May 30, 2015 11:00 pm -


 (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Denny Hastert is due to be arraigned next week.

Preliminary bail for Hastert was set at $4,500 by a federal magistrate, and the 20-year-lawmaker remained free Friday. Hastert’s formal arraignment in federal court will be held sometime next week, according to Justice Department officials.

Hastert, 73, has been charged with illegally “structuring” more than $950,000 in bank withdrawals in a way to avoid reporting requirements on such transactions and with lying to FBI agents when asked about the withdrawals…

Hastert resigned from a number of posts this week, including his lucrative lobbying job with the Washington, D.C. firm Dickstein Shapiro and his board position at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange…

Wheaton College also said Hastert had resigned from the board of advisors at the namesake center at his alma matter, J. Dennis Hastert Center for Economics, Government, and Public Policy.

”The College respects Mr. Hastert’s distinguished public service record and the due process being afforded him pursuant to the charges that have been filed against him,” Wheaton said in a statement.



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14 responses to Hastert Bail Set At $4,500

  1. Obewon May 30th, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    The namesake center at his alma matter will be renamed J. Dennis Hastert Center for diddling underage youth.

  2. Larry Schmitt May 30th, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    He can ask the guy he was paying off to cover his bail.

  3. Hirightnow May 30th, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    I made the mistake of scrapping metal OUTSIDE a house that I was assured had been, but wasn’t abandoned (100% my fault, I was a fool for listening to a ‘friend’…and no, we weren’t stealing wire or air conditioners, but garbage metal in the back yard), and my bail was 3X that!
    Nothing prior to that besides an old agg. assault charge from a decade prior that I was done with.
    THIS douchebag rips off hundreds of thousands of dollars,and his bail is little more than he would spend “entertaining” constituents in a night?
    Said it before, I’ll say it again: The more you steal, the less you have to worry about.

    • whatthe46 May 31st, 2015 at 7:02 am

      see how right your father was?

      • Hirightnow May 31st, 2015 at 9:42 am

        I sometimes wish that I had listened to the advice he gave me on my 8th birthday.

  4. nola878 May 31st, 2015 at 12:11 am

    $4,500? Really?

    Pocket change to him. Real money for the rest of us.

    • whatthe46 May 31st, 2015 at 6:53 am

      maybe if he had thrown a brick into a fk’n car window, it would have been 1/2 a mil. disgusting.

    • robert May 31st, 2015 at 7:32 pm

      it will mostly depend if the $$$$$$$ gift recipient comes forward with his story or has additional names ? denny isn’t out of the woods yet

  5. William May 31st, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Bail is not punishment. Bail amount is based upon the defendants likelihood to appear in court.

    • BigDumbWhiteGuy May 31st, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      If only that were the way things really worked.

  6. Snick1946 May 31st, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    This story is being low-balled on RW media and on GOP leaning newspapers. My paper buried it on page 6 two days in a row and today has no mention of it at all. Can you imagine if this were a Democrat?

    • ohpaleasegivemeabreak June 1st, 2015 at 6:21 pm

      Hell – I don’t think the local rag where I live even bothered to report Bernie getting in.

      They hardly ever report on what Governor Mattress Mary The Adulteress Fallin signs into law.

      If they did the people would be horrified.

      • Snick1946 June 1st, 2015 at 7:32 pm

        Sounds like you live in OK- haven’t heard the stuff about your governor- we have enough issues with ours in NE. Our legislature abolished capital punishment but he wants to go ahead and execute all 30 people on death row- right away. They’re all alike- at least the ones with an ‘R’ after the name.

  7. ohpaleasegivemeabreak June 1st, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Isn’t that a smaller amount of money than what the judge donated to his campaigns?