Ex-US House Speaker Dennis Hastert Recovering From Stroke

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

Dennis Hastert’s lawyer says in an emailed statement that the former U.S. house speaker who is awaiting sentencing in a hush-money case had a stroke more than a month ago and has been hospitalized since then. 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. 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. 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.

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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