Dennis Hastert's legal team is seeking to push back the former U.S. House Speaker's February 29 sentencing date because of his health issues.
After pleading guilty in late October in connection with an alleged hush money scheme, Hastert experienced a stroke in early November and had been recovering in the hospital before being discharged January 15. In requesting the sentencing delay, his lawyers said Hastert is still in the midst of his recovery.
One of his attorneys said Hastert requires assistance to walk and has been directed to rest at home.
Hastert was charged in May with lying to the FBI and breaking banking rules in an attempt to pay an unidentified individual $3.5 million in hush money to conceal allegations of sexual misconduct. The misconduct allegedly took place when Hastert was a teacher at Yorkville High School back in the 1960s and 1970s.
As part of a plea deal with prosecutors, Hastert pleaded guilty on October 28 to one charge on which he was indicted -- failure to adhere to federal bank transaction reporting requirements. Hastert faces either probation or a prison sentence of up to six months.