Ex-US Rep. Anthony Weiner to plead guilty in sexting case

Frederick Owens
May 20, 2017

Arlo Devlin-Brown, an attorney at Covington & Burling, said Weiner accepted "full responsibility" for his "inappropriate" actions, adding that Weiner would not further address the matter. Weiner tearfully admitted to a federal judge he sent the material to the girl he knew to be 15.

The emails that prompted the FBI to reopen its review of Clinton's private email server days before the 2016 presidential election emerged from the 2016 federal investigation into whether Weiner sent explicit messages to to that underage girl in North Carolina.

He said he "compulsively sought attention from women who contacted me on social media" beginning with his service in Congress and continuing through the first half of a year ago.

"These destructive impulses brought great devastation to family and friends, and destroyed my life's dream of public service", Weiner said. "Yet I remained in denial even as the world around me fell apart". She also accused him of asking her to undress on camera, explained USA Today.

The FBI began investigating Weiner in September after the 15-year-old North Carolina girl told a tabloid news site that she and Weiner had exchanged lewd messages for several months.

A message left with a representative for Abedin seeking comment Friday morning was not returned. The offense "did not feature aggravating factors often present in cases of this kind".

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Weiner will plead guilty to a single charge of transferring obscene material to a minor, pursuant to a plea agreement with the USA attorney's office in New York City, one of the people said.

Federal agents seized Weiner's laptop during the investigation and discovered a batch of emails from his wife, Huma Abedin, then a senior aide to Hillary Clinton. Days before the November presidential election, now-former FBI director James Comey told Congress about the FBI investigation into emails between Clinton and her aides, The Times reported a year ago.

Though Mr Comey said soon afterwards that the emails contained nothing to change his view that Mrs Clinton could not be charged with a crime, the development was seen as influencing voters in the run-up to polling on 8 November. A decision which came during the final push for Donald Trump and Clinton for the presidency.

Weiner resigned from Congress in June 2011 after the discovery of an explicit picture of him sent over Twitter.

In September, Weiner suggested he had "likely been the subject of a hoax" after the accusations of sexting with the teen first surfaced.

An effort to resurrect his career progressed in 2013 as he began his candidacy for mayor of NY.

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