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Barney Frank: Dennis Hastert's Sexual Misconduct Scandal Makes Bill Clinton Look Like 'Almost A Virgin'

06/02/2015 01:17 pm ET | Updated Jun 02, 2015

In a HuffPost Live conversation on Monday, former Congressman Barney Frank spoke out against Dennis Hastert's "hypocrisy" amid Hastert's sexual misconduct scandal, which came to light this past weekend.

Hastert, a former Republican Speaker of the House, allegedly paid more than $1.7 million to an unnamed person in an effort to cover-up accusations of sexual abuse. Hastert was charged with bank fraud for withdrawing the money in small increments so he would not be required to report the transactions to the FBI. While Hastert has stayed mum about allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a male student during his time as a high school wrestling coach and history teacher, Frank had no problem pointing out the irony of Hastert's alleged misconduct.

Frank noted that Hastert, along with Newt Gingrich and Bob Livingston, have all faced sexual misconduct allegations or allegations of infidelity, yet they all participated in Bill Clinton's impeachment proceedings for his own misconduct.

"These people get together and impeach Bill Clinton, who looks like almost a virgin in that crowd," Frank told host Alyona Minkovski.

Frank also discussed Hastert's opposition to gay marriage, calling it "the kind of hypocrisy that should be penalized," considering the allegations he is now facing.

"Dennis Hastert twice as Speaker tried to get the house to pass a constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage [and], in fact, retroactively would have canceled marriages that happened in Massachusetts," he said. "So when someone who himself has engaged in same-sex activity then uses his position of great power to try to penalize other people who are doing that, that's the kind of hypocrisy that should be penalized."

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  • School
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    Hastert is a graduate of Wheaton College and Northern Illinois University.
  • Family
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    Hastert was born on Jan. 2, 1942, in Aurora, Illinois. He has two children, Ethan and Joshua, with his wife, Jean.
  • Nickname
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    Hastert often goes by "Denny."
  • Coaching And Teaching
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    Hastert was a history teacher at Yorkville High School in Illinois from 1964 to 1980. While working there, Hastert coached football and wrestling.
  • House Experience
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    Hastert began serving in the Illinois House of Representatives in 1980, and the U.S. House of Representatives in 1987. He served as the House chief deputy minority whip from 1995 to 1999.
  • Foley Scandal
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    Hastert and others in GOP leadership were embroiled in scandal in 2006 when it was revealed then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) had sent sexually explicit instant messages and emails to male congressional pages. The Republican leadership’s handling of the scandal, with Hastert at the helm, played a key role in that year’s midterm elections, when the GOP sustained a major shellacking and was forced to hand over control of the House to Democrats, after dominating it since 1994.
  • Speaker Of The House
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    Hastert served as speaker of the House from 1999 to 2007, and is the longest-serving Republican speaker in U.S. history.
  • Hastert Resignation
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    Hastert announced he would not run for re-election in August 2007. He formally announced his resignation from Congress on the House floor in November 2007.
  • Dickstein Shapiro
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    In May 2008, Hastert agreed to join the lobbying firm Dickstein Shapiro as a senior advisor.
  • Indictment
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    The AP reports: Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime high school teacher silent about "prior misconduct" by the Illinois Republican who once was second in line to the U.S. presidency, according to a federal grand jury indictment handed down Thursday. The indictment, which doesn't describe the alleged misconduct by Hastert, charges the 73-year-old with one count of evading bank regulations by withdrawing $952,000 in increments of less than $10,000 to skirt reporting requirements. He also is charged with one count of lying to the FBI about the reason for the unusual withdrawals.
  • Retirement From Dickstein Shapiro
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    Upon news of his indictment, Hastert resigned from Dickstein Shapiro.
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