CHICAGO (CBS) — A friend and political mentor of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was speaking up for the indicted lawmaker on Friday, a day after Hastert was accused of lying to the FBI, and trying to hide apparent hush money payments.
Former Kendall County Republican Party chairman Dallas Ingemunson got Hastert into politics in 1981, helping him be selected to fill a vacancy in the Illinois House. He said any vetting of Hastert before his appointment would not have included asking him if there were any skeletons in his closet.
“I never asked him, but I never had any reason to do so. I’ve known him … since he’s been in Yorkville, I’ve known all his friends. There’s never been any suspicion of any problems,” he said.