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Former US speaker pleads not guilty in hush-money case

Former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert arrives for his arraignment at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on June 9, 2015 in Chicago, IllinoisFormer US House speaker Dennis Hastert, who was once second in line to the presidency, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to lying to the FBI about large bank withdrawals — alleged hush-money payouts to conceal past misconduct. The 73-year-old Hastert, an Illinois Republican, is not facing any charges related to the allegations of sexual misconduct during his years as a high school teacher and wrestling coach. Instead, he is accused of breaking federal banking laws when trying to hide $1.7 million in cash withdrawals and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation when they questioned him about the suspicious activity.

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