Attorneys for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and federal prosecutors signaled Monday that they are in talks over a potential plea deal, which could lead to the ex-lawmaker's case not going to trial.
The news about the plea negotiations came at a court hearing Monday on a request from Hastert's lawyers for an additional extension to file pre-trial motions.
An attorney for Hastert said today that talks between the two sides over a possible plea deal have been "linear and productive."
Hastert's legal team said it would move to dismiss the ex-House speaker's indictment if a plea deal is not reached.
At today's hearing, U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin stated that, if the two sides do not reach a deal, he would like to see Hastert's trial start in March or April. The next court date in the case is on October 15, during which a trial date could be set if there is no plea deal.
Hastert has been charged with lying to the FBI and breaking banking rules in an attempt to pay someone off $3.5 million in hush money to conceal previous sexual misconduct.