Dennis Hastert Allegedly Paid Hush Money to Conceal Past Sexual Misconduct Dating Back More Than 30 Years Ago
DRIP, DRIP, DRIP … HEAD-SHAKING SAD AND SICK.
It is being reported by CBS News that the former Republican U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert allegedly agreed to pay millions of dollars in “hush money” to conceal accusations of sexual misconduct in his past. Most crimes are like an iceberg, what we see initially is only a small fraction of the actual crime. This appears to be the case as well with the accusations against former Speaker Dennis Hastert. Although Hastert is not being indicted for the alleged sexual misconduct, the misconduct mentioned in court documents refers to sexual misconduct dating back more than 30 years. Hastert was a teacher and wrestling coach in Yorkville, Illinois from 1965 to 1981. The federal indictment is for tax evasion and lying to the IRS. Put 1 and 1 together and we get Dennis Hastert was paying a former student from Yorkville, IL to conceal his alleged sexual abuse of the youth that took place while Hastert was a teacher and wrestling coach at a high school.
Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert allegedly agreed to pay millions of dollars in “hush money” to conceal accusations of sexual misconduct in his past, two law enforcement officials told CBS News.
Law enforcement sources say the misconduct mentioned in court documents refers to sexual misconduct dating back more than 30 years. From 1965-1981, Hastert was a popular teacher and wrestling coach in Yorkville, Illinois.
Hastert was indicted and charged Thursday with violating federal banking laws and lying to FBI investigators. According to the indictment, Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in 2010 to a person identified only as “Individual A,” in an effort to “compensate and conceal” Hastert’s “prior misconduct.”
The indictment did not reveal details of the misconduct, but it did note that Hastert and Individual A have known each other for “most of Individual A’s life” and that the individual is from the same Illinois town where Hastert was a teacher and coach.
Hastert’s former employer, the Yorkville School District, said in a statement Friday that it was “first made aware of any concerns regarding Mr. Hastert when the federal indictment was released on May 28, 2015.”
“It goes back a long way, back to then,” the official said. “It has nothing to do with public corruption or a corruption scandal. Or to his time in office.” Thursday’s indictment described the misconduct “against Individual A” as having “occurred years earlier,” noting that Hastert had known the person “most of Individual A’s life.”
When asked about the nature of Hastert’s alleged misconduct, the law enforcement official said, “It was sex.’’
Hastert has not responded to requests for comment. A representative of the lobbying firm where he had worked, Dickstein Shapiro, declined to comment.
If all this is true, it is truly despicable. The crimes for which the former GOP speaker was indicted for would pale in comparison for the ones that he was trying to keep quiet. But most likely the statue of limitations ran out on those years ago. However, I will ask the following question, isn’t it telling that you don’t see the liberal MSM trying to investigate the Clinton Foundation Scandals and the role that Hillary Clinton took part in it? The media only circles like blood thirty sharks when it is a Republican that has done wrong.
10 Years Later Google Earth Image Offers New clues & Raises New Questions in Natalee Holloway Case … Was There Construction Taking Place at Marriott Aruba Surf Club … See Pics for Yourself
Tomorrow will mark 10 years that Alabama teen Natalee Holloway went missing in Aruba. After all the searches, all the lies, all the incompetent police work, all the cronyism, all the corruption and all the cover up, Natalee Holloway is still missing and is presumed dead. At the heart of Natalee’s disappearance and death is the prime suspect who was last seen with her, Joran Van der Sloot. Also at the root of the Natalee Holloway disappearance was a Caribbean Islands attempt to not have their tourism hurt by the case.
Recently a witness has come forward, Jurrien De Jong, who said he saw Natalee and Joran that fateful night in May 2005. De Jong said, “I saw that Joran was chasing Natalee into a small building under construction. In about five minutes he came out with Natalee in his arms, and slammed the body of Natalee on the floor, and then he made an opening in a crawl space … I knew she was dead.” Actually, Jurrien De Jong is not a new witness to the case because he said similar comments in 2010. Jurrien De Jong spoke with Diario and said that Joran killed Natalee at the Marriott Aruba Surf Club that was under construction.
Their right is the Marriott Aruba Surf Club Phase 3, in terms of structure is finished and only needs to be finished and left, a row of containers.
Joran suggests that stars and look at Natalee’s remark that there is already a roof on the hotel is right, then he points to show a small building at the very end of the site.
If your building plan of the hotel on Google Earth satellite image of June 22, 2005 submit, you will find that this building is the start of the emergency stairwell # 3 of “The Spyglass Tower”.
They run inside, climb on the landing, go through the stairs to the first floor and steps in a “half” room, which later the space behind the elevators would be.
He then takes her in his arms and running down the stairs and puts her on the landing. He jumps down, pulls her into the hallway and grabbed a fire with a twist smacks her on the ground. Then he pushes the sand to crawl away and he pulls Natalee at her feet inside. He crawls to the end of the room and stuffed with sand near the crack. His shoes, where blood is, he kicks off and leaves behind this spot.
However, Aruba Chief Prosecutor Eric Olthof dismisses Jurrien De Jong’s story that he saw Joran Van der Sloot kill Natalee Holloway at this location. But we know ARUBA IS CORRUPT AS HELL.
“Even though Mr. De Jong has not presented more plausible proof of his claims (his current testimony is identical to the one he gave in 2013 to the Prosecutor’s Office), Chief Prosecutor Olthof commissioned the police to contact the management of the Marriott -considering the type of case, the importance of the case and the long duration of the disappearance of Natalee Holloway- with the request to supply information about the state of the construction site of the Spyglass Tower of the Marriott hotel on the 30th of May 2005,” Angela said in the press release. “In short: what was built and what was not yet built on that 30th of May 2005, the night of the disappearance of Natalee?”
Recently the Prosecutor’s Office received the requested information from the management of the Marriott based in Orlando. “From this information, it becomes indisputably clear that on the 30th of May 2005, no construction or building activities were started at the location that Mr. De Jong has specifically pointed out as the spot where Natalee Holloway would have been hidden and/or buried,” according to Angela’s press release. “More concretely: the foundation of the Spyglass Tower (that still had to be built at the time) and of the staircase of the Spyglass Tower was not in place. This means that Natalee Holloway could never have been hidden and/or buried there.”
The Aruban authorities and the Marriott claim that the construction of Spyglass Tower at the Marriott Aruba Surf Club claim that it was not under construction at the time. REALLY? Judge for yourself from the picture taken from Google Earth 2005.
On the other hand, some signs complicate Marriott’s official time line of the construction of Spyglass Tower. A satellite image from Google Earth taken in June 2005, just a few weeks after Natalee Holloway disappeared, shows what appears to be the blurry outlines of structures that could resemble a construction site.
Holloway’s father says he remembers the site from the day after his daughter’s disappearance. “I can tell you for a fact. I was there on June 1, and there was definitely construction in that area,” he says.
Holloway says he has information that construction began in February, but he was not clear on how he knows. Natalee Holloway was last seen on May 30, 2005.
CNN’s Savidge received this statement from Jeff Flaherty of global corporate relations at Marriott International Inc.: “Mr. de Jong has contacted Marriott in the past and each time we have suggested to Mr. de Jong that he present his account of the matter to the authorities. As we have done all along, we cooperate fully with the authorities whenever they are conducting an official investigation.”
For his part, de Jong says he believes authorities are dragging their feet.
“It’s the inconvenient truth. It would damage the image of Aruba as one happy island,” he says.
Oltholf won’t say that de Jong is lying, but says his statement can’t be true.
For much more information, past and present, to read others analysis and comments and to provide your own, go to Scared Monkeys Forum: Natalee Holloway.
6 Year Old Jadianna Larson Missing Since 5/28/15 in Sacramento County, CA (VIDEO) (Update: Endangered Missing Advisory Issued)
6 year old Jadianna Larson has been missing since Thursday, May 28, 2015 in Sacramento County, California. Jadianna Larson was last seen at 11 AM on Thursday at her apartment where she lived with her mother in the 3900 block of 47th Avenue, near Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard. She is being considered an at risk missing person. The missing 6 year old was being taken care of by her mother’s boyfriend at the apartment. However, when the girl’s mother returned home at 8:30 PM, she discovered her boyfriend passed out from a seizure and her daughter was gone. Jadianna Larson is described as a light skinned African-American girl, 3 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 60 pounds. She has brown ear-length curly hair, brown eyes and a birthmark on the center of her forehead and was last seen wearing light blue Disney pajamas.
At this point there has been no AMBER ALERT issued.
The search is on for a 6-year-old girl who went missing from an apartment complex in Sacramento County.
Jadianna Larson was last seen at 11 a.m. Thursday at her apartment where she lived with her mother in the 3900 block of 47th Avenue, according to Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies.
Larson was being taken care of by her mother’s boyfriend at the apartment. When the girl’s mother arrived home at 8:30 p.m., she discovered her boyfriend passed out from a seizure, and Larson was nowhere to found, investigators said.
Larson is 3 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 60 pounds. She has brown ear-length curly hair, brown eyes and a birthmark on the center of her forehead, officers said.
The little girl was last seen wearing light blue Disney pajamas.
UPDATE I: Search Underway For Missing 6-Year-Old Girl.
An endangered missing advisory has been issued for a 6-year-old girl in South Sacramento who has not been seen since Thursday morning. Investigators with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department said Jadianna Larson has not been in school this week.
Detectives are calling Jadianna missing and at risk. At 10 a.m. Friday, they issued an endangered missing advisory for the girl, which means CHP then broadcasts Jadianna’s information to a larger audience in the hopes of locating the girl.
Anyone with information about Larson’s whereabouts is asked to call the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department at 916-874-5115.
Former GOP Speaker of the House indicted …
Former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) was indicted on federal charges of tax evasion and lying to the FBI. As reported at the WAPO, in 2010, Hastert agreed to give an unnamed person $3.5 million “to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct against Individual A.” The “prior misconduct” occurred before Hastert entered politics in 1981 as he was elected to the Illinois state House in the election of 1980. It would appear that Hastert was paying $3.5 million in hush money to an individual and got busted.
Read the Indictment HERE.
The Justice Department has indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert on reporting evasion charges and lying to the FBI as part of an effort to conceal paying off the victim of “prior bad acts.
In an indictment handed down in the District Court of Northern Illinois, the Department of Justice and IRS charged Hastert, 73, with illegally transferring funds in an effort to avoid detection by the IRS, a scheme known as “structuring.”
In the indictment, Hastert is accused of agreeing to pay one individual $3.5 million.
Although the indictment does not specify the “bad acts,” sources said they could be from before Hastert, who is now a lobbyist in Washington, entered politics in 1980. The indictment does, however, claim that Hastert agreed to make the payments “[d]uring … 2010 meetings and subsequent discussions.” In at least one of those meetings, according to the indictment, Hastert and the individual “discussed past misconduct by [Hastert against the individual] that had occurred years earlier.”
The bail amount, included in court documents made public Friday, will allow Mr. Hastert to stay out of custody until he is scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment. An arraignment hasn’t yet been scheduled, but will probably take place in the coming days.
Mr. Hastert hasn’t appeared in public or commented on the charges. The case was assigned to U.S. Judge Thomas Durkin.
UPDATE II: So what is the law that Denis Hastert broke?
* The law Hastert allegedly broke dictates that any cash withdrawal over $10,000 be accompanied by a Currency Transaction Report filed by the bank to the federal government. “The federal law requiring these reports was passed to safeguard the financial industry from threats posed by money laundering and other financial crime,” according to the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN). “To comply with this law, financial institutions must obtain personal identification information about the individual conducting the transaction such as a Social Security number as well as a driver’s license or other government issued document. This requirement applies whether the individual conducting the transaction has an account relationship with the institution or not.” These regulations grew out of the Bank Secrecy Act of 1970, which is formally known as the “Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act of 1970.”
* The federal investigation into Hastert’s withdrawal practice began in 2013 due to concerns that Hastert was “structuring” withdrawals to avoid the reporting requirements. Structuring, which is also called “smurfing,” is a purposeful attempt to break up large cash withdrawals to keep them from drawing scrutiny. It’s a common practice in money laundering and gambling. Between June 2010 and April 2012, Hastert took $50,000 out of his bank accounts on 15 different occasions. When questioned about those practices by bank officials, Hastert began taking out less than $10,000 at a time to avoid detection, a classic case of structuring or smurfing, if true.
* When confronted about his withdrawals by federal officials in late 2014, Hastert allegedly lied — insisting that he was keeping the cash for himself. Hastert said that he “did not feel safe with the banking system,” adding: “Yeah … I kept the cash. That’s what I’m doing.” Lying to federal officials is, obviously, a crime.
UPDATE III: Hastert resigns lobbying position after indictment.
Former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) has resigned from his position as a lobbyist at law and lobby firm Dickstein Shapiro following a federal indictment released Thursday, according to a firm spokesman.
“Dennis Hastert has resigned from the firm. Scott Thomas will continue to lead the Public Policy & Political Law Practice,” a firm spokesman said in an email to The Hill.
Hastert’s biography was removed from the firm’s website Thursday. In a statement issued late Thursday, a Dickstein Shapiro spokesman said only that “Dennis Hastert has resigned from the firm.” Hastert also resigned Thursday from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange board, according to reports.
MICHAEL JACKSON’S ‘NEVERLAND’ RANCH IS FOR SALE …
For just a cool $100 million you to can own Michael Jackson’s former “Neverland” ranch. Well sort of. The 2,700-acre estate in Santa Barbara County, complete with 22 structures, a 22,000 sq ft home and with two guest houses is no longer called “Neverland” but instead “Sycamore Valley Ranch.” Gone are the animals, the amusement rides and the train. ARE YOU SERIOUS, THE ANIMALS, RIDES AND BUBBLES ARE GONE? How about the train, please tell me it still has the train. Wait, WSJ is reporting the train lives, its still there. But ABC is stating in the article below that the train is gone.
CHECK OUT NEVERLAND WITH THE RIDES AND ANIMALS … AND UNSETTLING WITH KIDS
The wanted to change the name of ‘Neverland’ to get away from the stigma associated with the former King of Pop. Rather than “Sycamore,” that was the name of the estate was built in 1981 by real estate developer William Bone … how about some other suggestions, ‘Pedoland,” “Molestalot,” or my personal favorite … are you out of your mind, who the hell would pay $100 million for this place-land.
Michael Jackson’s former California ranch “Neverland” is hitting the market for $100 million.
Now called “Sycamore Valley Ranch,” you won’t find the carnival rides and Bubbles the chimpanzee that the late performer had on the 2,700-acre estate. But there’s still the floral clock that spells “Neverland” by the train station and train tracks, plus a llama at the Los Olivos property in Santa Barbara County.
Sotheby’s and Hilton and Hyland have the listing, The Wall Street Journal first reported.
Suzanne Perkins of Sotheby’s International Realty told ABC News the property is the “most spectacular ranch I’ve had the privilege of seeing” since she sold the $145 million El Cojo ranch in 2007, along the California coastline.
Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 at his home in Los Angeles from an overdose. His physician Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in 2011.
The WSJ is saying that the listing agents warned they will be doing “extensive prequalification” of potential buyers before showing the property. “Our seller is not encouraging a lot of showings,” Mr. Hyland said. “We’re not going to be giving tours,” Ms. Perkins added. Well if you want to have a tour and see inside the Home, take a look back at the below VIDEO from NBC News in 2009.
The 2,700-acre ranch in Santa Ynez Valley features such amenities as a train station, six-bedroom house, 50-seat movie theater and a pair of lakes, It has been in limbo since Jackson’s death in 2009.
Jackson originally paid $19.5 million for the oak- and sycamore-studded property in 1988 and rechristened it Neverland after Peter Pan’s island dwelling. He soon added such over-the-top amenities as a zoo and small amusement park, which have since been removed.
The real estate company Colony Capital LLC bailed out Jackson in 2008 after he defaulted on the $24.5 million that he owed on the property.
Oologah, OK Police Officer Shot in Head During Police Pursuit (Update: Police Arrest Cesar Rios & Roxanne Mendoza)
DO POLICE LIVES MATTER?
A Oologah police officer was shot in the head during a police pursuit that went through Nowata, headed towards Coffeyville, Kansas Thursday evening. The incident took place on Highway 169 and County Road 3420 in Nowata County. The officer was transported by Lifeflight to a hospital.
The Oologah police officer has been identified as officer Charles Neill, a U.S. Navy veteran who’s been with the department for a year.
Highway 169 is shut down in Nowata County. Newson6 is reporting an officer-involved shooting just north of Nowata. Sources are reporting a police pursuit that went through Nowata, headed towards Coffeyville, Kansas Thursday evening.The officer was reportedly shot in the head and rolled the vehicle. The officer is reported to be awake and being transported by Lifeflight to a hospital. As of 9:45 P.M., Highway 169 is closed in both directions north of Nowata
Newson6 reports that two of the three suspects were caught near Coffeyville. Officers are reportedly chasing the third suspect through a wooded area. An unconfirmed text from a listener said the the officer may be from Oologah.
A Bartlesville Radio listener is reporting that they are seeing police cars from several jurisdictions.
Deputies arrested two people who were in Garcia’s car throughout the chase. Cesar Rios, 23, and Roxanne Mendoza, 20, fled into nearby woods, separating from Garcia after the chase ended. Rios and Mendoza were soon taken into custody in Independence, Kan.
Deputies arrested 30-year-old Alejandro Garcia near Liberty, Kansas Friday morning. Authorities say Garcia carjacked an elderly man and shot him. That victim is expected to recovery from his injuries.
Garcia is being held in the Montgomery County jail.
Deputies say 30-year-old Alejandro Garcia, 23-year-old Cesar Rios and 20-year-old Roxanne Mendoza are involved in a police chase and the shooting that hospitalized an Oologah police officer.
The officer is in stable condition after wrecking his vehicle on highway 169.
Rios and Mendoza were captured near Coffeyville last night, but Garcia escaped into the woods near Liberty, KS. After an overnight standoff, Kansas authorities captured Garcia around 7 a.m. on Friday.
GDP Grew 0.2% For Q1 2015 >>> GDP Shrank 0.7% For Q1 2015.
The GDP was originally said to have grown at a meager 0.2% for the first quarter of 2015 back in April. That was bad enough, however, it gets worse. The GDP was revised down to -0.7%. That means that the economy actually shrank by 0.7%. There was no growth. Way to go Barack Obama with your lousy economic plan that has done nothing but make money for the Wall Street ultra-rich. The GDP in Q4 2014 was 2.6%. It would appear we are headed in the wrong direction. The report was the government’s second estimate of first-quarter GDP. It will publish a final estimate in June. Wow, it may actually get revised to an even worse number.
A tax cut or reduction of regulation is certainly not on the table for this socialist president. Of course Obama and his minions will point to the unemployment number of 5.4% for the uninformed in America. The reality is that unemployment is in double digits.
The U.S. economy went into reverse in the first three months of this year as a severe winter and a widening trade deficit took a harsher toll than initially thought.
The overall economy as measured by the gross domestic product contracted at an annual rate of 0.7 percent in the January-March period, the Commerce Department reported Friday.
The revised figure, weaker than the government’s initial estimate of a meager 0.2 percent growth rate, reflects a bigger trade gap and slower consumer spending. It marked the first decline since a 2.1 percent contraction in the first three months of 2014, a slump that was also blamed on winter weather.
Daily Commentary – Friday, May 29, 2015 – US Immigration Laws Are a Mess, It’s Hard For Some to Get a Work Visa
- I know, my son is trying to get his work visa and is at the bottom of the list
Daily Commentary – Friday, May 29, 2015 Download
- After 46 years at CBS, 78 year old Bob Schieffer will retire this summer
Laura McComb and Her Two Children, 6 Year Old Andrew McComb & 4 Year Old Leighton McComb Missing Since Memorial Day Weekend in Wimberly, TX
BEYOND TRAGIC … MOTHER AND TWO CHILDREN STILL MISSING AND PRESUMED DEAD …
Laura McComb and her two children, 6 year old Andrew McComb and 4 year old Leighton McComb are still missing following the massive floods that hit Texas over the Memorial Day weekend. They were among 12 people who went missing as the vacation home in Wimberly, Texas, was ripped from its foundation in the rapid flood waters of the Blanco River (VIDEO). Jonathan McComb, was pulled from the floodwaters and taken to a San Antonio hospital for treatment. The McCombs were with Ralph and Sue Carey along with their daughter, Michelle Charba, her husband Randy and their 4-year-old son, Will. All are still missing. Say a prayer for the missing and their family.
Jonathan McComb was rescued on the bank of the Blanco River, but his wife, Laura McComb, and two children,
in addition to others who were in a house that was swept away, remain missing. (Image source: KVUE-TV)
UPDATE I: Laura McComb Salled Her Sister and said, ‘I Love You, and Pray’ While Inside the House Floating Down the Blanco River Called Her Sister Before It Hit Bridge.
Missing mom’s sister Julie Shields says, “I think recognizing with what’s happening with the weather, we all know and we have accepted that they’re gone.”
Julie Shields said she was on the phone with her sister, Laura, when their cabin was swept away.
“We are floating in a house that is now floating down the river,” Laura told Shields on the phone. “Call mom and dad. I love you, and pray.”
Those were the last words Shields had with her sister.
“My sister will always be my sister,” Shields added.
The conversation ended when Laura thought she saw a light from a helicopter that was there to rescue them.
“And I just expected to go to Wimberley High School the next day and find her,” said Shields. “When she wasn’t there, I knew something was very, very wrong.”