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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Ex-Speaker Hastert’s portrait removed from House hallway

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Ex-Speaker Hastert’s portrait removed from House hallway

WASHINGTON (AP) – A portrait of former Speaker Dennis Hastert has been removed from a hallway outside the House chamber. Just last week, the Illinois Republican pleaded guilty to breaking banking laws in a hush money scheme. The portrait has hung for years in the Speaker’s Lobby, a plush area just outside the chamber where […]

Ex-Speaker Hastert’s portrait removed from House hallway

WASHINGTON (AP) – A portrait of former Speaker Dennis Hastert has been removed from a hallway outside the House chamber. Just last week, the Illinois Republican pleaded guilty to breaking banking laws in a hush money scheme.

The portrait has hung for years in the Speaker’s Lobby, a plush area just outside the chamber where lawmakers and reporters congregate.

Spokeswoman AshLee Strong says new Speaker Paul Ryan felt it was time to “rotate in a different portrait.”

Hastert pleaded guilty last Wednesday to evading banking laws. He acknowledged in a written agreement he tried paying someone $3.5 million to hide misconduct decades ago, around the period he was a high school wrestling coach.

Anonymous sources have told The Associated Press that the payments were meant to hide claims of sexual misconduct.

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