“I have no excuse.”
Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has received a 21 month prison sentence for sexting with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina. He also has to register as a sex offender. His numerous sexting scandals have ruined his career and his marriage to Huma Abedin, failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s long time aide.
A tearful Weiner told U.S. District Judge Denise Cote that “the crime I committed is my rock bottom.”
“I was a very sick man for a long period of time, but I am responsible for the damage I have done,” he said. “I have no excuse.”
He has until November 6 to surrender to police. NBC New York reported that his lawyers asked the court not send him “to maximum security lockup in New York, which means he may serve his sentence of state.” When his sentence ends, “Weiner will also be subject to three years of supervised release.”
In May, Weiner pleaded guilty in a federal court for sexting with the minor. Weiner requested “probation and community service.” His lawyers have sought a prison term of 21 months to 27 months as part of a plea deal, “which isn’t binding on the sentencing judge.”
Two weeks ago, Weiner’s lawyer told the court that Weiner was not at fault for sexting with a 15-year-old girl because she wanted to affect the 2016 presidential election. From The Wall Street Journal:
The girl, then 15, was “looking to generate material for a book the Government has disclosed she is now shopping to publishers,” the memo says, stating that she was paid $30,000 in September 2016 to sell her story revealing Mr. Weiner’s messages to the Daily Mail, a British tabloid.
“As she later stated to Government investigators, she also hoped to somehow influence the U.S. presidential election, in addition to securing personal profit,” the filing says.
His lawyers insisted that Weiner “never sought out teenagers on the internet and didn’t engage in other predatory behaviors typical of those arrested in similar cases.” NBC News said that the young girl once told Inside Edition that she “wanted to see if Anthony was still up to the same antics.”
The sexting scandal became attached to the presidential election last October when the FBI took possession of Weiner’s electronics, including a laptop that had emails between Abedin and Hillary. This discovery led the FBI to reopen its investigation into Hillary’s personal email server when she served as secretary of state.
On October 30, Abedin claimed she had no idea how the emails between her and Hillary ended up on Weiner’s laptop. Fuzzy blogged at the time that the Department of Justice blocked FBI access to the laptop. But later in the day the FBI finally got a warrant to search through the laptop. Two months later, a judge unsealed the FBI search warrant.
Former FBI director James Comey announced two days before the election that none of the information on the laptop changed anyone’s mind “on whether Mrs. Clinton should be charged, essentially re-closing the case.”
Hillary and her campaign have blamed Comey’s letter that cleared her of wrong doing for costing her the election to President-elect Donald Trump.
Weiner’s first sexting incident happened in 2011 when he accidentally posted a revealing photo on his public Twitter timeline. Andrew Breitbart ran the story, even taking over Weiner’s press conference to address the issue. The liberal media went haywire, even accusing Breitbart and then Big Journalism editor Dana Loesch of hacking his Twitter account and posting the picture.
Well, Weiner admitted he did it and resigned from Congress. He went into rehab and launched a campaign to become mayor of New York City with Huma by his side. But that went into a downward spiral when Sydney Leathers revealed he sexted her under the name Carlos Danger. He finished fifth, but Huma did not leave her husband.
Then in August 2016, a month before the 15-year-old came forward, The New York Post published an article that Weiner was sexting with other females while Abedin traveled the country with Hillary on the campaign trail.DONATE
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