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Former US House Speaker Dennis “Denny” Hastert has been indicted on two federal charges, both related to his alleged payment of millions in hush money to someone blackmailing him about “past misconduct.” Two federal law enforcement officials told the Los Angeles Times’s Richard Serrano and Timothy Phelps that the hush money was specifically designed to cover up sexual abuse by Hastert of the blackmailer, who the officials say is male.

You can read the full indictment here:

Hastert Indictment

Hastert allegedly made hush money payments to cover up sexual abuse he perpetrated as a high school coach/teacher

The indictment refers to the blackmailer solely as “Individual A” and notes that he or she “has been a resident of Yorkville, Illinois and has known defendant John Dennis Hastert most of Individual A’s life.”

Nowhere in the indictment does it actually say what dirt Individual A had on Hastert, or why Hastert was so intent on keeping it a secret. According to a report by BuzzFeed’s John Stanton, Andrew Kaczynski, and Evan McMorris-Santoro, the indictment was left vague in part because the prosecutor was pressured by Hastert’s lawyers. The day after the indictment was made public, the LA Times’s Serrano and Phelps reported that Hastert was being blackmailed for sexual abuse he allegedly perpetrated during his time as a high school teacher and wrestling coach, before being elected to Congress. “It goes back a long way, back to then,” one official told them. “It has nothing to do with public corruption or a corruption scandal. Or to his time…

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