Dennis Hastert Pleads Not Guilty to Lying to FBI
Dennis Hastert pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 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 has spent the last two weeks at his Wisconsin vacation home since being indicted on federal charges in late May. The former House Speaker, who recently hired famed attorney Thomas Green to represent him, returned to Chicago, Illinois, on Monday to prepare for his arraignment.
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.
In an exclusive interview with ABC, Jolene Reinboldt said that the disgraced former House Speaker abused her now-deceased brother Steve for years while he was the wrestling coach at Yorkville High School in Illinois.
She said she learned about the abuse in 1979, when Steve revealed he was gay. “I asked him, when was your first same-sex experience. He looked at me and said, ‘It was with Dennis Hastert,’ ” Jolene said. “I was stunned.”
Hastert has not commented on these allegations.
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