Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison for illegally structuring money withdrawals to avoid federal reporting requirements, but he still has the backing of a few ex lawmakers he served with, according to BuzzFeed.
While the statute of limitations has run out, Hastert admitted Wednesday that he had abused young men on his wrestling team when he was their coach. Two Hastert allies, however, are standing by him even casting doubt on Hastert's guilt.
“I don’t know anything about the people who have come forward,” former Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA) told BuzzFeed in an interview. “I know somebody was trying to extort him for money and instead of punishing that person, why I guess they’ve been given immunity so they can cook up some phony crime of structuring and go after Denny Hastert and try and hurt his reputation and everything. That bothers me.”
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