Anthony Weiner Stepping Down

Rep. Anthony Weiner

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Rep. Anthony Weiner plans to announce at a 2 p.m. press conference in Brooklyn, N.Y. Thursday that he has made the decision to resign from Congress amid a growing scandal over his lewd online communications. News broke this morning that the New York Democrat had informed friends that he would be stepping down from Congress, the New York Times first reported. NBC reported just before the news broke that Weiner’s staff appeared to be packing up the congressman’s office this morning. NBC’s Alex Moe reports that two staff members and two interns left the office with their belongings, turned off the lights and locked the door. Weiner’s move was widely expected in the face of increasing pressure from colleagues as well as the public.

Last week, Weiner admitted he had lied about his dealings with women he had met online but insisted he wouldn’t resign. On Saturday, his office announced he had entered “treatment,” after top Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi, publicly called on him to leave Congress. House Democrats today were scheduled to meet to discuss potential next steps to punish the New York congressman, including possibly stripping him of his committee assignments (he currently sits on the powerful House Energy and Commerce as well as the Judiciary committee), and expelling him from the Democratic caucus. The scandal, which first broke three weeks ago, continued to deepen this week. For more articles and a free insurance quote check out our homepage

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