Hastert suffered stroke in November, lawyer says

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Dennis Hastert hospitalized since early November because of stroke.

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, 73, suffered a stroke and was admitted to an undisclosed hospital “during the first week of November,” attorney Thomas Green said in a statement. 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. Though both the plea agreement and the original indictment filed against Hastert earlier this year only hint at the alleged wrongdoing, federal law enforcement sources have told the Tribune that Hastert was paying to cover up the sexual abuse of a student from decades ago.

His plea agreement with prosecutors recommends a sentence ranging from probation to up to six months behind bars — the lowest possible sentence under federal guidelines for anyone convicted of a felony.

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