- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 17, 2015

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who pleaded guilty in October to lying to the FBI in a hush money case, suffered a stroke last month and is currently recovering in a hospital.

“In light of inquiries from the press I am confirming that during the first week of November our client Dennis Hastert was admitted to the hospital,” attorney Thomas Green said in a statement. “Mr. Hastert has suffered a stroke and has been treated for Sepsis. While in the hospital two surgeries on his back were performed. We are hopeful that Mr. Hastert will be released from the hospital in the early part of the new year.”

“The family very much desires that during Mr. Hastert’s continued hospitalization his privacy will be respected,” Mr. Green said.

Mr. Hastert, who served as speaker from 1999 through 2007, is currently awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in October to lying about $3.5 million in hush money that he tried to pay to cover up past “misconduct.”

The Associated Press and other media outlets have reported that the money was intended to keep quiet allegations of sexual abuse. The misconduct dates back to when Hastert was a teacher and wrestling coach at Yorkville High School in Illinois, where he taught from 1965 to 1981.

News of the stroke was first reported by Politico.

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