CHICAGO (AP) -- Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has pleaded guilty in a hush-money case, in a deal with prosecutors that calls for him to serve up to six months in prison. Hastert pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
The plea marks the fall from grace of a politician who rose from obscurity in rural Illinois to become second in the line of succession to the presidency.
An indictment issued in May says the 73-year-old Republican agreed to pay someone referred to only as "Individual A" $3.5 million to hide past misconduct by Hastert.
The Associated Press and other media have cited anonymous sources in reporting the payments were to conceal claims of sexual misconduct.
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