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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

House GOP leader: Premature for House to investigate Hastert

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House GOP leader: Premature for House to investigate Hastert

Hastert, an Illinois Republican, has been charged with making bank withdrawals designed to evade federal reporting requirements

House GOP leader: Premature for House to investigate Hastert

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House majority leader says it would be premature for the chamber to investigate whether former Speaker Dennis Hastert committed any wrongdoing while he was still in office.

California Republican Kevin McCarthy says he wants to let due process play out before deciding what, if any, steps the House should take.

McCarthy says he was shocked by Hastert’s federal indictment.

Hastert, an Illinois Republican, has been charged with making bank withdrawals designed to evade federal reporting requirements.

A person familiar with the matter has told The Associated Press that Hastert paid the individual in an apparent effort to conceal allegations involving sexual misconduct. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

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