Judge delays Hastert’s arraignment in hush-money case

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago has delayed what was supposed to be former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s first court appearance following his indictment in a hush-money case.

A filing Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin’s clerk says the arraignment of the Illinois Republican has been pushed from Thursday to June 9. It offers no explanation.

A grand jury indictment alleges the 73-year-old Republican agreed to pay $3.5 million to ensure someone from the town where he taught and coached high school wrestling stayed quiet about his “prior misconduct.”

Hastert hasn’t spoken or appeared in public since his indictment. No attorney has spoken on his behalf and no lawyer is named on his court docket.

The indictment charges Hastert with evading bank regulations and lying to the FBI.