Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's close aide Huma Abedin has filed for divorce from her husband and former Congressman Anthony Weiner after he pleaded guilty to a federal sex crime, the media reported.
Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner has pleaded guilty to transmitting sexual material to a minor and could get years in prison. "I accept full responsibility for my conduct", he said tearfully, as part of his plea. Weiner added that since then, he has come "to grips for the first time with the depths of my sickness". In the courtroom, Weiner said, "I knew this was as morally wrong as it was unlawful". Under the plea deal, Weiner agreed to register as a sex offender and not to appeal a sentence between 21 and 27 months in prison.
He also apologized to his victim, "whom I mistreated so badly". He said he has a sickness "but I do not have an excuse" - and acknowledged he'd hit "rock bottom".
In court, Weiner admitted his "destructive impulses" had destroyed his life and career. "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". "And yet I remained in denial even as the world around me fell apart". The US attorney's office in Manhattan confirmed the court appearance but declined to release additional details about the charges against the Democrat. Weiner, who cried and apologized in court, surrendered to the FBI following its investigation. Trump and other Republicans accused her of endangering national security by exposing classified information to potential hacking. But Weiner is likely to serve much less time if he is sentenced to prison.
In 2013, he became involved in yet another sexting scandal while he was running for mayor of New York City.
It's all awful and now criminal and even worse because it was during a federal investigation into this latest episode that Weiner's electronic devices were seized and eventually discovered to have emails on them that reopened the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.