Dennis Hastert

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FILE - In this June 9, 2015 file photo, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert departs the federal courthouse in Chicago after his arraignment on charges of violating banking rules and lying to the FBI after he allegedly agreed in 2010 to pay $3.5 million to someone to hide past misconduct. Prosecutors and attorneys for Hastert told a federal judge Monday Sept. 28, 2015 that they’re talking about a possible plea deal. (AP Photo/Christian K. Lee, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys disclosed at a pretrial hearing Monday in federal court in Chicago that former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is negotiating a possible plea deal with prosecutors. The Illinois Republican, 73, pleaded not guilty earlier this year to charges that he broke federal banking laws and lied to the FBI as he attempted to pay someone $3.5 million to hide claims of past misconduct. The Associated Press and other media, citing anonymous sources, have reported the payments were intended to conceal claims of sexual misconduct decades ago. Neither prosecutors nor defense attorneys have spoken publicly about that allegation.

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