Anthony Weiner cries while apologizing in court

20 May, 2017, 11:58 | Author: Benny Bass

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty Friday to transferring obscene material to a minor and will register as a sex offender.

Weiner, who could go to prison, pleaded guilty to a single count of transmitting obscene material to a minor.

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. The plea deal with federal prosecutors included Weiner's agreement not to appeal any sentence of 27 months or less.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the criminal charges had yet to be filed publicly with the court.

Last summer, a British tabloid reported that he was still sexting, and that one of his interlocutors was a 15-year-old girl. Weiner apologizes "for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment I have caused".

"I had hit bottom", Weiner said.

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.

May 29: A spokesman says Weiner's accounts were hacked and calls the burgeoning social media scandal "a distraction".

October 28: In a letter to Congress, then-FBI Director James Comey says his agency is investigating whether there is classified information in newly discovered emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, now the Democratic presidential nominee.

Weiner is the estranged husband of Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's top aide. Federal authorities in NY and North Carolina had been investigating online communications between Weiner and a 15-year-old girl.

The sexting case unexpectedly played a prominent role in the election, after investigators looking into Weiner's laptop found some of Abedin's work emails. Comey announced shortly before the election that the new emails contained nothing to change his view that Clinton could not be charged with a crime.

May 22: Weiner launches his re-entry into the world of politics with a run for New York City mayor, asking voters for a second chance.

Clinton's team blamed Comey's decision to release the documents ahead of the presidential voting as the reason for the Democrat's unexpected loss to President Donald Trump. His failed mayoral bid was the subject of the documentary "Weiner".

Two anonymous sources told The Times that Weiner surrendered to the Federal Bureau of Investigation early Friday morning.

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