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Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert pleaded guilty Wednesday to trying to dodge federal banking reporting requirements in a deal with prosecutors that keeps secret details of the unseemly allegations that generated the case. Hunched in between his attorneys, Hastert, 73, told a judge he changed the way he withdrew money from various banks after he learned he might have to report the transactions — although he did not detail why. “I didn’t want them to know how I intended to spend the money,” Hastert said, offering the court scant other details.
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