|Gee, I wonder why us Gen-Xer's are so cynical about everything. At least Hastert wasn't in some Satanic sex cult like in True Detective. But is that scenario really so unbelievable?|
"Was the longest-serving Republican speaker of the U.S. House a sexual predator? Who were his victims? How many were there?
The crime to which Hastert confessed is illegally structuring cash withdrawals to evade financial reporting requirements, a felony.
The by now well-known, if hardly well understood, backstory — Hastert allegedly agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to conceal long-ago sexual misconduct involving a student at Yorkville High School — was left unexamined in court.
What's still missing is a full accounting of the part of the story that matters most — the part that happened during the 16 years that Hastert was a teacher and wrestling coach in Yorkville.
It was during that time that he allegedly sexually abused the person identified in the indictment as "Individual A." The sister of a second alleged victim who is now deceased says her brother also was sexually abused by Hastert during high school.
Hastert once held the third-highest elected office in the nation. He pleaded guilty to a crime much less serious than the one prosecutors couldn't or wouldn't pursue. It's fair to ask why they didn't, and fair to demand assurances that they determined the full scope of his misconduct before disposing of the case with a plea that will net him six months or less."