Ex-US House Speaker Dennis Hastert recovering from stroke

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Dennis Hastert, Former Speaker, Hospitalized Since Having Stroke.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert suffered a stroke and was hospitalized shortly after pleading guilty to a federal criminal charge connected to alleged hush-money payments.Legal experts say that Dennis Hastert’s hospitalization is likely to delay his Feb. 29 sentencing and the illness could influence the federal judge’s decision on a punishment in his hush-money case. 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. Hastert also has been treated for sepsis, a potentially life-threatening complication of infection, and had two back surgeries while in the hospital, attorney Tom Green’s statement said. “We are very hopeful that Mr.

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. Hastert, 73, was admitted to an unspecified hospital during the first week of November, the week after he entered his plea before for a federal judge here. 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 “prior misconduct.” The Associated Press and other media outlets, citing anonymous sources, have reported 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. In the written plea agreement, the Illinois Republican directly acknowledged for the first time that he sought to pay someone $3.5 million to hide misconduct by Hastert against that person dating back several decades — about the time the longtime GOP leader was a high school wrestling coach. The 73-year-old Hastert pleaded guilty Oct. 28 to a felony count of evading bank reporting laws in a hush-money scheme. (AP Photo/Matt Marton File) A lawyer for the former U.S.

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. 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. Hastert’s lawyers are almost certain to ask for a delay in sentencing, though they could wait until weeks or even days before the February date to do so, said Gal Pissetzky, a Chicago attorney with no link to Hastert’s case. 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. 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.

Judges frequently put ailing or even terminally ill defendants behind bars, said a former assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago, Jeffrey Cramer, noting that several federal prisons are medically equipped to deal with such cases. Posted on the court docket Wednesday, it adds Hastert’s current legal plight “may reflect mistakes in how he structured withdrawals” but that as speaker, Hastert “was known as a man of integrity.” Attempts to reach Pollard were not successful. Hastert began to structure the withdrawals in smaller amounts to get around reporting regulations, gathering $952,000 through at least 106 transactions of less than $10,000 each, the plea agreement says.

Two people briefed on an F.B.I. inquiry said that the money had gone toward covering up claims of sexual misconduct with a male student decades ago, but no details of the misconduct or about the identity of Individual A emerged in court proceedings or documents.

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