Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has hired famed attorney Thomas Green to represent him against charges of lying to the FBI and making cash withdrawals designed to hide that he was paying someone off for his “misconduct” years ago.
Hastert is due to appear in court on Tuesday to enter a plea, according to ABC News.
He went into hiding 10 days ago after being indicted on federal charges in late May. Hastert was first spotted out on Monday driving home to Plano, Illinois, from his Wisconsin vacation home in order to prepare for his court date.
Last week, a woman stepped forward claiming that her brother had been sexually abused by Hastert while he was a wrestling coach at Yorkville High School in Illinois.
The now-deceased man, identified as Steve Reinboldt, had allegedly been abused for years while he served as the student equipment manager of the wrestling team.
“Mr. Hastert had plenty of opportunities to be alone with Steve, because he was there before the meets,” Reinboldt’s sister Jolene said. “He was there after everything because he did the laundry, the uniforms. So he was there by himself with him.”
Reinboldt died of AIDS-related causes in 1995. “[Hastert] damaged Steve, I think, more than any of us will ever know,” Jolene said.
Hastert has not responded to the allegations.
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