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Prosecutors now say former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert—once just two heartless heartbeats (Bush & Cheney for more of his tenure) away from the U.S. presidency—molested at least four boys while he was a wrestling coach in the '60s-'80s.
Hastert's criminal conduct has come to light only as he sought to pay hush money, which led to illegal banking issues.
Now 74, Hastert nearly died from a blood infection and is suffering the effects from a stroke.
Interesting facts about Hastert:
He was a football and wrestling coach, and earned Coach of the Year in the late '70s.
He volunteered to guide his local Boy Scouts for 17 years, including on trips. (Wikipedia mentions a trip to the Bahamas, which makes me think I got ripped off for being a Cub Scout and an Indian Guide.)
On the state level, the lifelong Republican was against bills banning discrimination against gay people.
He IDs as an Evangelical Christian.
He married a fellow teacher (a lady teacher, actually) and had two sons with her.
He spearheaded Clinton's impeachment for having oral sex from an icky girrrl.
The rest is obvious—he was a complete right-wing toad while secretly being a proponent of The No Behind Left Behind approach to private conduct.
Keep reading for some video footage (especially #7!) of Hastert fairly drooling over a cute young male interviewer back when he was still in office ...