Paul Ryan removes portrait of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert

Washington (CNN)House Speaker Paul Ryan said he was ready to make some changes and one of his first was removing a portrait of Dennis Hastert in the Speaker's lobby outside the House floor.

"The speaker believed it was appropriate to rotate in a different portrait," the Wisconsin Republican's spokeswoman AshLee Strong told CNN.
In its place a portrait of Speaker Frederick Gillett of Massachusetts, who served from 1919-1925, now hangs.
Hastert, who served as House speaker from 1999-2007, pleaded guilty in a $3.5 million hush money case last week in Chicago on the same day that Ryan was nominated by Republicans to serve as speaker.
    Hastert admitted to structuring money transactions in a way to evade requirements to report where the money was going. In addition, Hastert was charged with making false statements to federal investigators.
    As part of a plea deal, Hastert pleaded guilty only to the count of hiding money transactions.
    Two sources with knowledge of the federal investigation told CNN in June that Hastert was paying a former student to stay quiet about allegations of sexual abuse from when he was a wrestling coach and teacher in Yorkville, Illinois.