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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert accused of hiding sex abuse of former student
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert accused of hiding sex abuse of former student

J. Dennis Hastert stumbled into political power amid a Republican sex scandal in 1998 that unexpectedly elevated the husky Illinoisan to a position just two heartbeats away from the presidency. He became the longest-serving Republican House speaker in U.S. history, but remained so proud of his days as a small-town high school teacher and wrestling coach that he relished the Capitol Hill nickname “Coach.” But this week those once-idolized small-town roots caught up with the 73-year-old Hastert, who in recent years has worked behind the scenes as a Washington power broker. On Friday, federal law enforcement officials said Hastert had paid $1.7 million over the last four years...

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