOP chooses him to replace the fatally ill primary winner. The Illinois Republican, who is awaiting sentencing in a hush-money scheme in which he doled out more than $1.7 million to hide “past misconduct,” has been hospitalized since having a stroke the first week of November. (The Associated Press) CHICAGO — Former U.S. Hastert later wins the general election. 1998: Hastert tells incumbent House Speaker Newt Gingrich that dissatisfaction in GOP ranks makes it unlikely the Georgia lawmaker will hold onto post.

Attorney Tom Green said in a statement that Hastert had a stroke, has been treated for sepsis, a potentially life-threatening complication of infection, and had two back surgeries while in the hospital. “We are very hopeful that Mr. Hastert’s continued hospitalization his privacy will be respected.” Hastert was accused in May of evading banking regulations as part of a plan to pay hush money to conceal his “prior misconduct.” Anonymous sources told The Associated Press and other media outlets that Hastert wanted to hide claims that he sexually molested someone decades earlier.

Hastert denies reports he may have known about the allegations earlier. 2007: Hastert steps down as speaker after becoming longest-serving Republican in the position. Dennis Hastert Center for Economics, Government and Public Policy is founded at Wheaton College. 2012-2014: When Hastert learns any withdrawals over $10,000 are flagged, he allegedly begins withdrawing cash in increments just under $10,000 and uses the money to pay $952,000 to Individual A.

A member of Hastert’s legal team recently wrote the judge overseeing the case to ask for probation rather than confinement “in light of his recent hospital stay.” Hastert, who was speaker from 1999 to 2007, was a little-known Illinois lawmaker whose reputation for congeniality helped him ascend the ranks of Congress to become the longest-serving Republican speaker in U.S. history. MAY 28, 2015: Hastert is indicted on one count of seeking to skirt bank reporting requirements and one count of lying to the FBI about the reason for his cash withdrawals. In January 1999, House Republicans voted for him to succeed Newt Gingrich, who had lost support because of ethics violations and the party’s poor showing in the 1998 midterm election.

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