Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert hires defense attorney

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CHICAGO– Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has hired a top white-collar crime defense attorney to defend him against federal charges that he tried to hide hush money payments and lied to the FBI about it. Thomas Green, a Washington-based lawyer with Sidley Austin, is representing Hastert, a firm partner confirmed to CNN.

Green has represented clients tied to huge national scandals including Watergate, Iran-Contra, Whitewater and the Keating Five.

Hastert makes his first appearance in federal court Tuesday in Chicago. He has not spoken or been seen publicly since the indictment was announced.

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