Hastert ‘deeply sorry’ for decades-old misconduct
Former House Speaker Denny Hastert is now showing remorse.
A sentencing memo filed by Hastert’s lawyers, in which they asked for probation, did not specify the “unfortunate and harmful incidents he caused decades ago.”
Last year Hastert pleaded guilty in the federal hush-money case, which stemmed from Hastert paying a person identified only as “Individual A” millions of dollars to cover up prior misconduct. Several news outlets later reported, citing federal law enforcement sources, that the money was compensation for sexual abuse of a former male student at the Illinois high school where Hastert once taught.
“First and foremost, Mr. Hastert is deeply sorry and apologizes for his misconduct that occurred decades ago and the resulting harm he caused to others,” the filing read. “He regrets that he resorted to structuring the withdrawal of his money from banks in an effort to prevent the disclosure of that misconduct.”