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Fri Jun 5, 2015, 09:32 AM

 

Sister says her brother had sexual relationship with former House Speaker Dennis Hastert

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/sister-says-her-brother-had-sexual-relationship-with-former-house-speaker/2232454

Associated Press
Friday, June 5, 2015 9:00am

WASHINGTON A Montana woman says the FBI interviewed her last month about her allegations that her brother had a sexual relationship while in high school with Dennis Hastert, the wrestling coach who would become speaker of the House.

Hastert was charged last week in a federal indictment that alleges he agreed to pay $3.5 million to someone from Yorkville, the Illinois town where he taught and coached high school wrestling, so the person would stay quiet about "prior misconduct."

Jolene Burdge of Billings, Mont., told the Associated Press on Thursday that the FBI interviewed her in mid-May about Hastert. She said her brother told her before he died in 1995 that his first homosexual contact was with Hastert and that the abuse lasted through all of his high school years.

Burdge would not disclose her brother's name to AP but said he graduated from Yorkville High School in 1971 and that Hastert was his teacher and wrestling coach. Hastert was a teacher and coach in Yorkville from 1965 to 1981, according to the indictment.

In an interview broadcast Friday on ABC's Good Morning America, Burdge identified her brother as Stephen Reinboldt, and said Hastert had been a father figure to him at high school. But she also said she believed that relationship had caused irreparable harm.

"He damaged Steve, I think, more than any of us will ever know," she told the morning show.

The AP could not independently verify her allegations.

The Associated Press, citing a person familiar with the allegations in the indictment, reports that the payments mentioned in the indictment were intended to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago. AP said the person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

Hastert has not been charged with sexual abuse. But Burdge's story indicates there could be more victims beyond the "Individual A" named in the indictment.

Hastert did not respond to a message left on his cellphone early Friday. Emails and phone messages sent to his son, Ethan Hastert, were also not answered.

The FBI did not respond to a request for comment on Burdge's allegations.

Reinboldt died in Los Angeles in 1995 at the age of 42. Burdge told ABC that he died of AIDS.

An obituary published in the Aurora Beacon News said Reinboldt had "a unique and fascinating mind" and was drawn to the arts, especially film, drama and music.

He was a manager of the wrestling team that Hastert coached, the AP found. He was also manager of the football team, student council president and a member of the pep club, letterman's club, the French club and the yearbook staff.

He graduated in 1971 and later moved to the Los Angeles area, where he worked for Columbia Pictures in sales and distribution. He also worked for several software companies.

"He wanted to be in TV and film and all that," his brother, Daniel Reinboldt, told AP Thursday. "He went to New York and L.A., back and forth trying to get into the movie business."

On Thursday, Daniel Reinboldt, who still lives in Yorkville, refused to talk to the AP about whether his brother was abused by Hastert. Another sister, Carol Reinboldt, of Lakewood, Colo., did not respond to messages from AP.
Burdge said her brother told her about his past with Hastert in 1979, after she graduated high school, but never brought his story out into the open because he feared "nobody would believe him."

The relationship with Hastert affected him "in a big way," Burdge said.

"He never had a life," she said. "He spent his life trying to run away from it and trying to dull the pain."
The federal indictment, announced May 28, accuses Hastert of evading bank regulations in withdrawing hundreds of thousands of dollars and lying to the FBI about the reason for the withdrawals. The document says Hastert agreed to pay a total of $3.5 million to someone identified only as "Individual A" to "compensate for and conceal (Hastert's) prior misconduct" against that person. But it does not go into any detail about the alleged misconduct.
The former congressman, who has a home in the Chicago suburb of Plano, hasn't been seen in public since the indictment was announced. He resigned from the Washington lobbying firm where he worked.

Burdge considered telling her brother's story in 2006, as a scandal involving Rep. Mark Foley unfolded. Foley, a Florida Republican, was discovered sending inappropriate emails and sexually explicit instant messages to former House pages while Hastert was speaker. Burdge spoke briefly with news outlets, including the Associated Press, but she ultimately decided against coming forward with a statement at that time. Hastert stepped down in 2007.
She said in the last six months, she had started to put her brother's story "on the shelf" trying to move past it. Then the FBI visited her home.

Today, she says she is hopeful that any other victims come forward.

"We can help each other," Burdge said.


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I'll just bet Dennis was one of the Franklin Cover Up toys....

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Glimmer of Hope Jun 2015 #2
TheNutcracker Jun 2015 #5
MoonRiver Jun 2015 #7
get the red out Jun 2015 #4
TheNutcracker Jun 2015 #6
nichomachus Jun 2015 #8
TheNutcracker Jun 2015 #9
nichomachus Jun 2015 #10
TheNutcracker Jun 2015 #11
TheNutcracker Jun 2015 #12
joeybee12 Jun 2015 #13
Prism Jun 2015 #14
TheNutcracker Jun 2015 #15
B Calm Jun 2015 #16
TheNutcracker Jun 2015 #17

Response to TheNutcracker (Original post)

Fri Jun 5, 2015, 09:55 AM

1. Kick....Hastert out of his silence!

 

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Response to TheNutcracker (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 5, 2015, 10:02 AM

3. PS...Exposing the GOP for such hypocrisy would be good....

 

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Response to TheNutcracker (Original post)

Fri Jun 5, 2015, 10:01 AM

2. Good grief! It was sexual abuse, not a sexual relationship.

Hastert is a pedophile.

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Response to Glimmer of Hope (Reply #2)

Fri Jun 5, 2015, 10:46 AM

5. Yes, Hastert IS a pedophile, and it's abuse. At the time the poor guy thought it was a relationship.

 

And of course the nooze has been glossing over this part. IT'S SEXUAL CHILD ABUSE!

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Response to TheNutcracker (Reply #5)

Fri Jun 5, 2015, 10:51 AM

7. That's what grooming is all about.

The abuser convinces the victim that it is his/her choice to be abused. Brainwashing 101

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Response to TheNutcracker (Original post)

Fri Jun 5, 2015, 10:11 AM

4. I've been thinking of that

I've been thinking of the "Franklin Cover-up" ever since this started coming out. The threads of that horror ran deep into the Republican party as well as the elite.

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Response to get the red out (Reply #4)

Fri Jun 5, 2015, 10:48 AM

6. Indeed, and here's the link for the info on the CHICAGO PEDO PARTIES!

 

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Response to TheNutcracker (Reply #6)

Fri Jun 5, 2015, 11:13 AM

8. Wow -- that is some weird conspiracy theory (with a capital CT) shit

Can't believe anyone wasted all that bandwidth on that nonsense

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Response to nichomachus (Reply #8)

Fri Jun 5, 2015, 11:17 AM

9. Well the book was written by Senator John DeCamp of Nebraska where the abuse took place.

 

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Response to TheNutcracker (Reply #9)

Fri Jun 5, 2015, 11:24 AM

10. Did you check the site it linked to? Wooo Wooo Wooo n/t

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Response to nichomachus (Reply #10)

Fri Jun 5, 2015, 01:54 PM

11. Why are you nitpicking the source over the context? Here is an Amazon link for you. Read the book!

 

http://www.amazon.com/The-Franklin-Cover-up-Satanism-Nebraska/dp/0963215809

The Franklin Cover-up: Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska Paperback August 16, 2011

by Senator John W. DeCamp (Author)
152 customer reviews
The shut-down of Omaha, Nebraska's Franklin Community Federal Credit Union, raided by federal agencies in November 1988, sent shock waves all the way to Washington, D.C. $40 million was missing. The credit union's manager: Republican Party activist Lawrence E. "Larry" King, Jr., behind whose rise to fame and riches stood powerful figures in Nebraska politics and business, and in the nation's capital.

In the face of opposition from local and state law enforcement, from the FBI, and from the powerful Omaha World-Herald newspaper, a special Franklin committee of the Nebraska Legislature launched its own probe. What looked like a financial swindle, soon exploded into a hideous tale of drugs, Iran-Contra money-laundering, a nationwide child abuse ring, and ritual murder.

Nineteen months later, the legislative committee's chief investigator died - suddenly, and violently, like more than a dozen other people linked to the Franklin case.

Author John DeCamp knows the Franklin scandal from the inside. In 1990, his "DeCamp memo" first publicly named the alleged high-ranking abusers. Today, he is attorney for two of the abuse victims.

Using documentation never before made public, DeCamp lays bare not only the crimes, but the cover-up - a textbook case of how dangerous the corruption of institutions of government, and the press, can be. In its sweep and in what it portends for the nation, the Franklin cover-up followed the ugly precedent of the Warren Commission.
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Response to nichomachus (Reply #10)

Fri Jun 5, 2015, 01:56 PM

12. PS, and do consider the lock down of media we are all aware of. No one will talk about this!

 

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Response to TheNutcracker (Original post)

Fri Jun 5, 2015, 01:57 PM

13. More victims...how disgusting...

 

The man who was third in line to be President...pretty effing awful.

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Response to TheNutcracker (Original post)

Fri Jun 5, 2015, 02:07 PM

14. "all through his high school years"

 

This makes it sound as if it was initiated when the victim was quite young.

"his first homosexual contact". Ugh, does that phrase ever bother me in the context of abuse/rape.

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Response to Prism (Reply #14)

Fri Jun 5, 2015, 02:28 PM

15. exaclty, and summing it up as a relationship instead of abuse.

 

Yes, third in line.....wonder how he got there? Please review all posts and links here!

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Response to TheNutcracker (Original post)

Fri Jun 5, 2015, 02:44 PM

16. and this bastard impeached President Clinton, LOL. . .

 

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Response to B Calm (Reply #16)

Fri Jun 5, 2015, 04:51 PM

17. He sure did, knowing he did something horrible.

 

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