May 29, 2015, - 2:52 am

Dennis Hastert: What Did He Pay $3.5 Milln to Hush? CONFIRMED: Child Molester; Obama Justice Works w Blackmailer/Extorter

By Debbie Schlussel

**** UPDATE: Looks like I nailed it on Denny Hastert nailing underage boys on the wrestling team. Like I said, he was doing his own “rasslin’.” You know what the predictable fallout on this will be: liberals and the media will say, “One of the only Republican Speakers of the House in modern times was a gay child molester.” They will milk this the way they are milking the Duggar child molester scandal. ****


Federal Indictee Denny Hastert w/ His Pals Nancy Pelostic Surgery & Orange John Boehner

What kind of “past misconduct” would former House Speaker John Dennis “Denny” Hastert pay $3.5 million to keep quiet? I have my informed theories (discussed below), as it could only be a very few, specific things. Regardless, I really wish my dear, late former employer, Congressman Philip M. Crane was around to see this RINO jerk, who blocked him every step of the way, get his. What’s unusual here and made clear by the Dennis Hastert indictment (read the indictment) is that the Justice Department is working with Hastert’s blackmailer/extorter, when usually it’s the other way around. Given that, here’s what I think Denny Hastert did . . . .

Denny Hastert hasn’t been in public office since 2008. He’s basically a nobody (except on Capitol Hill, where he functioned as a lobbyist), who hasn’t been in the news for years. But he’s a well-paid nobody who has the ability to access and pay $3.5 million to someone who, according to the Hastert indictment, has known Hastert “for most of his life.” Prior to serving in Congress, Hastert was a high school teacher and men’s wrestling coach in Yorkville, and the blackmailer who extorted Hastert of $3.5 million is from Yorkville. Think about it: what prior “past misconduct” is so bad that it would cause you–or any person–to agree to pay $3.5 million to the alleged victim to keep the conduct quiet? The clues are screaming out the obvious.

In our Kardashian-porn-star-turned-multi-millionaire/Bruce-Jenner-sex-change/teen-babymama/gay-rights society of today, there’s very little behavior left that is unacceptable and for which it would be better to pay 3.5 million bucks than to have everyone know. And I think we all know what that is. I think it’s quite apparent, and, so, I’m going to say what you and I are thinking but nobody is outright saying because there isn’t any proof yet. I believe that Hastert probably had some illicit relationship or illicit sexual behavior with a minor. And, in a generally accepted viewpoint (a viewpoint gay activists would probably claim is “homophobic”), it’s far less acceptable for a male adult to have engaged in pedophilia and molestation of a boy than of a girl. If it were molestation of a girl and possible pregnancy, I just don’t think he’d go to all this trouble to pay out $3.5 million to keep it quiet.

I have a lot of friends who were in high school wrestling, and many of you, my dear readers and friends, were probably wrestlers, too. So, don’t take it personally when I joke (but only halfway) that wrestling is the gayest sport alive (except WNBA basketball, which isn’t a real sport). Boys in tight singlets rolling around on each other–that’s must-see stuff for child molesters. Hastert was a wrestling coach. He was in a position of authority with young boys, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he took advantage of it. It’s possible that maybe he had an affair with a young female student of his, and maybe got her pregnant. But I’ll bet this case involves a guy. Has to be. Why else would a male Republican RINO former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representative pay $3.5 million in hush money? Not for sleeping with a pretty co-ed. And don’t forget: Hastert was the Speaker of the House who kicked out Mark Foley for having a gay relationship with an underaged House Page. That makes this all the more so something he wanted to keep quiet.\

You may say, “Well, so what? It’s just a he said, he said (or maybe she said) situation, so why pay off someone with no proof it ever happened?” Well, the indictment states that Hastert met with the blackmailer on several occasions in 2010, and that, at these meetings, the two of them discussed Hastert’s past misconduct. The indictment also says that Hastert agreed at these meetings to make the large hush money payments to the blackmailer. The blackmailer/extorter probably taped the conversations on his/her smart phone (and later turned them over to the FBI when cutting a plea deal with the feds). So, Hastert was an idiot for meeting with this person from his past. Otherwise, there would likely be no proof of anything (unless the misconduct was sex with an underaged female and it produced a child, in which case a DNA test would be the proof).

If my hunch about the misconduct is correct, Hastert wouldn’t have had to worry about criminal prosecution for the past misconduct. Illinois’ statute of limitations for child molestation would have long expired for Hastert if he molested and/or raped an underaged kid. In 2013, Illinois’ then-Governor Quinn signed legislation abolishing the state’s statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, but anyone accused of that sort of conduct beforehand would be grandfathered in.

The Justice Department makes it clear in the indictment that it worked with the blackmailing extorter (identified in the indictment as “Individual A”) against Hastert. This makes it more likely that the “misconduct” for which Hastert was being blackmailed was so heinous that the feds felt they had no choice but to work with this person. Usually, it’s the other way around: the Justice Department works with the blackmailee/extortee to stop the blackmailer/extorter. That’s generally good public policy. But if the behavior for which someone is being blackmailed and extorted is past child molestation and/or sexual abuse, that’s a different story–conduct so heinous that the perpetrator must face justice in some way, shape, or form. That’s why I think that’s what’s going on here. Otherwise, there is no way that the Justice Department–even the Republican-hunting Obama Justice Department–would work with someone who was actively extorting $3.5 million from someone. No way.

Denny Hastert wasn’t indicted for the “past misconduct.” Unless it were murder, the statute of limitations has run, as I noted. But he was charged for “structuring” because he did what drug dealers and Islamic terrorists do to evade detection: he began removing amounts of $10,000 or less from his bank accounts, to avoid federal reporting requirements, including SARs (Suspicious Activity Reports) sent to the feds by his banks. That’s called “structuring,” and it’s illegal. And the banks did report him to the feds.

I have my reservations with these laws. I believe that if you earned your money legally, you should be able to withdraw as much as you want and it shouldn’t be anybody’s business. It’s your money. But I also know that, without these reporting laws (and, many time, even with them), terrorists and drug dealers withdraw large amounts to finance illicity operations and activities. And we need to be able to track them. I know from federal agent friends of mine who’ve investigated Islamic terrorism funding that these SARs they receive from the banks are invaluable. It’s when the feds don’t look at the reports (which is quite often), that they miss important information of note.

Hastert was also indicted for lying to the FBI agents who interviewed him, claiming he kept the cash for himself and wasn’t using it for something else (such as hush money). I’m surprised that Hastert, who worked for a law firm and was identified as a lawyer on its letterhead, would even talk to the FBI. He didn’t have to. But he did. And if he was represented by a lawyer at the time (which I doubt), he got bad advice (or didn’t follow good advice).

My late boss and dear friend, Congressman Philip M. Crane, knew Denny Hastert well. Crane, one of the few true conservatives to serve in Congress, spent years on the House Ways and Means Committee. I was at his 1994 victory party in his Illinois district, back when I was still in grad school in Wisconsin. He never thought he’d see the day when Republicans would take over Congress. He became the ranking Republican on Ways and Means. A few years later, when Hastert became Speaker, and it was Crane’s turn and right via seniority to become Chairman of Ways and Means, Hastert repeatedly and vehemently blocked it. Hastert also refused to help Phil Crane when he was in tough re-election bids, even though Crane always campaigned for Hastert and they were supposed to support each other as fellow Republicans from Illinois.

That’s because Hastert was always a big government RINO and fraud. He was chummy with Nancy Pelosi and Orange John Boehner. Hastert didn’t want someone like Crane, who was a true cutter of taxes and spending, to take over. He didn’t want a revolutionary thinker, who wanted to simplify the tax code into a flat tax and lower all tax rates across the board. Haastert didn’t want someone smarter and more telegenic. And so on. So Hastert changed the rules and threw seniority out the window. And he did other things to make sure Crane never headed Ways and Means, such as giving anti-Crane Members of Congress more than one vote. The Cranes always told me what a snake Denny Hastert was. And, now, we know they were likely more right than even they knew.

Sadly, my friends, Congressman Phil Crane and his wife Arlene, have both passed on (Congressman Crane died in November). But from above, I can hear them saying, told ya so.


Let’s hope that Denny Hastert had $3.5 million to give away to a blackmailer because he earned it from being a lobbyist AFTER he was done as Speaker. If he made the $3.5 million while he was still in the House, then we have another matter entirely. You don’t get rich in the House unless you’re a crook. And, sadly, the House is more rife with those than we know.


What do you think is going on here? What kind of behavior would cause you to pay $3.5 million in hush money? Can you think of another scenario than the one I’ve presented here? The fact that the indictment doesn’t say what the past misconduct was, speaks volumes (that the behavior was so atrocious and sick that the Justice Department wanted to try and shield the blackmailing extorter from it–from the public knowing he/she was a victim of that type of misconduct.

Did the former wrestling coach do some of his own “rasslin'” with an underaged boy on the team? If it’s not that, then it’s something just as bad. And few things are.

Again, we don’t know what the past misconduct was, and this is all speculation. But . . .

Do the math.

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38 Responses

It’s the cannibalism. That’s what made it worth 3.5 mil.

S M Tenneshaw on May 29, 2015 at 4:00 am

I know that it is somewhat quaint and old-fashioned to be concerned about national security. After all, the U.S. has been appeasing (to say the least) our traditional enemies, such as Russia, China, Iran, Hamas, Cuba etc. for quite some time now.

Nevertheless, when considering the behavior of Hastert and others like him, this is the most significant danger. Someone susceptible to blackmail can easily be pressured to divulge national security information to our enemies.

Hastert, of course, is not alone. Many politicians are vulnerable to blackmailers, and the fact that they would run for, or remain in high office is an indication of their narcissism and disregard for those they were supposedly elected to represent. Naturally, the Clintons come to mind as well.

The other aspect of this that disturbs me is a facet of the press coverage. I am not a fan of Jeb Bush, and would never vote for him. Nevertheless, I think that the implied attacks on Jeb Bush associated with the press coverage of Hastert are one more reflection of the irresponsibility of the press in general.

The press accounts of the Hastert indictment are always careful to mention that Hastert played a key role in implementing the (George) Bush agenda. The reader is left to make the inference that somehow George Bush was complicit in Hastert’s sleaze, and that somehow, by inference, Jeb Bush is also involved. But given the dumbing down of most people today, those inferences will surely be made.

LA: That’s a great point: Denny Hastert had Top Secret security clearance and was privy to some of the most classified national security info when he was Speaker. He was definitely susceptible to blackmail by an enemy. DS

Little Al on May 29, 2015 at 7:30 am

When I heard that he had been a teacher and coach I thought homosexual child molestation.

Hillel on May 29, 2015 at 8:27 am

I am wondering if this is something Hastert knew about involving someone else and he was being blackmailed for not reporting it or paying the blackmail on behalf of that someone else. That someone else may have obtained the cushy lobbying position for Hastert.

That someone else would be Newt Gingerich. When Newt was forced out of the speakership for misconduct he pushed for Hastert to become speaker. I wondered why then and now I really wonder why.

I_AM_ME on May 29, 2015 at 9:28 am

My guess is that Debbie is right in her assumptions. However, I am curious why this incident is high on the DOJ’s priorities, and the Clintons’ Money Laundering Foundation is not, as it involves national security which effects the USA now. And did I mention the missing emails and server? Also, I am waiting for a reporter to ask Ms. Clinton if she were to become POTUS (Heaven forbid), would she use private emails and servers instead of the government ones. I know I have a long wait.

U: Great point. But you should know better than to expect the Obama DOJ to prosecute the aggrieved, persecuted, and “broke” Queen-In-Waiting Hillary Rodham Cankles. When Republicans–even a washed up former elected official who hasn’t been in office for eight years–do wrong, the book must be thrown at them. When Dems–especially the Clinton Crime Family–do this, it’s legitimate business practice and not to be questioned, no matter what. Remember, they were “broke” when they left the White House, and it’s intolerant, insensitive, and reactionary (not to mention, transphobic, homophobic, genderphobic, Islamophobic, and all the other phobics) for you to question that they earn a few several million to barely eke out survival in this Obamaconomy. DS

unholyone on May 29, 2015 at 9:52 am

A law-breaking scumball being prosecuted by law-breaking scumballs and a juicy scandall to distract from the major issues and corruption facing us.

CG on May 29, 2015 at 10:00 am

I have two words to say about sexual misconduct in the House of Representatives and the filth that congregates there. “Gerry Studds”

Michael on May 29, 2015 at 10:27 am

His law firm is “Dickstein”.
Just sayin.

mountebank on May 29, 2015 at 10:40 am

    I didn’t want to lol, but I did.

    DS_ROCKS! on May 29, 2015 at 3:25 pm

I don’t understand why people won’t just withdraw $100,000 at a time and tell the Fed’s “their fond of cash!”

John on May 29, 2015 at 11:13 am

DNC KIll Squad on the move

GOP response? Thumb sucking

Jack on May 29, 2015 at 11:26 am

“Otherwise, there is no way that the Justice Department–even the Republican-hunting Obama Justice Department–would work with someone who was actively extorting $3.5 million from someone. No way.”

[David Spade, from Tommy Boy:] Hi, Debbie. I’m Earth. Have we met?

“No way” the Obama/Holder Justice Department would join forces with a blackmailer to get the victim of the blackmail? Um, where have you been for the last 6 years, Debbie?

Ace on May 29, 2015 at 11:34 am

My first thoughts about it were that he was involved in some nasty homosexual shenanigans with an underage kid. Second thoughts were that this is driven by the Obama Justice Department under the direction of the Obama machine.

So the question arose as to why is this being brought up at this exact time? They will do nothing like this without a reason, and the timing is key. With the likes of Obama, these indictments are coming out now to deflect attention from something else. So will we soon see some startling news about an Obama scandal, or incompetence, or is it just to deflect from more Hillary and Bill Clinton sleaze? That is the question.

Al H. on May 29, 2015 at 11:58 am

Someone I know made the same type of observation (though not in the specific sense) about Hastert that Debbie spelled out in this article.

ConcernedPatriot on May 29, 2015 at 11:58 am

Deb is correct, or certainly awfully close to the truth here. $3,500,000 to a blackmailer is not over a stolen basketball or baseball bat! That sultan Barry’s Justice dept. works with the blackmailer is revealing. And if Hastert had some tryst with a young boy, wouldn’t Barry’s Gay Dept. of Injustice be SUPPORTING him, not prosecuting him? Of course, that GOP/RINO label determines the perp in this case.

Some GOPers indicted, but what about liars Suzy Rice, Lois Lerner, Hillary — this is a one way dept. of racial injustice.

Prinz Eugen on May 29, 2015 at 1:20 pm

The wrestling coach at my high school in the Midwest had sex with plenty of high school girls. It was an open secret.

Passer By on May 29, 2015 at 2:15 pm

I worked with Denny while I was on the Illinois House Republican staff and he was a state representative. I never liked the guy, and my boss, the Minority Leader, never trusted the man. He enjoyed going behind the Republican leader’s back to cut deals with the Democrats. He was a self-dealing, arrogant, fat pig who needed slaughtered decades ago. And yes, he was a perv high school wrestling coach who liked young boys. He should have been indicted for the millions he pocketed from shady insider deals while serving as Speaker of the House, not to mention taking bribes from the Turkish government to kill the Armenian resolution. As soon as he left Congress, he started lobbying for the Turkish government for $35,000 a month.

I differ in your opinion of Phil Crane. I used to be one of his biggest fans. His brother was my congressman–the family values guy who got caught banging a 17-year old page while his wife took care of 6 young children back at his home in Danville, Illinois. Phil was an even bigger man whore than Dan. He bedded thousands of women, including many who worked on his congressional staff. When I was in high school, I met a woman who worked on his staff who enjoyed showing me pictures of her in a skimpy bikini making out with him on a beach where she accompanied him on a congressional junket. The staffer was supposed to be chaperoning teen-agers. Instead, she was trying to see how many teen-age boys she could lay. Phil’s father was right. Washington, D.C. is Sodom and Gomorrah.

Gary Welsh on May 29, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    People often forget that Phil Crane was the GOP’s original frontrunner in the 1980 presidential race. When he faded, former Texas Governor/U.S. Treasury Secretary John Connally took his place. It was only when Connally faded that Reagan became the party’s main choice. Had Crane been elected president, we like would have a sex scandal field day in the media. Yes, JFK had problems keeping his zipper up, too, but by the 80s, the press was all over these kinds of stories.

    P: I don’t agree. I traveled with Phil Crane on several trips and, though he had the good looks of a movie star at the time, he never cheated on his wife. I don’t believe the stories attributed to him in the comments by some girl with a bikini or something. DS

    Primetime on May 30, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Jack Anderson himself called accusations like yours a ‘smear’:,4069917&hl=en

    …try again

    Nick Fury on May 31, 2015 at 3:19 pm

I am certain, that this well written article, expresses what every media person, politicians, and inside the beltway folks,is currently thinking…of course they cant afford to say the same thing without proof or evidence…but surely must be nodding in agreement with this well reasoned thinking…just wondering if the reason for the hush money payments, will ever come out…imagine they will, if Hastert contests the charges, and refuses to plead guilty…

AW: Even if he pleads guilty, I suspect fuller details will be in the written, public plea agreement. They generally are. DS

alex webster on May 29, 2015 at 2:57 pm

I would be inclined to agree with you. So many other behavioral aberrations have been normalized and even celebrated, that it is hard to think of any other reason for Dennis Hastert to cough up such a sum.

Dennis is probably a closeted gay who decided to take advantage of his position as a wrestling coach. Scout Masters and Catholic Priests have done similar things over the years.

Worry on May 29, 2015 at 3:49 pm

Yep, not much mystery here (except for the details)–though the analysis of what constitutes “unacceptable conduct” these days is spot on.

The DOJ is hot on the case because Hastert is a Republican (or rather RINO, which is good enough)–plus it’s a great lurid diversion from more immediate matters that the DOJ would be addressing if it weren’t just a political functionary.

Perhaps Hastert’s victim is one of the individuals in the team photo shown here:

Ralph Adamo on May 29, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Debbie, a wonderful job of analyzing, and of course with the updates now appearing on every media site, you are proven to be exactly on the button…child molestation with a boy of course..congrats to you for being the only one on line who spelled this whole deal out, before it was confirmed by sources close to the investigation…every poltical website online should be lining up at your door to get you to work for them…well done indeed Debbie…you nailed the genial slob, the fake, fraud and phony to the wall….the only interesting point remaining is, whether the slob made enuf money as a lobbyist to afford the 3.5 million, or did the sob use his position as leader and congressman, to line his pockets and become a wealthy man on a “congressman’s salary”…

alex webster on May 29, 2015 at 5:10 pm

The tragedy about his elevation to speaker was that the GOP was on the verge of electing Bob Livingston, when his extra-marital affair came out. Since it happened during Bill & Monica, it was untenable for him to succeed Newt.

I thought it was a mistake. Once Livingston withdrew from the succession, it should have gone to Boehner. As compromised as he might be today, at the time, he was one of the real conservatives in the House GOP leadership. They should have bypassed Hastert and they’d then have spared this embarrassment.

The GOP Leadership in the 2000s was diluted by this combination of Bush/Frist/Hastert in the leadership, leading to their 2006 losses. And today, both McConnell & Boehner are heavily compromised.

Infidel on May 29, 2015 at 6:38 pm

Debbie-I had the exact same thought IMMEDIATELY upon hearing of this absurd amount of “hush money” that Hastert was paying, could ONLY have been for one thing. That, and knowing he was a longtime HS wrestling coach made this an easy supposition.

Great read Debbie……brutally honest and to the point. I’ll have to figure out a way to tap into your writings again!

Randy on May 29, 2015 at 8:00 pm

The WNBA is SO not a sport; my criteria for whether a female sport is a legitimate sport is whether the finest female athlete (or team) in the sport can beat a middle of the road boys’ team. So the best female golfers, tennis players, sprinters, distance runners? No question; they’d wipe out a middling high school boy. Legitimate sport. Maybe even the US women’s soccer team. Most likely better than most high school boys’ teams (apropos of that; is it “boy’s teams,” or “boys’ teams?”). But WNBA? Not a chance. Wherever you are, this year’s local high school boy’s basketball team would crush the WNBA all-stars. And if the boys got to use the smaller female basketball, it’d be embarrassing.

gmartinz on May 29, 2015 at 11:40 pm

3.5 mil. is obviously the kind of cash only someone who fears exposure would pay an extortionist. IMO he sought legal advise before parting with that hefty sum and was told he was in very serious legal trouble, not to say any reputable atty. would advise paying blackmail, he saw the writing on the wall!

Cosmo101 on May 30, 2015 at 2:54 am

So,In America it has become OK to Molest children because the nation has been flooded with porn and so on for the last 2 decades?
Molested children tend to go on to become seriously dysfunctional in society .The facts are right out there for all to see ,especially since the Vatican Chief accountant is now being asked to explain his covering up of pedo’s in the Australian catholic church.
No person,regardless of station in life has the right to go unpunished for ruining the life of children because they find it easier to have sex with them.
Perhaps the wheels of justice could do with a bit of greasing and the victims (of whom there will be plenty no doubt) will be allowed to partake of the Americans much vaunted system of justice. Nothing will hurt this man more than having to fight a protracted court case and then have to pay out compensation to the victims because of their ruined lives .

Aron B on May 30, 2015 at 6:56 pm

Yes, Aron B, we are all saying that it’s ok yo molest children.

skzion on May 31, 2015 at 3:06 pm

…he was doing his own “rasslin’.”


DS_ROCKS! on May 31, 2015 at 6:28 pm

Bush sr was a pedophile too, obama really is a csucker according to wayne madsen and Larry sinclair. Bush jr was grabbing his ankles for jeff gannon…confessions of a dc madam is a good book about the perverts in late 80s. General al gray is also a homo, listen to kay griggs

leo on May 31, 2015 at 8:57 pm

George Will confirmed what I remembered from a news report: Hastert made a killing in some sort of land dealings that he had effected as speaker of the House.

Daniel Middleman on May 31, 2015 at 9:22 pm

When I was in HS years and years ago, all the PE classes were given an introduction to all extracurricular sports. A few basic moves were shown to us by a couple of guys on the wrestling team, then we were paired up with an opponent of similar size. One opponent I was paired against had hideous back acne, while the other opponent sported a profoundly obvious erection. Wrestling wasn’t for me.

#1 Vato on May 31, 2015 at 10:58 pm


Dennis Hastert is a PERVERT PIG

When are we going to hear the same about congressional democrats ??

When are we going to hear about the proclivities of Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Pocohantas Warren and others ??!

And why isn’t it in the forefront ?

Because the msm favors the indiscretions of the leftist pigs ?

JayPee on June 1, 2015 at 12:32 am

    Stop drinking your Pee, before you post, Jay lol

    Mark on October 30, 2015 at 5:34 am

There are more kiddy fiddlers in the House and Senate than you can even imagine. Why do you think even though the Republicans have a majority they still do as they are told. Most of them are being blackmailed for perverse behavior.

MRobs on June 1, 2015 at 9:56 am

EEOC has reported that Muslims file more employment claims about discrimination and the failure to provide religious accommodations than any other religious group.

MrBigBrain on June 1, 2015 at 3:42 pm

The point about the Duggar molestation scandal and the Left’s obsession over it, is in stark contrast to the crickets chirping from their side after the execrable Lena Dunham, in her autobiography, admitted that when she was 7, she sexually molested her then 1-year-old sister. (This double-standard was pointed out by infamous “babymama” Bristol Palin, who in this sense is more like the “broken clock” analogy.)

ConcernedPatriot on June 4, 2015 at 10:37 pm

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