Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) got a strange call from an Illinois resident last year in a C-SPAN segment that surfaced in light of allegations that he agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to an individual from the town of Yorkville.
Hastert was indicted Thursday on charges of structuring bank withdrawals to evade federal reporting requirements and lying to the FBI about those withdrawals. The indictment alleges Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million to an unidentified individual in compensation for “past misconduct” against that person that had occurred years earlier. The misconduct is not specified in the document.
The indictment identified that person only as “Individual A,” who lived most of his or her life in Yorkville, Illinois. The indictment also noted that Hastert taught and coached at a high school in Yorkville from 1967 to 1981, which suggests that the town is material to the unknown relationship between the former House speaker and “Individual A.”
Hastert appeared in November on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” where he fielded a call from an Illinois resident identifying as “Bruce.”
“Hello Denny,” the caller said.
“Hey, how are you doing?” Hastert responded.
“Pretty good. Remember me from Yorkville?” the caller answered. The caller paused, then laughed and apparently hung up.
“I think he’s gone. Let’s go to Ohio,” host Pedro Echevarria said, moving on with the segment.