Ex-House speaker Dennis Hastert makes 1st court appearance

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CHICAGO — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is set to appear in court for the first time since an indictment handed down nearly two weeks ago alleged that he agreed to pay $3.5 million to keep past misconduct secret.

The 76-year-old Illinois Republican will enter a plea to charges that he broke banking laws and lied to FBI investigators about the money. The arraignment is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday in federal court in Chicago.

The indictment doesn’t say what Hastert was trying to keep secret.

But a person familiar with the allegations told The Associated Press the payments were intended to conceal claims Hastert sexually molested someone decades ago. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.



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