Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has pleaded guilty in a hush-money case and faces up to six months in prison. Hastert was indicted earlier this year in connection to a sexual abuse scandal.

The guilty plea involves Hastert lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about agreeing to pay someone $3.5 million to hide his past misconduct. The past misconduct mainly involves sexual misbehavior in which he sexually abused a student when he was a wrestling coach and teacher at Yorkville High School.

Add one more notch to Republican corruption and criminality.

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