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.