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    Dennis Hastert Scandal

    3.5 million in hush money!



    http://nypost.com/2015/06/05/student...astert-sister/

    WASHINGTON — A Montana woman says the FBI interviewed her last month about her allegations that her brother was sexually abused while in high school by Dennis Hastert, the wrestling coach who would become speaker of the House.

    Hastert was charged last week in a federal indictment that alleges he agreed in 2010 to pay $3.5 million to someone from Yorkville, the Illinois town where he taught and coached high school wrestling, so the person would stay quiet about “prior misconduct.”

    Jolene Burdge of Billings, Montana, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the FBI interviewed her in mid-May about Hastert. She said her brother told her before he died in 1995 that his first homosexual contact was with Hastert and that it lasted through all of his high school years.
    Burdge would not disclose her brother’s name to AP but said he graduated from Yorkville High School in 1971 and that Hastert was his teacher and wrestling coach. Hastert was a teacher and coach in Yorkville from 1965 to 1981, according to the indictment.

    In an interview aired Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Burdge identified her brother as Stephen Reinboldt, and said Hastert had been a father figure to him in high school. But she also said she believed Hastert had caused him irreparable harm.

    “He damaged Steve, I think, more than any of us will ever know,” she told the morning show.
    The AP could not independently verify her allegations.

    A person familiar with the allegations in the indictment has told the AP that the payments mentioned in the document were intended to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

    Hastert has not been charged with sexual abuse. But Burdge’s story indicates there could be more victims beyond the “Individual A” named in the indictment.

    Hastert did not respond to a message left on his cellphone early Friday. Emails and phone messages sent to his son, Ethan Hastert, also went unanswered.

    The FBI did not respond to a request for comment on Burdge’s allegations.

    Reinboldt died in Los Angeles in 1995 at the age of 42. Burdge told ABC that he died of AIDS.
    An obituary published in The (Aurora) Beacon News said Reinboldt had “a unique and fascinating mind” and was drawn to the arts, especially film, drama and music.

    He was a manager of the wrestling team that Hastert coached, the AP found. He was also manager of the football team, student council president and a member of the pep club, letterman’s club, the French club and the yearbook staff.

    He graduated in 1971 and later moved to the Los Angeles area, where he worked for Columbia Pictures in sales and distribution. He also worked for several software companies.

    “He wanted to be in TV and film and all that,” his brother, Daniel Reinboldt, told the AP on Thursday. “He went to New York and L.A., back and forth, trying to get into the movie business.”
    On Thursday, Daniel Reinboldt, who still lives in Yorkville, refused to talk to the AP about whether his brother was abused by Hastert. Another sister, Carol Reinboldt, of Lakewood, Colorado, did not respond to messages.

    Burdge said her brother told her about his past with Hastert in 1979, after she graduated high school, but never brought his story out into the open because he feared “nobody would believe him.”
    “He never had a life,” she said. “He spent his life trying to run away from it and trying to dull the pain.”

    The federal indictment, announced May 28, accuses Hastert of evading bank regulations by withdrawing hundreds of thousands of dollars and lying to the FBI about the reason for the withdrawals. The document says Hastert agreed to pay someone identified only as “Individual A” to “compensate for and conceal (Hastert’s) prior misconduct” against that person. But it does not go into any detail about the alleged misconduct.

    The former congressman, who has a home in the Chicago suburb of Plano, has not been seen in public since the indictment was announced. He resigned from the Washington lobbying firm where he worked.

    Burdge considered telling her brother’s story in 2006, as a scandal involving Rep. Mark Foley unfolded. Foley, a Florida Republican, was discovered sending inappropriate emails and sexually explicit instant messages to former House pages while Hastert was speaker.

    Burdge spoke briefly with news outlets, including the AP, but she ultimately decided against coming forward with a statement at that time.

    Hastert was later criticized for failing to follow up on warnings about Foley’s conduct. He stepped down in 2007.

    Burdge said in the last six months, she had started to put her brother’s story “on the shelf” trying to move past it. Then the FBI visited her home.

    Today, she says she is hopeful that any other victims come forward. “We can help each other,” Burdge said.

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    Hush money, or extortion/blackmail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by garhkal View Post
    Hush money, or extortion/blackmail?
    It sounds like it may have started as hush money and over time developed into extortion. The man whom Speaker Hastert is alleged to have abused died some time ago; so I wonder who he was paying money to (the sister, the brother, someone from the town who knew about it all these years?)
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    Hastert worked for a public school system until he was elected to congress in 1987. His net worth was $270,000 when he entered congress.

    When he left congress in 2007 he was worth millions, making the money from real estate deals.

    I'm guessing if the FBI starts poking around his land deals he is going to have even more legal woes.

    From Wiki

    Financial disclosure documents indicate that Hastert made a fortune from land deals during his time in Congress.[86] Hastert entered Congress in 1987 with a net worth of no more than $270,000.[20] At the time, his most valuable asset was an 104-acre farm in southern Illinois (which his wife had inherited), worth between $50,000 and $100,000.[86] When Hastert left Congress twenty years later, he reported a significantly increased net worth, variously reported as between $4 million and $17 million[20] and between $3.1 million and $11.3 million.[86] Much of this increase in net worth was the result of various real-estate investments during Hastert's time in Congress (including the controversial land deal several miles from the proposed Prairie Parkway site).[86] At the time Hastert left Congress, much of his net worth remained tied up in real-estate holdings.[20]
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    One of the things that struck me as odd, during the course of the election, was how in the Hell we could have a Former Republican Speaker of the House go to jail (for paying $ Millions in hush-money to cover up his crimes as serial child molester) and the DNC & mainstream media barley even batted an eye.

    And now with the Weiner/Podesta email "PizzaGate" going viral (Despite their non-coverage of it) we know why they didn't press it... I think as this DC pedophilia ring gets blown open, we'll see this getting tied back into the Hastert scandal.

    Thoughts?


    https://www.google.com/#q=pizzagate&tbm=vid
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainmaker View Post
    Crickets.....

    And as if this story couldn't get any stranger.....

    The so called "gunman", who allegedly "terrorized" Comet Ping Pong with an "assault rifle", while claiming to self investigate the "conspiracy theory", is coincidentally...... an out of work, starving actor named 'Edgar Maddison Welch'......

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2625901/
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    I hope haster gets the bloody book tossed at him!

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    Quote Originally Posted by garhkal View Post
    I hope haster gets the bloody book tossed at him!
    Hastert went to jail this past summer.

    You might of missed it, because (((the mainstream media))) was saturating the airwaves with hysterical "reporting" about Trump being the 2nd coming of Adolph Hitler.

    Now, if this homo-pervert behaves himself, he'll be a free man in less than a year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainmaker View Post
    Hastert went to jail this past summer.

    You might of missed it, because (((the mainstream media))) was saturating the airwaves with hysterical "reporting" about Trump being the 2nd coming of Adolph Hitler.

    Now, if this homo-pervert behaves himself, he'll be a free man in less than a year.
    True dat, they still ARE darn near 24/7 still ranting about trumps win..

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    Believe this is the first investigation done by a mainstream journalist (CBS news affiliate) into the Pizzagate conspiracy theory w/o automatically dismissing it as "fake news" ......Interesting timing...

    CBS News Ben Swann does a "Reality Check" on Pizzagate.

    "After looking at much of the current evidence, Ben Swann asks a very good question.... "Why is no one investigating this?"



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GZFHLAcG8A

    Starting at 4:15 in he talks about John Podesta's "close relationship" to Dennis Hastert (as revealed by wikileaks).
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