Hastert and Goldschmidt: Justice Denied

Right From the Start

Right From the Start

Last Friday’s Wall Street Journal announced that former Speaker of the House Denny Hastert (R-IL) had been indicted for attempting to evade reporting requirements for bank withdrawals exceeding $10,000 and for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regarding those withdrawals. It appeared from the article that Mr. Hastert was withdrawing the money in order to pay for someone’s silence – hush money or blackmail depending on your point of view.

I have to admit that my first reaction was “how in God’s name does President Barack Obama’s administration have the temerity to investigate a Republican leader who has not been in office for over a decade when Mr. Obama cannot even bring himself to open an investigation against the Internal Revenue Service officials who had illegally targeted conservatives or against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who destroyed official records while cleansing her personal computers and servers?”

However, as you continued through the Wall Street Journal’s report there was a hint that Mr. Hastert was paying the hush money for events surrounding sexual activities with a minor during his time as a high school teacher and coach in Yorkville, IL. The Wall Street Journal confirmed that hint in a follow up article on Saturday:

“Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert allegedly agreed to pay a former male student $3.5 million to hush up allegations of sexual misconduct when Mr. Hastert was an Illinois high-school teacher before his election to Congress, said people familiar with the matter.”

The statute of limitations have run on child molestation. Mr. Hastert could not be charged or convicted of that crime. Mr. Hastert could not be charged or convicted of blackmail because he was the victim not the perpetrator. (There is apparently no information on whether the victim of the child molestation has been indicted for a blackmail scheme involving the staggering sum of $3.5 million.) So in lieu of the real crime he committed, Mr. Hastert is charged with two relatively minor crimes – evading reporting requirements of payments over $10,000 and lying to the FBI. Each is a misdemeanor carrying relatively light sentences involving fines and short confinements. There will be no felony convictions, no requirement that he be listed as a sex offender, and no loss of his public pension – somewhere near $400,000 annually.

All of this is reminiscent of Oregon’s former governor Neil Goldschmidt (D) who, while mayor of Portland serially raped a fourteen year old girl over a span of three years. In the aftermath Mr. Goldschmidt made payments to maintain this poor woman’s silence. He destroyed the girl’s life. She suffered enormously and died at the early age of 49 in 2011. In November of 2007 I wrote:

“In the end, the whole thing is just as sleazy as it gets. A former governor raping a fourteen year old girl. Allegations that his body guard, [Sheriff Bernie] Guisto, covered it up while at the same time having an affair with Goldschmidt’s wife. Further allegations that [Gov. Ted] Kulongoski who was running for attorney general at the time knew and remained silent. And if Kulongoski knew, how many other Democrat insiders knew and remained silent. The inner circle of the Democrat party is still run by the alumni of Neil Goldschmidt’s administration. They know each other, went to school with each other, married each other, had affairs with each other, hired each other and in the long run watched out for each other.

“There will never be an end to this until there is a full-blown house cleaning. Until then, expect the sleaze to get deeper and deeper.” [Bracketed words inserted]

Mr. Goldschmidt was never charged or convicted of a crime, never served any time, has never been listed as a sex offender and continues to receive his public pension. Meanwhile, the alumni of his administration, including some that likely knew and remained silent about his nefarious activities hold substantial sway in Oregon’s Democrat Party.

Mr. Hastert and Mr. Goldschmidt share another element. In the aftermath of Mr. Goldschmidt’s forced disclosure of his conduct, it was discovered that The Oregonian had information about these rapes years before and chose to spike instead of pursue the story. In fact, The Oregonian printed Mr. Goldschmidt’s press release as to his reason for resigning from a prominent government position even though it had precisely the same information in hand that Willamette Week used to break the story. When The Oregonian saw the Willamette Week story in its online version, it was forced to revise its already distributed early morning edition and include the disclosure of Mr. Goldschmidt’s serial rapes in subsequent editions. Later, an Oregonian editorial column sought to forgive Mr. Goldschmidt by suggesting that this was, in fact, a love affair. It was enough to gag a maggot.

In Mr. Hastert’s case, the Wall Street Journal, in a side bar by Ashby Jones and Jacob Gershman, seemed to deflect attention by suggesting ulterior motives:

“Yet another question: why federal prosecutors are bringing charges against Mr. Hastert in the first place. Bringing charges related to any allegedly illegal sexual misconduct decades ago, would likely be banned entirely by statutes-of-limitations. And the charges against Mr. Hastert – lying and attempting to avoid money-laundering laws are relatively minor, legal experts say.”

It is bad enough that these politicians have escaped the real consequences of their acts, but the fact that a collaborative media seeks to cover up or minimize their actions is disgusting.





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  • Bob Clark

    A little more color on the Oregonian and its decision not to pursue the Goldschmidt case. I recall the editor of the Oregonian at the time later had a rather tattered ending himself, involving a secretive relation with a young college age women. Maybe a factor in the reluctance of the “Oregonian” to take on Goldschmidt.

  • It’s becasuse the late fromer A.G. Frohnmayer had a BIG role in the Goldschimdt case NOT to prosecute Godschmidt!!

    Frohnamyer himself never was prosectued or paid, for all his crimes, he committed, against the UO – https://uomatters.com/tag/melinda-grier/page/2-

    and the rest of people, he stole money or their homes from them including me!!



  • HBguy

    At least Mr Huss thinks sex offenders are worse than Obama.
    Its a start.

  • Oregonian

    I see that Oregon Catalyst has the same standards as Lars Larson, which is to say, no standards.

    Hastert has been charged with two felonies, not the misdemeanors stated in this propaganda piece.

    How does a mistake like this make it through? It’s been a big part of the story. How does it get missed?

    Or do you just not care about getting the facts right?

    • Larry Huss

      LH – I went back and checked the two Wall Street Journal articles on May 29 and 30 that I referenced in my column. Neither of the two (actually three) articles in WSJ referred to the charges as felonies. In point of fact the WSJ referred to the charges as “relatively minor.” However, I am a lawyer, although I have not actively practiced for over two decades, and I should have caught the reference to a “maxim penalty of five years.” Back when I was practicing law, a felony was usually defined as anything carrying a “possibility” of a sentence in excess of one year. My bad.

      Even at that, my error does not detract from the essence of the column nor of my criticism of The Oregonian. Perhaps now that The Oregonian has risen to self-righteous indignation, it might want to explain to the OregonaCatalyst readers – maybe its own readers – why:

      It failed to pursue accusation of Mr. Goldschmidt’s rape of the fourteen year old even though it had information relating to it years before Willamette Week broke the story.

      It published Mr. Goldschmidt’s self-serving press release relating to his resignation from the Oregon Board of Higher Education when it knew that it was false and had to correct its story when Willamette Week broke the story using precisely the same information that The Oregonian had.

      It failed to pursue allegations of former Portland Mayor Sam Adams (D-Portland) pursuit of a teenage boy in the public restrooms of City Hall. Allegations that The Oregonian subsequently (meaning after the re-election of Sam Adams as mayor) had to acknowledge as true.

      While my error did not change the essence of my article, The Oregonian acts were, in fact, the essence of the story.

    • Not an implanted Oregonian

      Lars has more common sense in a thumb nail than you have in total embodiment, decry baby!

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