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Hastert Linked to Alleged Plot
 Sweaty Wrestler caught up in Rezko probe


Dennis Hastert was added to the roster of political heavyweights linked by witnesses to an alleged plan to
dump Chicago's top federal prosecutor and kill a criminal investigation into a top fundraiser for Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

A witness at the corruption trial Tony Rezko testified that Rezko told him in February 2005 about an effort under way
to fire U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald and replace him with someone more compliant to be hand-picked by Hastert,
then the highest ranking Republican crook in the House.

Rezko said the Hastert designee would then "order the prosecutor to stop the investigation," recalled Elie Maloof,
a former Rezko business associate who also testified that Rezko had told him to keep Rezko's name to himself
if he were questioned by authorities because it could damage Blagojevich.

Hastert, knowing this was coming, retired from the House last year.

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