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Dennis Hastert to be arraigned on hush-money charges

Dennis Hastert to be arraigned on hush-money charges

Former U.S. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert will trigger a media frenzy when he arrives at the federal courthouse in downtown Chicago on Tuesday to answer to charges of hush money payments and lying to federal agents, but his long-awaited first court appearance may leave more questions than answers. After nearly two weeks in hiding since the bombshell indictment grabbed the national spotlight, the 73-year-old Illinois Republican is scheduled to appear before U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Durkin for an arraignment, a procedural hearing that's usually over in minutes and is rarely illuminating. Still, the appearance of a man once second in line to the U.S. presidency on criminal...

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