Hastert Was Snagged By Patriot Act He Helped Pass
It was the Patriot Act that did Denny Hastert in, as Daniel Marins writes at the Huffington Post.
On Oct. 24, 2001, then-House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) shepherded the Patriot Act through the House of Representatives. It passed 357 to 66, advancing to the Senate and then-President George W. Bush’s desk for signing.
Hastert took credit for House passage in a 2011 interview, claiming it “wasn’t popular, and there was a lot of fight in the Congress” over it.
Little did Hastert know at the time that the law he helped pass would give federal law enforcement the tools to indict him on charges of violating banking-related reporting requirements more than a decade later…
The indictment suggests that law enforcement officials relied on the Patriot Act’s expansion of bank reporting requirements to snare Hastert. As the IRS notes, “the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 increased the scope” of cash reporting laws “to help trace funds used for terrorism.” The Bank Secrecy Act of 1970, which was amended by the Patriot Act, had already required banks to report suspicious transactions.
Hirightnow May 30th, 2015 at 5:02 pm
StoneyCurtisll May 30th, 2015 at 5:28 pm
I have to wonder…
Was Hastert willingly paying his victim to remain silent?..
Or was he being extorted?…(not that it makes any difference to me) Denny is still a pervert.
granpa.usthai May 31st, 2015 at 1:06 pm
nothing strikes FEAR into the hearts of RepubliCONS like:
(somebody have Shades on call just in case a Republicon is reading)
-it were why GW was all for giving his ‘friends’ on wall street a trillion – no questions asked.
whatthe46 May 30th, 2015 at 5:51 pm
Anomaly 100 May 30th, 2015 at 6:02 pm
nola878 May 30th, 2015 at 6:14 pm
Taken in by his own trap….nice!
granpa.usthai May 31st, 2015 at 1:08 pm
maybe Boehner can build a better speaker trap?
robert May 30th, 2015 at 7:24 pm
The Bank Secrecy Act of 1970, which was amended by the Patriot Act, had
already required banks to report suspicious transactions.
patriot act or not This reads like denny was going to get busted anyway
it was only a matter of time
rg9rts May 31st, 2015 at 9:54 am
I’ll bet all the rats on the hill learned from this experience……$10,000 limit and karma bites you in the butt LOL
David Ish May 31st, 2015 at 8:02 pm
Be careful what you want I might will get it
David Ish May 31st, 2015 at 8:03 pm
you just might get it