How the Federal Government & Big Media Collude in the Deep StateDenny Hastert and the D.C. Swamp
By Lee Cary
—— Bio and Archives June 20, 2017Comments | Print This | Subscribe | Email UsSince Donald Trump introduced “The Swamp,” it’ become American slang for the corrupt and secretive underbelly of the Washington, D.C. Deep State.One Swamp secret is the whole truth of Denny Hastert’ life as a pederast. And, we are unlikely to ever know it—the whole truth. John Dennis Hastert (DOB: January 2, 1942) quit his high school teaching and coaching position in Yorkville, Illinois, held from 1965-1981, to become a politician.
Eventually, from 1999-2007, he was the longest-serving Republican Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in American history.
His story will end with the unstated assumption that, after being a practicing pederast from at least 1968-1981, Hastert abandoned his deviant sexual proclivities and focused on becoming an honest and loyal servant of the people of his state and nation. After he leaves prison sometime this summer, and his case file is closed, Hastert’ story will vanish from the news with many questions unasked, and unanswered.
That’ how the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) wanted his story to end from its beginning. And, to help shape a narrative arc that led to that outcome, it used two, large, print-media outlets—the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune.What follows will focus on highlights of the collusion between the government and the two newspapers. It is, by no means, the entire Hastert story.
Not even close. But it is an illustration of how the federal government and big media collude to shape the news.The bombshell indictment landsOn May 28, 2015, the Special February 2014 Grand Jury of the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, indicted Hastert “with making cash withdrawals in a manner intended to avoid detection by bank officials—an illegal practice known as structuring —then lying about the purpose of the withdrawals to the federal authorities.” (Here is a later summary of the government’ complete case.)
Hastert was caught lying about why he withdrew over $1,700,000 dollars from his bank account—initially in $50,000-100,000 increments. Then later, in order to stay under banking law radar, Hastert shifted to withdrawing increments of less than $10,000.The indictment told how Hastert gave $1.7 million, in numerous payments during 2010-2014, to an unnamed “Individual A” in fulfillment of a $3,500,000 commitment he made, back in 2010, to Individual A “to compensate for and conceal his [Hastert’] prior misconduct against Individual A.” Those are words critical to understanding how the story was spun. (Here and below, highlighting is added to quotes for attention emphasis.)“
Misconduct” is not defined in the indictment. And, the words “blackmail” and “extortion” are not mentioned. That was no accidental omission.The definition of “misconduct” lasted less than a full day; it was leaked to the New York Times. Details of F.B.I. Investigation leaked to the mediaMay 29, 2015: The New York Times (NYT) reported that:“J. Dennis Hastert, who served for eight years as speaker of the House of Representatives, was paying a former student hundreds of thousands of dollars to not say publicly that Mr. Hastert had sexually abused him decades ago, according to two people briefed on the evidence uncovered in an F.B.I. investigation.”The NYT story continued:“
The former student—who was not identified in court papers—told the F.B.I. that he had been inappropriately touched by Mr. Hastert when the former speaker was a high school teacher and wrestling coach, the two people said Friday. The people briefed on the investigation spoke on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to be identified discussing a federal investigation.”The list of the most likely “two people” to have been “briefed” on the investigation, and then to have conveyed the briefing content to the Times, begins with then U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and then Director of the F.B.I. James B. Comey.
Clearly, the original leak came from within federal law enforcement—perhaps from within the U.S. Attorney’ office in Chicago. Leaks to the media have come from there in the past.The pattern of leakage to the media would continue throughout the Hastert saga. After this initial example in the NYT, the preferred conduit for leaks would become the pages of one of the two main daily newspapers in Chicago—the Chicago Tribune.
The Tribune has a history of taking direction from the Chicago office of the U.S. Attorney (USA) for the Northern District of Illinois. For example, during the investigation, arrest and prosecution of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, the Tribune disseminated leaks from the Chicago USA’ office. Those leaks helped shape the “Blago” narrative and determine his fate. He remains in prison……………..