The White House on Friday reacted wistfully to the indictment of former Speaker Dennis HastertJohn (Dennis) Dennis HastertFeehery: The confidence game Settlement reached in hush money case involving ex-Speaker Feehery: Not this way MORE (R-Ill.).
Even though Hastert served in the Republican Party, “there is nobody here who derives any pleasure from reading about the former Speaker’s legal troubles,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.
The comments are the White House's first reaction since the Justice Department indicted Hastert on charges of illegally transferring hush money to a victim of past misconduct and lying to the FBI about it.
Earnest would not comment on the charges against Hastert, citing the ongoing investigation.
President Obama and Hastert both hail from the state of Illinois, which has a history of legal issues dogging its top elected officials.
Earnest noted it is unclear whether the charges are related to Hastert’s service in government. He said he is not aware of “any material, personal relationship” between the president and the former Speaker.