Dennis Hastert set to appear in court for arraignment

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CHICAGO: Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives Dennis Hastert is scheduled to appear in federal court Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), breaking a nearly two-week silence since prosecutors unveiled charges alleging that he lied to the FBI about illegally structured bank withdrawals he made to pay off someone from his past to keep quiet about decades-old wrongdoing. The nature of the conduct in the indictment was not specified, but a federal law enforcement official told USA TODAY that the activity was sexual in nature and involved a male at the time of Hastert’s tenure as a teacher and coach at Yorkville (Illinois) High School.

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