The House Votes to Halt Current Syrian Resettlement Program, Passing 289-137, Including 47 Democrats
SO MUCH FOR OBAMA SAYING THAT THE SYRIAN RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM IS JUST GOP POLITICS …
On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted 289-137 in favor of passing new criteria and background checks for refugees from Syria. The bill would suspend the program allowing Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the U.S. until key national security agencies certify they don’t pose a security risk. The Bill passed overwhelmingly and would appear to be veto-proof as 47 Democrats voted for the bill, HR 4038. The LIBS must be losing their collective minds that 47 Democrats voted in favor of their conscience, rather than blindly following the Obamamessiah.
Barack Obama is on the wrong side of this issue with the American people and it appears that he is more intent on getting his way than protecting the American people as he has threatened to veto this bill to use common sense approach to protect Americans and Obama’s own law enforcement top officials has come to the House and testified that there were gaps in the current refugee program.
Lawmakers in the U.S. House voted Thursday to essentially halt a program aimed at resettling thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing their war-torn homeland — a move that could potentially complicate President Obama’s Middle East policy efforts.
Later Thursday, the State Department said it was willing to “work” with Congress on changes to the Visa waiver program that helps bring nearly 20 million people from 38 countries to the U.S. ever year with less stringent screening.
“In light of the Paris attacks, we are certainly mindful that there are certain members of Congress that want to take another look at this,” State spokesman John Kirby. “We’re aware of some potential legislation coming. We’re going to continue to work with members of Congress on that, and any other concern they have.”
The House vote on the Syrian resettlement program, passing 289-137, reflects shifting sentiment on an issue where emotions have run deep in the aftermath of a deadly terror in Paris last week which left 129 dead. The House bill would require the FBI to create a background check of any refugee who spent time in Syria or Iraq after March 1, 2011.
The bill has a veto proof majority and 47 Democrats joined Republicans in voting against the measure. It is unclear if the Senate will take up the measure after they return from Thanksgiving recess.
“It’s a security test, not a religious test. This reflects our values. This reflects our responsibilities. And this is urgent,” Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters at his press conference on Thursday prior to the vote..
This was a vote to pass H.R. 4038 in the House.
A bill that would expand background checks on Iraqi and Syrian refugees hoping to enter the United States has moved quickly through congressional procedures. H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies SAFE Act, received a House vote on November 19, just two days after it was introduced. The vote succeeded 289-137 with almost all Republicans and 47 Democrats voting in favor. The President has said he would veto the bill if it also passes the Senate.
Millions of refugees from Syria and Iraq have been forced out of their homes as a result of the ongoing civil war in Syria and militarization by the Islamic State (ISIS). Many of these refugees hope to find sanctuary in the United States and European countries. Under existing law, the United States vets refugees for one-and-a-half to two years prior to allowing refugees to enter the country. If enacted, this bill would likely pause the screening process for a short time, while new background check procedures are developed, and then lengthen the time the screening process takes.
H.R. 4038 would expand the screening process for those refugees attempting to enter the United States by requiring the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to conduct its own background checks in addition to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS). Any refugee would be prohibited from entry until the FBI certifies that they pose no security threat. Refugees would only be admitted with the unanimous agreement of the FBI, DHS, and Director of National Intelligence.
Conservative Talk Show host Mark Levin is 100% correct regarding the phony political Conservative Republicans and those who defend them.
Take a good listen to Mark Levin via The Right Scoop. Levin calls it like it is as We the People get screwed by the GOP leadership as they sell us down the river and continually lie to our faces. I have to wonder at this point, what does the Republican party stand for anymore? We could get this type of government from Nancy Pelosi, as Boehner cut a deal with the White House on a budget deal by completely circumventing the political process.
I am sick and tired of pretend Conservatives defending John Boehner and Mitch McConnell when they are selling this country down the river. And that is exactly what they do. What does the republican party stand for?
This is a must listen for people who want to know the truth.
Speaker Boehner, a GOP Judas to the End … “Obama Wins on Budget Deal as John Boehner Cleans Out the Barn.”
ONCE AGAIN JOHN BOEHNER SHOWS WHY HE WAS TOSSED OUT AS SPEAKER AS HE COUNTS ON DEMOCRATS TO PASS BUDGET DEAL, NOT REPUBLICANS.
If you ever wonder why Republican Speaker of the House was forced to resign once needs to look no further than the most recent budget deal that Boehner secretly negotiated with Obama, outside the process. Once again, Obama took this crying fool Boehner to the cleaners as Boehner manages one last parting shot to GOP Conservatives. It is a budget bill that will be voted on in the House and is expected to pass, not with a GOP majority, but Democrat. It kind of makes you wonder exactly whose side Boehner is really on? As I said when I called and email my Congressman, if you vote for this bill or if it passes, what is the point of having a GOP majority in the House and if or when this does pass, you have lost my vote and you do not deserve to have the majority. We could get this kind of crap with Nancy Pelsosi as Speaker. Powerline points out just how pathetic and bad this spending bill truly is.
The budget agreement struck late Monday between the White House and Congress hands President Obama a clear victory, vindicating his hard line this year against spending limits that he argued were a drag on the economy and buying him freedom for the final 14 months of his term from the fiscal dysfunction that has plagued his presidency.
The deal is the policy equivalent of keeping the lights on — hardly the stuff of a bold fiscal legacy. But it achieves the main objective of his 2016 budget: to break free of the spending shackles he agreed to when he signed the Budget Control Act of 2011, an outcome, the president allowed Tuesday, that he could be “pretty happy” about.
For this fiscal year alone, the deal would add $50 billion in spending, divided equally between defense and domestic programs, as well as $16 billion for emergency war spending, half for the military, half for the State Department. Together, that represents an increase of $66 billion above the spending limits for 2016, not far off the $70 billion increase Mr. Obama requested.
From the moment he introduced his budget Feb. 2, Mr. Obama held firm on his demand that Congress break through the punishing across-the-board cuts known as sequestration in the Budget Control Act to provide equal increases to domestic and military spending. He promised to veto any spending bill that adhered to the statutory spending caps, made good on that threat this month by vetoing a popular defense policy bill, enlisted the support of congressional Democrats with whom his White House had sometimes sparred on budget matters, and capitalized on Republican divisions to get his way.
The result was a deal that would raise spending $80 billion, or about 1 percent, over the next two years while enacting an array of cuts that Democrats found palatable. The deal also would suspend the statutory debt limit — on track to be breached on Tuesday without action from Congress — until March 2017, beyond his presidency. It also contains a provision Ms. Pelosi had pressed for to avert large Medicare premium increases for some beneficiaries.
The budget deal faces last-minute protest by Republicans, but in the end it will probably make no difference because it is the Democrats that are going to supply the necessary vote to pass this Boehner bill. Cry me a river you Judas, Boehner cannot leave office fast enough. This SOB sold out his party, his principles and the People.
House Republicans are facing a last-minute uprising against Speaker John Boehner’s budget deal, as dozens of GOP lawmakers are telling leadership they might vote against the package because of changes to crop insurance programs, and other concerns.
Senior GOP lawmakers estimate that between 60 and 120 Republicans will vote for the package as is, leaving Democrats to supply the vast majority of votes, though the vote count is fluid at this time. Aides in both parties expect the bill to pass, but the number of GOP defections is a notable rebuke to Boehner and other top Republicans.
AS THE ESTABLISHMENT INSIDE THE BELTWAY REPUBLICANS AND MSM GO MENTAL … WE THE PEOPLE CELEBRATE!!!
In a shocking turn of events, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has dropped out of the race to become the new House Speaker. The heir apparent for the establishment “Inside the Beltway” Republicans and next in line to outgoing Speaker John Boehner has called it quits in his efforts to become Speaker.It was obvious that McCarthy could not get the 218 votes needed to become Speaker and he would just represent a continuation of the failed Boehner House Speaker years. Also, the handwriting was on the wall as to what he would represent to the GOP and those they represent when McCarthy made the comment last week regarding the Benghazi hearings and Hillary Clinton.
How many times do the establishment GOP leadership need to be slapped upside their heads by We the People before they get it? We are sick and tired of being attacked by GOP leadership. It is not the Democrats who attack us, its the limousine Republicans who think its more important to be in and remain in Washington, DC than it is to do what we elected them to do and gave them the majority to do so. As Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-R) said over the weekend, the people want change and a fresh face.
But let’s get a couple of things straight, as the liberal MSM would try and tell you and the Republican establishment media as well … The House is not in chaos. This is the process. This is what change looks like. This is what the political process looks like when Representatives finally do the will of the People they represent. This is what it looks like when the People get fed up with politicians who they elected into a majority to take on Obama’s liberal agenda, and sadly have acted like cowards.
Good grief as The Hill reports, the establishment GOP’s are in mourning and tears.
McCarthy stunned his his colleagues by telling them of his decision as they were preparing to cast ballots for Speaker. The election was immediately postponed.
Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) said McCarthy’s withdrawal drove some lawmakers to tears.
“The person next to me was crying,” he said.
As as an addendum, Paul Ryan is not the answer either. If the GOP does not get this right and do right by the folks who elected them to office in 2010 and again in 2012 and 2014, they will be thrown out of office in 2016. The GOP needs fresh new faces and new ideas. Hell, any ideas and a leader that will actually fight.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) Launched Campaign to Become House Speaker (VIDEO) … “I think the American Public wants to see a Change.”
A NOTE TO THE GOP ESTABLISHMENT … IT IS THE PEOPLE’S HOUSE!!!
As reported at The Politico, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-R) has officially launched a campaign to become the next Republican Speaker of the House. He is currently the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman. Rep. Chaffetz said this morning on Fox News Sunday, “I think the American public wants to see a change. They want a fresh start. You don’t just give an automatic promotion to the existing leadership team, that doesn’t signal change. I think they want a fresh face and a fresh new person who’s actually there at the leadership table in the speaker’s role.”
Chaffetz described himself as well-positioned to “bridge the divide” between the establishment and conservative factions of the Republicans in the House.
Majority Leader McCarthy has broad support within the House Republican Conference and remains the overwhelming favorite to succeed outgoing Speaker John Boehner. But isn’t he just a continuation of the GOP establishment problem? If Republicans in the House make McCarthy the next Speaker, it will just show they are tone deaf and refuse to listen to the people they claim to represent. Who ever becomes the Speaker better damn well use the power of the purse and defend GOP principles and understand why they were put there by We the People.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz has officially launched his dark-horse campaign for House speaker, arguing he’s a better choice to unite the fractious Republican conference and that Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy lacks the communication skills and credibility with conservatives needed to succeed in the top leadership job.
In a lengthy interview with POLITICO in his Capitol Hill office this weekend, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee predicted that opposition from conservatives will block McCarthy from securing the 218 votes he needs to be elected on the House floor later this month – and so Chaffetz is pitching himself as an alternative.
“There are very few people who can win the support of our hardcore conservatives and yet be palatable to our more moderate members,” he said. “The question is who can help unite the party and bridge the divide and I hope they see me as the person that will give everyone a fair shake.”
McCarthy has broad support within the House Republican Conference and remains the overwhelming favorite to succeed outgoing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). And it’s unclear how much support Chaffetz can actually garner. Chaffetz, who remarked that he’s “comfortable with losing,” would not say whether he has any pledged supporters.
But until now, McCarthy faced only token opposition in Florida Rep. Daniel Webster; Chaffetz, by contrast, is the head of a major committee and a respected figure among the rank-and-file. At the very least, the Utah Republican’s last-minute entry complicates McCarthy’s path and highlights the uneasiness with which the centrist Californian is viewed among the most conservative members of the GOP conference.
“I think the American public wants to see a change. They want a fresh start,” Mr. Chaffetz said on Fox News Sunday. “You don’t just give an automatic promotion to the existing leadership team, that doesn’t signal change. I think they want a fresh face and a fresh new person who’s actually there at the leadership table in the speaker’s role.”
Mr. McCarthy stumbled in the past week when he suggested a panel formed to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks had achieved a political victory in causing Hillary Clinton’s approval rating to sink. The comments gave Democrats fodder to say that the panel is a politically motivated attempt to discredit Mrs. Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate who was secretary of state at the time of the attacks.
Republicans have long said that their only motivation for years of hearings was to uncover the truth behind what happened when an attack on an outpost in Libya killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
Mr. Chaffetz said Thursday that Mr. McCarthy should apologize for the comments.
I will say this to Rep. Chaffetz, you are 100% incorrect when you gave political platitudes to Rep. McCarthy, “We owe Kevin McCarthy a lot; he is a major reason we enjoy the majority, with the strongest numbers we’ve had since the 1920s.” WHAT!!! NONE OF YOU IN THE GOP ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT … YOU WERE GIVEN THE MAJORITY AND INCREASING NUMBERS BY CONSERVATIVES AND THE TEA PARTY!!! Unless, you are saying such because you lied to Republicans by saying a GOP majority in the House would defund and end Obamacare, reduce the deficit, and defund liberal immoral programs like Planned Parenthood, then yes you are a reason.
THE FACE THE NATION JUST SHOWS EXACTLY WHY JOHN BOEHNER WAS A TERRIBLE GOP SPEAKER …
Can this gutless, crying wonder leave sooner rather than later? This cowardly lion decided to take parting shots at the very people who put him in the majority. This ass actually had the audacity to take shots on the GOP and Conservatives during the interview calling them “false prophets”. In his first interview since his resignation announcement, Speaker John Boehner blasted right-wing lawmakers and groups as “false prophets” who “whip people into a frenzy” to make legislative demands that “are never going to happen.” REALLY? It was YOU and your GOP establishment who said you were going to stop the Obama/Reid Pelosi agenda if given the House back. So that makes you nothing more than a LIAR!!!
In his first interview since his surprising announcement Friday that he is both resigning his role as Speaker of the House and his congressional seat at the end of October, John Boehner “unloads on GOP ‘false prophets’” on Face the Nation.
In his first one-on-one interview since his resignation announcement, Speaker John Boehner blasted right-wing lawmakers and groups as “false prophets” who “whip people into a frenzy” to make legislative demands that “are never going to happen.”
The Ohio Republican also declared on CBS’ Face the Nation Sunday that there won’t be a government shutdown this week, though he’s “sure” it will take Democratic votes to pass a temporary funding extension.
“The Bible says, beware of false prophets. And there are people out there spreading, you know, noise about how much can get done,” Boehner said.
“We got groups here in town, members of the House and Senate here in town, who whip people into a frenzy believing they can accomplish things they know — they know! — are never going to happen,” he added.
Charles Payne sees this as a direct jab at the TEA Party:
“The Bible says beware of false prophets. There are people out there spreading noise about how much can get done” Boehner rips Tea Party
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) September 27, 2015
Marco Rubio Announces John Boehner’s Resignation At Values Voters Summit To Endless Standing Ovation
CHECK OUT THE STANDING OVATION WHEN IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE JOHN BOEHNER WAS RESIGNING.
It would appear that I wasn’t the only one cheering this morning when I heard the news … During this mornings Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) during his speech announced Speaker John Boehner was resigning from the House and the Conservatives in the crowd cheered with an endless standing ovation. The cheers that Boehner was stepping down were well earned as Boehner departs as least-popular speaker in three decades.
Rubio followed up the applause that Boehner was stepping down with the comment, “With all due respect to people who serve in government, it is important at this moment, with respect to him and the service he has provided to our country, it’s not about him, and I’m not here today to bash anyone, but the time has come to turn the page. The time has come to turn the page and allow a new generation of leadership in this country.” I can only hope the other establishment GOP House types understand this as none of us want you to take over the role of the Speaker. That means you Rep. Kevin McCarthy. The GOP party need a fresh start in both the House and the Senate. Those in leadership roles have done nothing and all need to go.
At the 36 second mark of the video is the money line, Speaker Boehner announced he will be resigning …
Conservative voters roared in a standing ovation Friday at the Values Voter Summit in Washington after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) announced Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) plans to retire. Rubio, who is running for president, shared the news that broke just before his speech, working it into prepared remarks where he questioned why a Republican Congress isn’t “able to stop our country from sliding in the wrong direction.” “Just a few minutes ago, Speaker Boehner announced that he will be resigning,” Rubio said to thunderous applause. He told the crowd it is time for Republicans to “turn the page.” “With all due respect to people who serve in government — it is important at this moment, with respect to him and the service he has provided to our country — it’s not about him, and I’m not here today to bash anyone, but the time has come to turn the page.”
GOOD RIDDANCE TO THE MOST WORTHLESS, SPINELESS, INEFFECTIVE COWARD OF A REPUBLICAN SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE EVER!!!
Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner officially resigned today, effective the end of October 2015. All I can say is good riddance to bad rubbish. Boehner has been one of the most disappointing and worthless Speakers of the House, maybe ever. When he wasn’t crying, he was being owned by Barack Obama and the Democrats. John Boehner became the fave of useless, establishment Republican leadership who were elected to office to take on Obama and the Democrats and did nothing. as discussed at the Gateway Pundit, as Boehner left the Capitol on Thursday evening, he told two reporters that he had nothing left to accomplish after he brought Pope Francis to the Capitol. REALLY, YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED NOTHING!!! The GOP was given the majority in the House and you were made speaker to defund Obamacare and stop Obama and the Democrats from continuing their damaging agenda … YOU DID NOTHING BUT MAKE EXCUSES.
The Republican party was provided the majority and told the American people they would stop the Obama spending and the Democrat’s agenda. The GOP made all the promises in the world to get elected and ran on that very message. THEY DID NOTHING. Boehner is nothing more than the face of useless GOP establishment leadership.
On the Drudge report, the caption rad, One last cry for Boehner as he resigns from Congress. However, there were nothing but tears of joy from real Republicans and Conservatives who were tired of his pathetic leadership. Cry me a river and just leave.
John Boehner has had enough.
The embattled speaker, who fought off rumors of his political demise for years, announced Friday he would resign from Congress at the end of next month. The Ohio Republican, stunning his colleagues, said he didn’t want to put the House through a tumultuous vote on his speakership, and instead, he’ll leave Washington after 25 years and allow his party to pick a new successor in his absence.
Conservatives had been circling with threats of a fresh coup attempt — a showdown he felt he could win, but one he and his allies thought would do serious harm to the institution. But for all his grumbling over the down-and-out fights, the capitulations to rowdy right-wingers, and the “spineless” and “squish” insults, Boehner for five years had stuck it out, scoring a series of wins and maintaining his chain-smoking, merlot-swigging charm.
Boehner, who rose from bartender’s son to the most powerful man in Congress, was a classic mix of bravado and puddle of tears on Friday during a press conference announcing his decision to step aside at the end of October.
“Last night I started thinking about this, and I woke up. I said my prayers as I always do, and I decided, you know, today’s the day I’m going to do this. As simple as that,” Boehner said, veering from moist eyes to relief to whimsy, breaking into an impromptu rendition of “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” from the Disney movie “Song of the South.”
Boehner, 65, planned to leave Congress at the end of 2014, but returned because of the unexpected electoral defeat of his second-in-command, Eric Cantor. The feeling was that another agonizing round of internal GOP turmoil over his future “would do irreparable damage to the institution,” a Boehner aide said.
HEY SENATE GOP MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MC CONNELL, YOU’RE NEXT!!!
Dennis Hastert Allegedly Paid Hush Money to Conceal Past Sexual Misconduct Dating Back More Than 30 Years Ago
DRIP, DRIP, DRIP … HEAD-SHAKINGLY 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.
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.