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June 6th, 2011
07:30 PM ET

Weiner apologizes for lying, 'terrible mistakes,' refuses to resign

(CNN) - A week after claiming a hacker had posted a lewd photo to his Twitter account, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner on Monday apologized for lying about the incident and admitted carrying on inappropriate relationships with several women he'd met online.

Weiner, a New York Democrat, said he is not resigning his seat, nor is he planning on separating from his wife. But he said he took "full responsibility" for his actions - both the relationships and for lying about sending the photo last month of his bulging underwear on his Twitter account.

"To be clear, the picture was of me, and I sent it. I'm deeply sorry for the pain this has caused my wife, and our family, my constituents, my friends, my supporters and my staff," he said, claiming he'd posted the Twitter photo accidentally as a "joke" and then "panicked." "I lied because I was ashamed at what I had done, and I didn't want to get caught."

An emotional Weiner described his actions as "dumb," "destructive" and "deeply, deeply hurtful" - both for his admitted coverup and for repeatedly engaging in "inappropriate conversations conducted over Twitter, Facebook, e-mail and occasionally on the phone" with women he'd met online, mostly via Facebook.

The congressman claimed that he never met any of these women in person, and that his wife Huma only learned he'd been lying about the Twitter picture on Monday morning.

"I have made terrible mistakes," Weiner told reporters. "I have not been honest with myself or my family. ... I should not have done this, and I should not have done this particularly when I was married."

Weiner claimed he does not believe he used any government resources, while he "exchanged messages and photos of an explicit nature with about six women over the last three years." Some of those relationships began before his 2010 marriage and some happened, and continued, afterward.

Still, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi announced that she would call "for an Ethics Committee investigation to determine whether any official resources were used or any other violation of House rules occurred."

Weiner issued a statement saying he would "welcome and fully cooperate" with the probe, which other Democratic leaders also rallied behind. But one Republican source called the move "hollow," saying Pelosi should have insisted that Weiner resign - as former Rep. Chris Lee, a New York Republican, did in February amid reports that the married man had tried to solicit women via Craigslist.

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  1. Ray

    having spent a part of my life attached to the foreign service and clandestine operations, your first thoughts are always to avoid any situation which may compromise you. Congressman Wiener, a US rep who does not understand this is a severe liability. He should be removed

    June 6, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  2. Joshua Morfin

    Re: Anthony Weinere should man-up and step down. And for all the the other politicians, clergy, actors. Iin the words of the queen of hearts...off with their heads! We must change this problem now in the world.

    June 6, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  3. WJPR

    We've lost both Democrat and Republican representatives over intimate errors of judgment. Know what? WE SHOULDN'T. Enough of this, no matter what our politics. We need dedicated, intelligent, capable public servants. Holding them to Pope standards is inane and damaging to us all.

    He didn't send the pic(s) to a minor, to a reverend, or to a large group. As far as his lying about it, I don't blame him - IT'S NONE OF OUR BUSINESS.

    Can we get real and grow up?

    June 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
  4. Kirsten V.

    he doesn't think he used government resources :)

    June 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
  5. Michael Kehoe

    Weiner says "....I don't know what I was trying to do...." COME ON !!!!! So, is he apologizing now for (1) his lies he continues to perpetuate by the above statement, (2) is he delusional (thought he could get away with it (3) facing a possible sexual harassment lawsuit from the recipient of the 'underwear email (and others that he now admits to or (4) setting a defense of temporary insanity. He should resign, and probably will to save his a** from an ethics inquiry (should really be an inquisition!) and he should save the NY taxpayers $$$$'s in xtreme budget times. His HOTDOG is cooked!!!!!!!!

    June 6, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
  6. Danny Stamp

    It's really no big deal, and doesn't reflect on his ability to do his job. Get over it.

    June 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm |