Former Representative J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) listens as U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Ex-House Speaker Hastert due in court on federal charges on Thursday

Former Representative J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) listens as U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids, IowaBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert will appear in a Chicago court on Thursday to face federal charges related to his alleged effort to hide $3.5 million in payments he was making to conceal past misconduct. Hastert has not made a public statement since the indictment last week. An attorney for Hastert is not yet listed in court records.

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