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Posted: June 16, 2011

Congressman Weiner Resigns

By Veronica Waters

Atlanta, GA None —

Congressman Anthony Weiner has resigned.  He announced his resignation from Congress on Thursday.

"I'm here today to again apologize for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment I have caused," he said reading from a brief statement in Brooklyn.

"I make this apology to my neighbors and my constituents, but I make it particularly to my wife, Huma."

Weiner's wife was not present at the news conference.  

The New York lawmaker had taken a two-week leave from the House after lewd photos he took of himself and sent to women online surfaced.  He then adamantly lied about it after being caught.

He has told friends he wanted to speak with his pregnant wife, Huma Abedin, before deciding whether to resign. She returned to Washington early Wednesday from a trip to Africa with her boss, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

"He wanted to have a face-to-face conversation," said CNN's Dana Bash.  "One source had told me that he wants to look her in the eye and talk to her about this."

The first day he admitted in a press conference to lying about having tweeted a crotch shot to a Seattle woman, Weiner said his wife wanted him to stay in office.  But pressure for him to step down has mounted as the six women he acknowledged sexting over the past three years either stepped or were pushed into the spotlight, and more of his baudy pictures circulated on the World Wide Web.

 "That conversation with his wife was something that everybody was kind of holding their breath waiting for him to have, and giving him a little space to make his final decision," says Bash.


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