The Latest: Hastert leaves Chicago court after guilty plea

Dennis Hastert to Plead Guilty in 'Hush-Money' Case

CHICAGO (AP) -- The latest on the federal hush-money case against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (all times local):

9:35 a.m.

Former U.S. Speaker Dennis Hastert has left a downtown Chicago federal courthouse after pleading guilty to a charge that he lied to the FBI.

Hastert was surrounded by his attorneys and escorted by about half a dozen U.S. Marshals as he departed the courthouse on Wednesday morning. He was driven away in a black SUV.

Judge Thomas M. Durkin scheduled the sentencing for Feb. 29 after the 73-year-old Republican entered his plea.

A May indictment says Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million to someone referred to only as "Individual A" to hide past misconduct. The Associated Press and other media have cited anonymous sources in reporting the payments were to conceal claims of sexual misconduct.

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Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert leaves after a guilty plea at Dirksen U.S. Courthouse on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 in Chicago. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 15: Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) walks through Statuary Hall on his way to the House floor to make his farewell address to Congress November 15, 2007 in Washington, DC. He announced his resignation today and said he will leave office before the end of December. Hastert, 65, announced in August he would not seek reelection in 2008. Hastert was the longest-serving Republican speaker in U.S. history, and the first speaker since 1955 to remain in Congress after losing the speakership. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Dennis Hastert, former speaker of the US House of Representatives, attends the annual meeting of the Iranian resistance, presided over by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Villepinte, near Paris, on June 22, 2013. Some 500 parliamentarians from the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Arab countries were expected to join the gathering on June 22, one week after Hassan Rowhani, a moderate cleric, was declared winner of Iran's presidential election, ending an eight-year conservative grip on the Islamic republic's administration under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Maryam Rajavi, president of the NCRI, denounced the 'sham election' in Iran and called on the West to stand firm with respect to Hassan Rohani, 'responsible for the machine or repression'. AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JULY 28: Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (C) is joined by current Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) during a ceremony unveiling Hastert's portrati at the U.S. Capitol July 28, 2009 in Washington, DC. Hastert is the longest serving Republican speaker to date, holding the post from 1999-2007. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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9:10 a.m.

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert says he knew he was doing wrong by trying to conceal his large cash withdrawals.

In a brief written statement, Hastert said Wednesday he didn't want the FBI to know how he "was intending to spend the money."

The 73-year-old Republican pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to the FBI.

An indictment issued in May says Hastert agreed to pay someone referred to only as "Individual A" $3.5 million to hide past misconduct. The Associated Press and other media have cited anonymous sources in reporting the payments were to conceal claims of sexual misconduct.

A plea deal recommends he serve up to six months in prison. Sentencing is set for Feb. 29.

8:55 a.m.

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert will be sentenced Feb. 29 in a $3.5 million hush-money case.

Judge Thomas M. Durkin scheduled the sentencing Wednesday after the 73-year-old Republican pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

Attorneys for both sides have recommended in a plea deal that Hastert serve up to six months in prison.

A May indictment says Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million to someone referred to only as "Individual A" to hide past misconduct. The Associated Press and other media have cited anonymous sources in reporting the payments were to conceal claims of sexual misconduct.

8:50 a.m.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has pleaded guilty in a hush-money case, in a deal with prosecutors that calls for him to serve up to six months in prison.

Hastert pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

The plea marks the fall from grace of a politician who rose from obscurity in rural Illinois to become second in the line of succession to the presidency.

An indictment issued in May says the 73-year-old Republican agreed to pay someone referred to only as "Individual A" $3.5 million to hide past misconduct by Hastert.

The Associated Press and other media have cited anonymous sources in reporting the payments were to conceal claims of sexual misconduct.

7:40 a.m.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has arrived at Chicago's downtown federal court where he is expected to plead guilty in a hush-money case.

Hastert walked past dozens of reporters and camera crews who took his picture as he entered the building Wednesday morning. Inside the court he went through metal detectors with his attorneys. He arrived about an hour ahead of his scheduled plea hearing.

The hearing will be the 73-year-old Republican's first court appearance since entering his initial not guilty plea in June.

An indictment accused him of agreeing to pay $3.5 million to someone referred to only as "Individual A" to hide past misconduct by Hastert against that person.

1 a.m.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is scheduled to plead guilty Wednesday in his hush-money case as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

The hearing in Chicago federal court will be the 73-year-old Republican's first court appearance since entering his initial not guilty plea in June.

An indictment accused him of agreeing to pay $3.5 million to someone referred to only as "Individual A" to hide past misconduct by Hastert against that person.

The Associated Press and other media have reported that the payments were meant to conceal claims of sexual misconduct.

A guilty plea would seal the downfall of a man who rose from obscurity in rural Illinois to the nation's third-highest political office. Political analyst Dick Simpson says Hastert's lucrative lobbying career would also be ruined.

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