Ex-Congressman Weiner to Plead Guilty to Transferring Obscene Material to Minor

A spokesman for the law firm representing Weiner, Covington & Burling, said he would plead guilty before U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska on Friday morning but offered no further details.

Weiner, who lives in Manhattan and represented NY in Congress from 1999 to 2011, resigned after revelations that he was sending sexually explicit messages to multiple women.

The New York Times reported that Weiner will appear in a federal courtroom on Friday and will plead guilty to "transferring obscene material to a minor". The government recommended between 21 and 27 months imprisonment, which Weiner's counsel agreed to, though ultimately it is up to a judge to decide. Weiner would face up to a decade in prison and would have to be registered as a sex offender. The more recent sexting scandal with the teen led to the F.B.I. seizing Weiner's electronic devices, including a laptop computer on which agents found a trove of emails to his estranged wife, Huma Abedin.

The controversy centered on Clinton's use of a private email server while she was USA secretary of state.

Investigators say Weiner, then 51, began exchanging illicit text messages with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina in January 2016.

In October, just days before the election, FBI director James Comey stunned the country by announcing that his agency was reopening its closed investigation into Clinton's handling of State Department business on a private email server so it could analyze the newly discovered correspondence.

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.

Officials began to investigate Weiner over the allegations a year ago, and the probe into Weiner even affected the 2016 presidential campaign.

Weiner, who represented NY in Congress from 1999 to 2011, resigned after revelations that he was sending sexually explicit messages to multiple women.

Clinton believes the hit her campaign took from the revelation led her to lose the election to Donald Trump. He attempted a career comeback in 2013 when he ran for New York City mayor, but that bid also collapsed after it came to light that his sexting behavior continued.

  • Zachary Reyes