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Hastert seeks probation, offers vague apology for 'misconduct'

• Politico

Lawyers for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert are asking a federal judge to spare him jail time for violating a federal anti-money laundering law, but are remaining vague about the nature of the decades-old misconduct he agreed to pay at least $3.5 million to keep quiet. In a filing submitted to a federal judge in Chicago, Hastert's legal team acknowledged that he caused harm to others with his behavior years ago, but they did not offer any detailed response to claims that the former speaker had sexual contact with students when he was an Illinois high school teacher and wrestling coach before entering politics in the 1980s.