Dennis Hastert to Be Represented by High-Powered D.C. Attorney Thomas Green

Green previously involved in navigating series of high-profile political crises.

Green told ABC News he will head up Hastert’s defense on the bank fraud charges that were laid out in a federal indictment issued two weeks ago. The government has alleged Hastert was paying someone to conceal “prior misconduct.” Sources knowledgeable of the case told ABC News Hastert was paying a man hundreds of thousands of dollars to hide that Hastert had allegedly sexually abused the individual while serving as his teacher and wrestling coach decades ago.

In the weeks leading to Tuesday’s scheduled arraignment, Hastert has remained cloistered. No one had stepped forward to say they would be representing him or to speak publicly in his defense. Another veteran D.C. attorney, Barry Wm. Levine, appeared on the notice of arraignment filed with the U.S. District Court as Hastert’s lawyer, but he has repeatedly declined to answer any questions from reporters.

Green similarly said nothing about his defense plans for Hastert. Nor did he respond to allegations from the sister of a former student of Hastert, who told ABC News in an exclusive interview last week that her late brother had been sexually abused by the one-time House Speaker. The woman, Jolene Burdge, said her brother, Steve Reinboldt, was not the individual referenced in the federal indictment against Hastert.

Green’s resume reads like a chronology of Washington crisis management. According to the law firm’s website, Green represented Retired Major General Richard V. Secord during the Iran-Contra investigation. He helped a sitting U.S. senator navigate the Senate Ethics Committee’s inquiry into the banker Charles Keating. And he was involved defending Minnesota Sen. David Durenburger, a Republican, who was censured by the U.S. Senate in 1990 for unethical conduct involving his evasion of limits on speaking fees.

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