Governor Mike Pence of Indiana called former Speaker of the House and serial child molester Dennis Hastert a “man of integrity” after allegations of misconduct surfaced in 2006.
Hastert was indicted in 2015 for financial felonies related to paying off his rape victims. He admitted to a federal judge in April 2016 that he sexually abused “at least four” boys during his time as a high school wrestling coach.
While Hastert was Speaker of the House in 2006 and accused of mishandling another Republican congressman caught up in a gay sex scandal (Mark Foley), Mike Pence called him a “man of integrity” according to WTHR:
Anderson, IN – While conservatives and others debate whether the GOP leadership should have acted sooner, Indiana Congressman Mike Pence is defending U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.
Pence calls Hastert a man of integrity that should not resign.
A senior congressional aide claims House Speaker Dennis Hastert was alerted two years ago about worrisome conduct by former Representative Mark Foley with teenage pages.
While Hastert brushed aside calls to resign, Indiana Republican Mike Pence, toured an Anderson business on a swing through his 6th district.
As conservatives debate whether Hastert should resign over his handling of the complaint, Pence remains a supporter of the embattled speaker.
Dennis Haster later turned out to be a serial child molester. That was probably related to his conduct in 2006:
The nature of Mr. Hastert’s sexual conduct with the youths — one of whom took financial compensation that led to law enforcement scrutiny of Mr. Hastert’s banking practices — raises new questions about his handling of the page scandal.
Disclosures of sexually charged communications from Mr. Foley, then a Republican House member from Florida, to teenage pages whose welfare was the responsibility of House leaders caused a furor in 2006 and helped Democrats take back the House. Mr. Hastert professed no awareness of the activities even though others said he had been alerted to the behavior but did nothing.
It is now easy to imagine that Mr. Hastert had hoped the problem would disappear out of fear of bringing attention to his own past. In fact, rumors about Mr. Hastert surfaced at the time but nothing ever came of them until years later, when large bank withdrawals to pay one of his victims caught the attention of federal authorities.
GotNews has already covered how dumb Mike Pence is and why he is a terrible choice for Donald Trump’s VP likely leveraged in by #NeverTrump forces behind the scenes.
Now we know Clumsy Mike Pence has been caught with his pants down defending serial child rapists in the past.
Is this the man we want one heartbeat away from the Presidency? Is this the man we want to be President Trump’s partner?
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