Hastert court deadline approaches

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Former Republican Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, is facing an important, federal court deadline this week.

Hastert is charged with illegally structuring nearly $1 million in bank withdrawals. He is accused of using so-called “hush money” to cover up alleged, past misconduct with an acquaintance.

He’s also charged with lying to the FBI about what he did with the money.

Hastert has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A woman claims Hastert had sexual contact with her late brother, who worked closely with Hastert during his high school years as equipment manager for the wrestling team.

Hastert is not charged with any crime relating to the abuse of students.