Speaker Hastert

Denny Hastert's dark secret

Chicago Tribune Editorial Board

More than 100 times in 2 1/2 years, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert withdrew cash from his bank accounts to pay down a $3.5 million hush-money bargain, federal prosecutors say. So far prosecutors haven't said why, but Hastert allegedly agreed in 2010 to pay $3.5 million to an unnamed person to "compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct against Individual A."