Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert – a “serial child molester” who was recently sentenced to 15 months in prison – received 22 gifts worth $8,205 from foreign governments between 2006 and 2011, including a jeweled Moroccan sword.
Hastert disclosed the gifts as required and turned them over to the General Services Administration, according to documents obtained by the website Government Attic.org through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Giving up such gifts is a standard process to eliminate conflicts of interest. The document does not disclose who awarded the gifts.
Among the presents, Hastert received a “dagger/sword Moroccan jeweled” valued at $650, records show. He also received a $100 crystal goblet, a $300 bronze female statue and a $900 blue and pink wool rug.
A federal judge called Hastert a “serial child molester” April 27 when the former speaker was sentenced to 15 months in prison for bank fraud related to sexual abuse allegations. (RELATED: Dennis Hastert Gets 15 Months Behind Bars In Hush-Money Case)
Other lawmakers listed in the document include former Speaker [crscore]John Boehner[/crscore] and House Minority Leader [crscore]Nancy Pelosi[/crscore]. Boehner received two gifts, each worth $1,200, including a barbecue grill. Pelosi received seven gifts totaling $3,856, which includes a $985 Persian carpet.
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