Editorial

We should be told

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Dennis Hastert at one time was just behind the vice president in line to the presidency. The 73-year-old former U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives pled guilty of lying to the FBI. He had allegedly paid $3.5 million hush money to keep misconduct from being revealed

Paying the hush money did not prevent Hastert from being in trouble with the law, but it might have accomplished the immediate goal of preventing public exposure of whatever misconduct Hastert was being blackmailed for.

He is scheduled for sentencing in February. As far as is known, his punishment does not include exposure of his original misconduct. That is unfortunate. The conduct of high public officials has historical significance, and we should be informed of what that conduct is.