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Thursday
Jun162011

Anthony Weiner Telling Friends He Plans to Resign

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Embattled New York Democrat Congressman Anthony Weiner is telling friends he will resign his seat in Congress, ABC News has learned, bowing to growing demands that he step down because of his sexting scandal.

A source said Weiner called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Wednesday night while they were at a White House picnic to inform them he would resign Thursday.

The married congressman's career began unraveling last month when a now infamous photo of a man's crotch ended up on his public Twitter feed. After days of awkward denials and claims he had been hacked, Weiner admitted not only to sending that picture, but also to exchanging explicit messages and photos with several women online.

"I take full responsibility for my actions," Weiner said at a press conference on June 6. "The picture was of me, and I sent it."

Just two days after the press conference, ABC News learned that Weiner and wife Huma Abedin -- a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- are expecting the couple’s first child.

"I love my wife very much, and we have no intention of splitting up over this," Weiner said at the press conference, days before news surfaced of his wife’s pregnancy.

On Monday, the U.S. House approved Weiner's request for a temporary leave of absence. A day earlier, the Congressman said he was "seeking treatment" for an undisclosed condition at an unknown location outside New York.

His resignation comes amid mounting pressure from leaders of both political parties.

President Obama echoed the sentiments of a number of top Democrats this week when he told NBC’s Today, "If it was me, I would resign."

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, joined his counterpart, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., this week in calling for Weiner’s resignation.

Earlier this month, the Congressman admitted to accidentally sending a lewd photo to a woman, Seattle college student Gennette Cordova, who was following him on Twitter.

At his June 6 press conference, Weiner said he had "inappropriate" electronic relationships with six women over three years. One of those women, 26-year-old Meagan Broussard of Texas, provided ABC News with dozens of photos, emails, Facebook messages, and cell phone call logs that she said chronicled a sexually-charged electronic relationship with Weiner that rapidly evolved for more than a month. Weiner confirmed that Broussard was one of the women with whom he sexted.

Since the controversial photo popped up last month, other pictures were exposed, including one of the Congressman posing in a mirror at the members-only House gym, and another purported to be a nude photograph of Weiner's genitalia.

Police in New Castle, Del., investigated Weiner's online communication with a 17-year-old Delaware girl, but the lawyer for the girl's family said there was nothing salacious or inappropriate in the tweets. The girl, whose identity has been confirmed by ABC News but is being withheld due to her age, has commented publicly on Twitter that she had been in direct contact with the congressman. Through a spokesperson, Weiner admitted that he exchanged messages with the girl but added "his communications with this person were neither explicit nor indecent."

Once considered a rising star in the Democratic Party and one of the House Democrats' most popular members, many considered Weiner a leading candidate for mayor of New York City.

A poll earlier this month by local news network New York 1 and Marist College found 56 percent of registered voters in New York's 9th congressional district believed Weiner should stay in office. Thirty-three percent said at the time that Weiner should immediately resign, while 12 percent were undecided.

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Wednesday
Jun152011

Former Porn Actress: Weiner 'Asked Me to Lie'

D Dipasupil/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- During a press conference Wednesday in New York City, former porn star Ginger Lee said Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., asked her to lie about their correspondence.

Lee said she never sent photos to or received photos from the congressman, and although he tried to make their conversations sexual by references to his "package," she "did not reciprocate."

"'I have wardrobe demands, too. I need to highlight my package,'" Weiner wrote in an email to Lee that was read aloud at the press conference by Lee's attorney, Gloria Allred.

Allred said that Lee began following Weiner on Twitter because he supported Planned Parenthood and health care, two issues that are important to her.

After the photo of Weiner's crotch went public, Lee said, "he asked me to lie" about the relationship. She said she issued a three-sentence statement at Weiner's request.

On June 2, Lee said Weiner called her and told her to avoid the media. According to Lee, Weiner believed if they both lay low and said nothing, the story would calm down and die. Now Lee wants Weiner to resign.

"I think that Anthony Weiner should resign, because he lied. He lied to the public and the press for more than a week," she said. "If he lied about this, I can't have much faith in him about anything else."

House Democrats and President Obama have all urged the congressman to step down.

Weiner, who has taken a two-week leave from the House, is currently at an undisclosed location seeking treatment for an undisclosed disorder. His wife, Huma Abedin, aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, returned from a trip to Africa with Clinton Wednesday morning.

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Tuesday
Jun142011

Schumer and Reid: Still No Call for Anthony Weiner's Resignation

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Amid mounting pressure for Congressman Anthony Weiner to resign in the wake of his sexting scandal, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Tuesday would not call for the resignation of his friend Weiner, D-N.Y., but said the situation is “distressing” and “saddening.”

“Those of us who have been friends of Anthony Weiner for a very long time feel his wrongful behavior is distressing, it’s saddening, it’s heartbreaking,” Schumer said at a press conference. “Now it’s clear he needs professional help, that’s what he sought.”

Schumer on Saturday had issued a paper statement much to the same effect, but this is the first time the New York senator has made on-camera remarks regarding the scandal since it broke.

The two men are friends – Weiner worked for Schumer for many years when the now-senator was a New York congressman.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-N.V., was asked why he has not called for Weiner’s resignation, amid many calls from Democratic leaders for Weiner to go.

“I’ve said enough about that,” Reid said. He referenced his last statement made last Tuesday, when he said he wish he could defend Weiner but cannot.

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Monday
Jun132011

President Obama on Anthony Weiner Scandal: 'I Would Resign'

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Monday joined a chorus of top Democrats condeming the behavior of Rep. Anthony Weiner, saying, "If it was me, I would resign."

The remark, made during an interview with NBC, is the most forceful comment yet from the White House since the start of the scandal that has engulfed the New York congressman.

"When you get to the point where, because of various personal distractions, you can't serve as effectively as you need to, at the time when people are worrying about jobs, and their mortgages, and paying the bills -- then you should probably step back,'' Obama said.

Earlier Monday, White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One that Obama saw the Weiner affair as a "distraction," but stopped short of calling on Weiner to resign.

"The behavior was inappropriate. The dishonesty was inappropriate," Carney said of Weiner's admission of risque online chats and message swaps with multiple women after first denying them.

"We think it's a distraction from the important business that this president needs to conduct and Congress need to conduct," he added.

Weiner said this weekend that he was taking a "short leave of absence to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person." He was not expected in Washington Monday as the House of Representatives resumed business after a recess.

But Weiner's announcement did little to tamper new revelations about his behavior, or the mounting pressure from his peers to step down.

The website TMZ posted photographs Sunday that Weiner apparently shot of himself in the members-only House gym, adding further personal embarrassment and a reminder that at least some of his controversial behavior took place on Capitol Hill.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz also ratcheted up pressure on Weiner, insisting a temporary leave of absence is not enough.

While the Democratic leadership can't force Weiner to resign, it can make life nearly impossible for him if he decides to stay, stripping him of his committee assignments and turning him effectively into a congressman with little power or influence. Still, Weiner has publicly vowed to keep his job.

Some of New York's most powerful Democrats say it's up to his constituents to decide whether he deserves to stay in office and receive another term.

A poll by New York 1 and Marist College last week found 56 percent of registered voters in New York's 9th Congressional District think Weiner should stay. Thirty-three percent said Weiner should immediately resign, while 12 percent were undecided, according to the poll.

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Monday
Jun132011

White House: Anthony Weiner a 'Distraction' to Obama's Agenda

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The scandal involving New York Democrat Anthony Weiner is a "distraction" from the president's agenda, the White House said Monday, but spokesman Jay Carney did not indicate whether the administration would like to see the congressman step down.

"We think this is a distraction obviously from the important business the president needs to -- the Congress needs to do," Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to North Carolina, where President Obama was to deliver a speech on job creation. "Beyond that I don’t have any comment."

Weiner has requested a short leave of absence from the House of Representatives and his office says he is seeking treatment for a condition that has not been specified.

Weiner, who is married and whose wife is pregnant with the couple's first child, has admitted to having inappropriate electronic relationships with several women over a three-year period.

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Monday
Jun132011

John Boehner Pokes Fun at Anthony Weiner's Name

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Republican House Speaker John Boehner has been notably quiet about the scandal that has engulfed Rep. Anthony Weiner and raised the ire of Democratic Party leaders.

But Boehner broke his silence over the weekend during his commencement address at Ohio State University, poking fun at the New York congressman's name and the hot water he's in.

"When you begin to go out there to ask people to vote for you, they're probably not going to vote for you if they don't know your name," Boehner said. "My name looks like 'beener,' 'bonner,' 'boner.'"

"Thank God it's not Weiner," he added, triggering laughter and applause from the crowd.

"People make fun of my name all the time," Weiner said in an interview with ABC News earlier this month when he claiming his lewd tweets were the work of a hacker. "With the name 'Weiner' you get that."

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Sunday
Jun122011

More Photos of Weiner Pop Up

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The scandal involving Rep. Anthony Weiner continues to grab headlines, with new photos of the congressman surfacing on the internet on Sunday.

The latest set of photos was posted on the website TMZ.com and shows Weiner in a series of snapshots that were reportedly taken while he was at a gym. In the photos, taken by Weiner using a Blackberry device and a mirror, the congressman appears partially-nude in some shots and dressed in more clothing in others.

On Saturday a spokesperson said Weiner will seek professional treatment to “to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person” and would be requesting a short leave of absence from the House of Representatives as part of the process.

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi along with other party leaders are calling for Weiner to resign.

Weiner has admitted to engaging in inappropriate electronic relationships with several women over a three-year period.

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Saturday
Jun112011

Pelosi Calls on Weiner to Step Down

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rep. Anthony Weiner continues to be caught in a political downpour following his admission that he engaged in inappropriate electronic relationships with several women over a three year period.

On Saturday Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued a statement calling on Congressman Weiner to step down from office.

“Congressman Weiner has the love of his family, the confidence of his constituents, and the recognition that he needs help,” Pelosi said in a statement. “I urge Congressman Weiner to seek that help without the pressures of being a Member of Congress.”

Weiner has asked for a leave of absence from the House of Representatives to seek professional treatment.

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz also joined in urging Weiner to resign, saying that the congressman’s behavior was indefensible and his continued service in Congress is untenable.

“This sordid affair has become an unacceptable distraction for Representative Weiner, his family, his constituents and the House – and for the good of all, he should step aside and address those things that should be most important – his and his family’s well-being,” Schultz said in a statement.

Steve Israel, Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), on Saturday said Weiner’s behavior was an "insurmountable distraction to the House," and a distraction from the work for the American people.

"With a heavy heart, I call on Anthony to resign," Israel said in a statement.

"I pray for his family and hope that Anthony will take time to get the help he needs without the distractions and added pressures of Washington, DC," said the DCCC chairman.

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Saturday
Jun112011

Authorities Investigating Messages Between Weiner and Teen

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- There was nothing salacious or inappropriate in the tweets that Rep. Anthony Weiner exchanged with a 17-year-old Delaware girl, according to her family's lawyer, and police said the girl told them nothing about any criminal activity.

Police in New Castle, Del., began investigating Weiner's online communication with the girl after he admitted earlier in the week that he sent lewd photos of himself to several women via social media.

Authorities visited the high school student's home Friday to talk to her mother and request access to the girl's phone and computer.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Saturday that Philadelphia lawyer Daniel P. McElhatton, who represents the girl's family, issued a statement saying: "The 'Tweets' in question between the student in question and the Congressman were not salacious or in any manner inappropriate. No photographers were ever sent to her or from her."

New Castle police say their investigation thus far has turned up no wrongdoing on Weiner's part. The girl's mother also told the New York Post there was nothing obscene in the two communications Weiner sent her daughter.

The girl, whose identity has been confirmed by ABC News but is being withheld due to her age, has commented publicly on Twitter that she had been in direct contact with the congressman.

Through a spokesperson, Weiner admitted he exchanged messages with the girl but added "his communications with this person were neither explicit nor indecent."

The contact between Weiner and the teen reportedly started in April after her class took a trip to Washington D.C. and saw him speak.

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Friday
Jun102011

Police Visit Home of Minor Who Communicated with Weiner

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW CASTLE COUNTY, Del.) -- ABC News has learned more about Congressman Anthony Weiner's online contacts.

Police in New Castle County, Del. visited the home of a 17-year-old girl who was one of Weiner's followers on Twitter who boasted that she has communicated with the congressman online.

It remains unclear who called the police, or exactly why they were there.  But Weiner's newly hired spokeswoman told ABC News in a statement, "According to Congressman Weiner, his communications with this person were neither explicit nor indecent."

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