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Jun012011

Anthony Weiner's Twitter Scandal: 'He Got Hacked,' DCCC Chair Says

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rep. Steve Israel, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, seemingly stood by Rep. Anthony Weiner's claim that his account was hacked when a lewd photo was sent from his Twitter handle to a college student. But he wouldn't comment on whether his fellow New York congressman should resign.

"I think he took the appropriate steps in hiring a lawyer," Israel said Wednesday at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast.

"He got hacked. He got a lawyer," Israel added. "And I think he should listen carefully to what his lawyers say."

The New York congressman wouldn't comment on whether Weiner should resign orabout  his heated press conference Tuesday; Israel maintains he hadn't seen it.

Weiner hired a lawyer over the weekend but has not asked for a formal investigation from the Capitol police -- despite the fact that if a hacker was indeed responsible for the picture being sent it would constitute a federal crime, as Weiner is a member of Congress.

"This was a prank that I've now been talking about for a couple of days. I'm not going to allow it to decide what I talk about for the next week or the next two weeks," an increasingly irritated Weiner said Tuesday. "If I were giving a speech to 45,000 people and someone in the back threw a pie or yelled an insult, I would not spend the next two hours of my speech responding to that pie or that insult. I would return the things that I want to talk about to the audience that I want to talk to, and that is what I intend to do this week."

Weiner became increasingly irritated as the questions continued about the scandal, refusing to answer why he was following the college-aged Twitter user who received the lewd picture -- even calling a CNN reporter a "jackass" for asking him about the situation.

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