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Dennis Hastert to Break Two Week Silence in Court

Jun 09, 2015

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is scheduled to appear in federal court on Tuesday, where he will face charges of lying to FBI investigators about hush money payments to an unidentified associate in order to silence allegations of sexual misconduct.

Hastert has not appeared in public since he was indicted by a federal grand jury two weeks early, USA Today reports. He will appear in court on Tuesday for a brief arraignment proceeding, where he is scheduled to enter a plea before he is expected to be released.

Hastert has hired Thomas Green, a lawyer from the Austin-based firm, Sidley Austin, which at one point employed president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, NBC News reports.

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Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay pauses to listen to a question as he talks to reporters as he leaves a lunch meeting on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 in Washington. A Texas appeals court tossed the criminal conviction of DeLay on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, saying there was insufficient evidence for a jury in 2010 to have found him guilty of illegally funneling money to Republican candidates. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tx.) stepped down from his post as House majority leader in 2005 when a Texas grand jury indicted him on a conspiracy charge in his management of campaign finances. His corruption conviction was overturned in October.Carolyn Kaster—AP
Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay pauses to listen to a question as he talks to reporters as he leaves a lunch meeting on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 in Washington. A Texas appeals court tossed the criminal conviction of DeLay on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, saying there was insufficient evidence for a jury in 2010 to have found him guilty of illegally funneling money to Republican candidates. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - MARCH 08: Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, speaks during the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord International Hotel and Conference Center on March 8, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. The conference, a project of the American Conservative Union, brings together conservatives polticians, pundits and voters for three days of speeches and workshops. (Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)
Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tx.) stepped down from his post as House majority leader in 2005 when a Texas grand jury indicted him
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