Ex-US Rep. Anthony Weiner to plead guilty in sexting case

Ex-US Rep. Anthony Weiner to plead guilty in sexting case

Weiner's brother was the only family in court to watch the former congressman say he "hit bottom" and began therapy.

Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner is crying in court as he apologizes to the 15-year-old girl with whom he exchanged sexually explicit texts.

The official wasn't authorized to speak about the plea bargain because the criminal charges had yet to be filed publicly with the court, and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Weiner was already in federal custody ahead of the hearing.

As part of the plea agreement, he will have to comply with the Sex Offender Registry and Notification Act.

Then, in 2013, he made an unlikely bid for the NY mayoralty but the campaign was soon mired in controversy when Weiner revealed he had sent explicit messages to up to 10 women, using the alias 'Carlos Danger'. Trump and other Republicans accused her of endangering national security by exposing classified information to potential hacking.

Original story: A former Democratic congressman who was brought down over sexting scandals is scheduled to plead guilty Friday. The charges were not immediately known.

As part of his plea, Weiner agreed to forfeit his iPhone.

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The emails that prompted the FBI to reopen its review of Clinton's private email server days before the 2016 presidential election emerged from the 2016 federal investigation into whether Weiner sent explicit messages to to that underage girl in North Carolina.

In a statement, attorney Arlo Devlin-Brown said his client had "apologized, offered no excuses and made a commitment to make amends".

A message left with a representative for Abedin seeking comment Friday morning was not returned.

Weiner will appear in court at 11 a.m., the US attorney's office in Manhattan says.

The investigation into the then-51-year-old's relationship with the girl landed a trove of emails between Weiner and his estranged wife, Huma Abedin, a principal aide to then-candidate Hillary Clinton, in the F.B.I.'s lap.

Though Mr Comey said soon afterwards that the emails contained nothing to change his view that Mrs Clinton could not be charged with a crime, the development was seen as influencing voters in the run-up to polling on 8 November. His social media habits continued after leaving Congress and contributed to his poor showing with his 2013 New York City mayoral campaign, a race in which he had once been a leading contender.

Weiner also claimed at the time that he was "likely" the subject of a hoax.

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