Democrat former congressman Anthony Weiner will plead guilty in Federal court Friday to one charge of transferring obscene material to a minor in a case that may have cost Hillary Clinton the presidency.
The charge stems from a Federal investigation into lewd text messages between Weiner and 15-year-old girl. During that investigation, a search of a laptop owned by Weiner uncovered previously undisclosed classified emails between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her senior aide Huma Abedin, who is Weiner’s wife.
The discovery prompted the FBI to reopen an investigation into Clinton’s handling of classified information. Clinton blames that announcement, made in an Oct. 28, 2016 letter to Congress, for her defeat in the presidential election.
“If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president,” she told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour at a May 2,2017 Women for Women International event in New York.
Weiner began exchanging explicit messages with the 15-year-old North Carolina girl in January 2016, despite two previous sexting scandals which forced his resignation from Congress and derailed a comeback bid for New York City mayor.
During the message he clearly knows she was a sophomore in high school and underage. He explicitly describes imagined sex between them and asks her to send him photos.
Weiner faces as much as 10 years in prison, though he will more likely receive probation. In either case, he will likely have to register as a sex offender.