Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner To Plead Guilty In 'Sexting' Scandal

Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former NY congressman and estranged husband of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, is expected to plead guilty Friday to a single count of transferring obscene material to a minor for allegedly texting an underage girl in North Carolina.

The scandal-scarred former congressman will cop to a single charge of transferring obscene material to a minor as part of a plea agreement with the US Attorney's Office in Manhattan, the New York Times reported. "I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse", Weiner said through pauses and bouts of tears in an emotional statement.

Weiner was accused in January 2016 of exchanging inappropriate messages with a 15-year-old girl from North Carolina. It was during the investigation into Weiner's illicit relationship that federal agents seized his computer and discovered thousands of Clinton emails forwarded there by Abedin. Clinton has publicly blamed Comey's letter for contributing to her loss to Donald Trump. His wife, Huma Abedin, was not in court. Abedin was not present at Friday's hearing, and a message left with a representative for her seeking comment Friday morning was not returned.

The controversy over Clinton's use of a private email server while she was us secretary of state dogged her throughout the 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. Two days before the election, Comey wrote a second letter to Congress stating that no new evidence against Clinton was found, Fox News reported. That investigation is what prompted the final review in October 2016 of Hillary Clinton's private server, ABC News reported a year ago.

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The investigation into Weiner came to light after the Daily Mail, a British newspaper, published an interview with the North Carolina teen previous year.

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

According to NBC News, numerous media outlets published transcripts of sexually explicit conversations that took place between Weiner and young women he met online.

He ran for New York City mayor in 2013 and was leading several polls until it was revealed he had continued his questionable behavior.

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