Anthony Weiner to plead guilty in sexting case

Cornelia Mascio
Mag 20, 2017

Former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner was expected to plead guilty in federal court in NY on Friday, months after U.S. prosecutors opened an investigation into his alleged "sexting" with a 15-year-old girl that eventually played a role in the U.S. presidential election.

Weiner will plead to one count of transferring obscene material to a minor.

The U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan says the Democrat will appear in court at 11 a.m. Friday.

An investigation was launched last September into reports that Weiner had been sending sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina, The Times reported.

In court, the 52-year-old former Democratic congressman paused repeatedly as he fought back tears and tried to compose himself.

Bloomberg News reported Weiner's plea agreement called for a sentence between 21 and 27 months.

"I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse", Weiner said. Weiner will have to register as a sexual offender, according to Bloomberg.

The investigation led FBI agents to seize his laptop computer, which led to the discovery of a new cache of emails that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had sent to Huma Abedin, Weiner's wife.

Two years later, the Democrat took a crack at reviving his flailing career by running in the NY mayoral race.

That led to then-FBI Director James Comey informing Congress on October 28 that the bureau was again investigating Clinton's private email server use. Abedin had an email account on Clinton's private server, ABC News reported.

Officials began to investigate Weiner over the allegations a year ago, and the probe into Weiner even affected the 2016 presidential campaign.

In testimony to Congress two weeks ago, Comey said he felt "mildly nauseous" at the suggestion his actions may have swayed the election, but added that he had no regrets. His social media habits continued after leaving Congress and contributed to his poor showing with his 2013 New York City mayoral campaign, a race in which he had once been a leading contender. Trump and other Republicans accused Clinton of endangering national security by exposing classified information to potential hacking.

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