Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert's health will be examined by an independent medical official under a federal judge's order from Wednesday.
Under the judge's order, which was reportedly issued after a private hearing on Tuesday with the judge and lawyers from both sides, a medical expert will "provide an independent report to the court on the defendant's medical condition."
Hastert's poor health led to his sentencing being pushed back to April 8. Hastert, 74, was released from a hospital on January 15 after having been treated for a stroke, a blood infection and sepsis. He also had two back surgeries.
Under a plea deal with prosecutors, the ex-congressman pleaded guilty in late October to failing to abide by bank reporting requirements in connection with an alleged hush money scheme to conceal previous sexual misconduct. Hastert faces a sentence ranging from probation to up six months in prison as part of the plea deal.