‘Carlos Danger’ may finally face justice for sexting with a known 15-year-old. The resulting scandal ultimately exposed Hillary Clinton to more allegations regarding her email server and damaged her presidential hopes.
UPDATED: Weiner entered his guilty plea in federal court today, weeping as he made his statement.
“This fall, I came to grips for the first time with the depths of my sickness,” Weiner read in court. “I had hit bottom. I entered intensive treatment, found the courage to take a moral inventory of my defects, and began a program of recovery and mental health treatment that I continue to follow every day.”
He also apologized to his victim, “whom I mistreated so badly.”
Weiner will be sentenced in September. It was also announced today that his wife, Huma Abedin, has filed for divorce.
(ORIGINAL STORY) Former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, husband of Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, will plead guilty today in federal court to sending obscene material to a minor. Although Weiner faces up to ten years in prison for the crime, he may not get jail time at all. Probation is still a possibility for these charges.
The investigation into Weiner’s online activities led authorities to search Huma Abedin’s laptop, which had a number of emails from Hillary Clinton’s infamous server. After the information was turned over to the FBI, director James Comey announced a week before the election that the Bureau was once again investigating issues with Clinton’s server.
Hillary Clinton would later say the Comey announcement cost her in the election. She also blamed the Russians. And everyone else except herself.
Anthony Weiner is set to appear in a federal courtroom on Friday where he will enter a plea of guilty to a single charge of transferring obscene material to a minor.
That charge was filed after DailyMail.com revealed back in September that the disgraced Congressman had been exchanging sexually-charged messages and explicit photos with a 15-year-old high school student in North Carolina.
The exchanges began in January of last year after the teenager reached out to Weiner on Twitter, and continued through the late spring.
Weiner was 51 and still married to Huma Abedin when he sent the texts and images to the minor female, during a time when his primary responsibility was the care of his son Jordan, now 5, while Abedin was on the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton.
Weiner surrendered to the FBI early Friday after finalizing the details of his plea agreement with the US attorney’s office in Manhattan.
He is now facing up to 10 years in prison, and will likely have to register as a sex offender.
The father of the young victim spoke with DailyMail.com after learning that Weiner would be entering a guilty plea, saying: ‘I don’t know if it’s justice. I don’t know what the sentence is gonna be. I would like to see, is [the sentence] fair or not fair? Just because he’s pleading guilty doesn’t mean he’s going to do a bit of time.’
The New York Times was the first to report the story, after speaking with two individuals who were briefed on the matter.
The disclosure of Weiner’s exchanges with the minor female led to an FBI probe back in September, and in late October it was revealed that the same probe had also possibly uncovered evidence of Abedin forwarding classified emails to her husband’s personal laptop computer.
That discovery was later revealed in a very public manner by former FBI Director James Comey a little over a week before the election.
Clinton would later state that she believed the timing of the incident played a role in her loss to Donald Trump.
The girl — whose name was withheld because of her age – told DailyMail.com that the sexting began while she was a sophomore in high school.
In texts obtained by DailyMail.com, Weiner complained to the girl that he rarely had sex with Abedin while also lamenting the fact that he was tasked with caring for the couple’s son.
The young girl’s interview came just one month after Abedin announced she was ending her marriage to Weiner in the wake of a New York Post story that revealed he had sexted yet another lewd picture of himself to a woman.
That photo showed Weiner lying in bed wearing nothing but his boxer briefs while his young son, who was 4 at the time, lay sleeping next to him.
Weiner was aware that the girl was underage, according to DailyMail.com interviews with the victim and her father, as well as a cache of online messages.
The Democratic congressman served seven terms in the House of Representatives for the state of New York before stepping down in June 2011 in the wake of his first sexting scandal.
He then made the decision to run for mayor of New York City, and found himself an unlikely frontrunner in the race, until it was revealed that he had once again been exchanging lewd messages, this time with a woman named Sydney Leathers.
It was that second scandal which also revealed Weiner’s nom de plume when sending lewd messages and images over the Internet – Carlos Danger.
The scandal destroyed Weiner’s chances in the mayoral race and took an even bigger toll on his marriage, especially since Abedin had agreed to help work on her husband’s campaign and share with him her invaluable Rolodex of big-money donors which she obtained over the course of two decades with the Clintons.
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