your internet resource on facebook on twitter on Google+ on soundcloud
phone: 202 630 8439
Dynamic Homes
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
Republican former congressman Dennis Hastert hit with charges

Filed Under: Abramoff Scandal | Law | Politics
More on: crime, dennis hastert, doi, house, illinois, land claims, land-into-trust, pbp, republicans, treaties

Dennis Hastert during his years in Congress. Photo from U.S. House of Representatives

A Republican former congressman who was tied to the Jack Abramoff scandal and once tried to extinguish tribal treaty rights was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday.

Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois) is accused of lying to the FBI about his attempts to evade federal banking laws. He repeatedly withdrew money from his accounts in order to pay $3.5 million to an unidentified person for "past misconduct," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The charges do not appear to be tied to Hastert's 20-year career in the U.S. House, where served as speaker for a record-setting eight years. He resigned in 2007 after being linked to the Abramoff scandal and for his handling of a different scandal involving a Republican colleague who was accused of inappropriate contact with Congressional pages.

Hastert, 73, denied any wrongdoing in connection with Abramoff. He accepted campaign contributions from the convicted lobbyist and asked the Bush administration to reject a land-into-trust application for an impoverished and small tribe in Louisiana at the urging of Abramoff's wealthy tribal clients.

Hastert also sponsored an ill-fated bill to extinguish all treaty rights in Illinois. He did so even though the Interior Department said tribes have strong claims to land in the state.

He repeatedly spoke out against tribes seeking to re-establish ties in Illinois. But after Republicans lost the House in November 2006, Hastert appeared at a public meeting with the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation from Kansas, whose leaders purchased land within an ancestral reservation that's located in the former congressman's district.

Hastert became a lobbyist after leaving Capitol Hill. He resigned from Dickstein Shapiro and his biography was removed from the firm's website yesterday as the indictment was being announced.

Get the Story:
Hastert, the accidental House speaker, faces own scandal after noted career (The Chicago Tribune 5/29)
Ex-Speaker Hastert charged with lying to FBI about hush money withdrawals (The Chicago Tribune 5/29)
Former House speaker Dennis Hastert indicted over alleged secret payments (The Washington Post 5/29)
U.S. Accuses Ex-House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert of Paying to Hide ‘Misconduct’ (5/28)

Copyright © Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:
On Facebook

On Twitter

On Google+

On SoundCloud
Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Trump singles out Bears Ears as an 'abuse' of government's power (4/26)
Doug George-Kanentiio: Let's call Columbus by what he truly was (4/26)
Native Sun News Today: Lakota youth set up beekeeping business (4/26)
Cronkite News: Trump seeks to hire thousands of border officers (4/26)
Doug Pibel: New film teaches us about value of indigenous seeds (4/26)
Jenn Weddle: 'Best possible result' from court in sovereignty case (4/26)
Peter d'Errico: Oneida architect offers indigenous approach to law (4/26)
Whiteclay liquor stores aim to stay open pending fight for licenses (4/26)
Support for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leads to recall in Alaska city (4/26)
Mishewal Wappo Tribe loses appeal in federal recognition lawsuit (4/26)
Police use tear gas & rubber bullets at indigenous protest in Brazil (4/26)
Mohegan Tribe wants gaming disputes resolved in judicial system (4/26)
Supreme Court hands defeat to tribal interests in sovereignty case (4/25)
Matthew Fletcher: 'Gamesmanship' brings defeat in Supreme Court (4/25)
Supreme Court relists petition in Gun Lake Tribe gaming land case (4/25)
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute team wins NASA prize (4/25)
Former top Bureau of Indian Affairs official joins Washington firm (4/25)
Native Sun News Today: Groups fight uranium mining in Black Hills (4/25)
Cronkite News: Budget deadline falls on Donald Trump's 100th day (4/25)
Mary Annette Pember: Indian Child Welfare Act heals our families (4/25)
André Cramblit: Tribes must make language survival a top priority (4/25)
Cowlitz Tribe welcomes big crowd to $510M casino in Washington (4/25)
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe sees more opposition to gaming win (4/25)
Pojoaque Pueblo loses big decision in gaming dispute with state (4/24)
Supreme Court takes no action on long-running tribal land case (4/24)
Yakama Nation landowners see $68M in Cobell buy-back offers (4/24)
Tim Giago: Sovereignty at risk with Donald Trump in White House (4/24)
Mark Trahant: Donald Trump & Republicans can't seem to govern (4/24)
Native Sun News Today: Chickasaw citizen donates prom dresses (4/24)
Steve Russell: The BEST advertisement for education in America (4/24)
Arlana Bennett: Picking cans with my father became our tradition (4/24)
Terese Mailhot: Maybe some people should be able to play Indian (4/24)
Charles Kader: Tribal communities still face threats to their lands (4/24)
3rd suspect sought in connection with death of elderly Native man (4/24)
Mashantucket Tribe expresses interest in growing industrial hemp (4/24)
Shutdown of federal government looms ahead of April 28 deadline (4/24)
Confederate monuments start coming down as Jackson stays put (4/24)
Blackfeet Nation citizens approve historic water rights settlement (4/21)
Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux woman still walking (4/21)
James Giago Davies: Our future is not bleak but bright with promise (4/21)
Rosalyn LaPier: Tradition blends with science in tribal communities (4/21)
Simon Moya-Smith: Media continues to peddle in Indian stereotypes (4/21)
Steven Newcomb: Bill in California dehumanizes indigenous peoples (4/21)
American Indian Library Association battles Trump's big budget cut (4/21)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.