UIGEA Supporter Hastert Disgraced 

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Former speaker Dennis Hastert was a major proponent of the push to ban online poker in the US. He is accused of paying hush money to suppress a decades old abuse scandal. (Image: dailystormer.com)

Dennis Hastert, the US politician at the center of a financial and sex abuse scandal was a bullish proponent of Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, the 2006 law that criminalized online poker in America.

Back in 2006 Hastert was also the author of the American Values Agenda, which included the full prohibition of online gambling via a rewriting of the Wire Act among its aims and railed against the legalization of gay marriage.

“Through this agenda, we will work to protect the faith of our people, the sanctity of life and freedoms outlined by our founding fathers,” claimed Hastert at the time, although it should be noted that history does not record the Founding Fathers’ stance on online gambling.

The former US House of Representatives Speaker is due to appear in a Chicago courtroom on Thursday to answer federal charges that he hid $3.5 million in hush money, paid to an unnamed individual, to cover up allegations of sexual misconduct.

The individual is alleged to have been a male student at the Illinois High school where Hastert was once a teacher and coach.

Before he embarked on a political career, Hastert was a teacher at Yorkville High School in Chicago for 16 years.

Lied to FBI about Payments

Illinois lawmakers have scrapped a postponed plan to spend $500,000 building a statue in Springfield honoring Hastert.

According to the indictment, Hastert met with the former student, known only as “Individual A” several times in 2010 and agreed to pay the sum as “compensation.”

The former Republican lawmaker is charged with structuring the withdrawal of $1.7 million in cash from various bank accounts over several years in order to avoid the requirement that banks report cash transactions over $10,000.

He is also charged with lying to the FBI about these withdrawals.

According to court documents, he claimed he withdrew the money because he did not trust banks and that the cash was still in his possession.

Powerful Lobbysist

Hastert reportedly made millions from land deals during his time in Congress.

On his retirement in 2008 he became a lobbyist with the firm Dickstein Shapiro, petitioning his former Congressional colleagues on behalf of companies from the tobacco and energy industries, as well as for the Turkish government.

Hastert famously led the impeachment of Bill Clinton for lying under oath about his affair with Monica Lewinsky under the premise that no one is above the law.   

Meanwhile, further controversy erupted when it emerged that the federal judge assigned to the case had contributed to Hastert’s congressional campaigns on at least two occasions, in 2002 and 2004.

It is not yet known whether U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin will stand down as a consequence of the revelation.

 

Philip Conneller
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Philip Conneller
As part of the team that launched Bluff Magazine back in 2004, and then as Editor of Bluff Europe, Philip Conneller has (probably) written thousands of articles about poker and has travelled the globe interviewing the greatest players in the world, not to mention some of the sexiest celebrities known to man in some of the world’s sexiest destinations. The highlight of his career, however, was asking Phil Ivey (as a joke) how to play jacks, and emerging none-the-wiser. Philip once won $20,000 with 7-2 offsuit. He has been told off for unwittingly playing Elton John’s piano on two separate occasions, on different sides of the Atlantic Ocean. He became a writer because he is a lousy pianist. He lives in London where he spends his time agonizing about Arsenal football club, yet in Wenger he trusts.

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