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Volo Auto Museum Not "Passing Judgment" in Removal of Dennis Hastert Car

Hastert's old 1942 Lincoln Zephyr was on display at the Illinois Tollway's Belvidere Oasis

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    The 1942 dark green Lincoln Zephyr was housed in an exhibit on the Illinois Tollway's Belvidere Oasis. (Published Thursday, June 11, 2015)

    Following his arraignment on federal charges, the Volo Auto Museum will pull a vintage car owned by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert from display. 

    The museum announced its decision on its website Wednesday. The 1942 dark green Lincoln Zephyr was housed in an exhibit on the Illinois Tollway's Belvidere Oasis.

    "Volo is taking this very unusual action in light of the information concerning Speaker Hastert's conduct as reported in the National Media over the last several days," the museum said in a statement. "The actions Volo is taking should not be construed as passing judgment on Speaker Hastert's guilt or innocence in his pending federal criminal case."

    The car once belonged to Hastert, who was indicted on May 28 for making regular withdrawals from his bank accounts below a limit that would require reporting and then lying to federal officials when asked about those withdrawals.

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    The former Speaker of the House is charged with evading bank laws and lying to the FBI. NBC Chicago's Mary Ann Ahern reports. (Published Tuesday, June 9, 2015)

    A federal law enforcement officials told NBC News that Hastert withdrew the money to cover up a sexual relationship he had with a man who was a student at Yorkville High School in Illinois at the time. Hastert was a teacher and wrestling coach at the high school from 1965 to 1981.

    Hastert pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to the charges against him. If convicted, Hastert faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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