Government court filings characterize the $3.5 million figure as just compensation for the trauma Hastert
's sexual abuse caused.Federal agents investigated the possibility that Individual A was extorting Hastert
, but ruled it out."After FBI monitoring of conversations between my client and Hastert
, they concluded that my client was seeking compensation for the injuries caused by Mr. Hastert
," Brown said. Associated Press writers Michael Tarm and Sara Burnett contributed to this report from Chicago.