Ethics Investigation for Weiner
New York congressman's troubles may be only beginning in Twitter pic scandal
- Duration 7:23
- Date Jun 6, 2011
New York congressman's troubles may be only beginning in Twitter pic scandal
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-- do and how to beat it -- here's what we know.
Saturday may 28 salute photo was first reported by big government dot com a web site run by conservative commentator and -- -- The next day Sunday may twenty ninth constantly -- falsely -- -- Twitter account was hacked and it's someone used his account to send a lewd picture.
Two days later Tuesday may 31 at a press conference that -- becomes combative with reporters when he is grilled about the incidents.
-- giving a speech to 45000 people.
And someone in the back through.
-- -- -- -- -- I would not spend the next two hours of my speech responding -- that -- that it's.
I would return to the things I wanna talk about to -- audience that I wanted to -- -- -- -- -- and that is what I intend to -- this or anything -- -- and this is the -- the guy in the back -- the -- with growing the -- you're yelling -- the insult.
-- that to be the conversation view -- anyone's gonna let it let me think that you were packed and demand and that criminal.
Central Dana Dana let me I didn't have to hit F and follow some rules here and one of the US -- by the answer that's reasonable and not get in there that we -- -- right look good question.
There is leading to questions.
Ideas in this Jack gets interesting about that is that as the new rule of the game.
The next day it was hasn't Wednesday June 1 congressman -- does.
Attempting to deceive the media by being cagey with this answers.
One other reporters was our own -- -- -- good incentives but you can't definitively say whether she would not.
I can definitively say that I did not send us I can definitively say it looks a lot like gay -- kind of joke about my name.
I can say with certitude that I have hired someone who was gonna comment.
Deconstruct this as best they -- to make sure this doesn't happen again.
And then this morning news begins leaking that there are more photos and one of those photos is said to be graphic.
A few hours later big government dot com post new photos purportedly from may second woman who said she received shots and we -- congressman -- Meanwhile another website -- another woman had received hundreds of explicit text messages from the congressman.
Now that's the cars -- -- threw in the towel and scheduled a news conference.
But this story -- gifts even a bit weirder before congressman Weiner gets to the podium for his press conference.
Big government dot -- ended -- -- comes out of seemingly nowhere and takes the stage -- eagerly await for congressman -- to arrive and speak.
Right -- demands an apology from the congressman.
I'd like an apology from him for allowing for his political protect -- which -- this was his strategy.
Was to blame me to blame me for hacking and oh don't worry brake parts are our regular whipping boy we can accuse him of anything in the press or not.
Hold those journalists to account no matter what they say.
And so I'm here for some vindication.
Well bright -- got ODS for -- wiener did apologize.
-- ABC news spoke with the woman who says she had a sixteen affair -- Heisman winner and afterward Sean Hannity said now of the twenty -- old single mother.
When that photo.
Of this private areas -- from.
You know you're 26 year old girl friends of 46 year old congressman that's recently married me what you think -- I just and I just -- the time there's got to be something there's way more girls out there this is not just me there's nothing like oh this is so special about me that.
Yes there's there's just a lot more Carl's.
But I out of -- like this is something -- regular -- down all the time.
Thanks Rick Klein senior Washington editor for ABC world news -- -- -- Enron how much -- -- -- get a let's start with and to write -- what would I as it used to be at that press conference how did that happen you know.
Yeah I I thought I was what's the wrong -- when I saw him show up there and and take over the press conference that was supposed to be congressman leaders.
He says he was just a few blocks away and he saw the medias from -- wanted to come by and address -- they went to the microphone.
I have never seen a site like that -- -- to just take over press conference and preempt congressman -- without with his impromptu performance there.
Police in this press cameras he spoke with leader Nancy Pelosi would say suspects a little bit at this I like going to the principal's office when.
When you've basically got caught with their pants down so to speak you've got to fess up I'm curious will there be an ethics investigation.
Did -- violate -- ethics code.
There will be an investigation it's actually because Nancy Pelosi and other leading house Democrats are those are among those who -- calling for this look.
They defended congressman wiener when this first broke they took him largely at his word that he had been hacked and they wanted to get to the bottom of it just like he said he did.
They felt betrayed by this and I think the statements speak volumes to say.
For for Democrats who expressed their extreme disappointment for them to lodge an ethics complaint I think is isn't pretty major statement it's a different question though whether he actually violated any rules of the house that's going to be a matter of the ethics committee to discuss but indeed the wording is somewhat murky around these areas and it's very possible it.
Not only -- -- the law but that he didn't violate house rules.
But he certainly was cheerful and today but it -- and -- -- in -- listing to the press conference economy a little bit -- KG was.
I talked about -- didn't the latest wanted to get caught with.
How that was supposed to have been a joke but then if you go back to the interview.
That the -- 26 year old that we just heard pilot was Sean Hannity and you report on ABC news is that she got that same picture back in April so apparently.
It wasn't just have an accent -- -- it's Ellison a serial episode but this man.
Well bottom line is this is someone who's you spent the last ten days or so trying to talk his way out of this and yet those very carefully constructed answers last week that of course got all the reporters even more -- -- in this story.
Today he was able to institute turn around and say look I made a mistake here and I have to apologize for it.
He still hasn't answered all the questions and one of the things the ethics -- gonna look at what were there any taxpayer resources that are involved in this.
And did his conduct in some way -- reflect dishonor upon the house those -- the kind of areas that.
The inquiry could reflect but it's hard to see anything here that rises to the level of a major.
Violations of house rules kind of thing that would lead to an expulsion I don't see anything here -- -- or something else -- to dropped.
I guess is -- say look at it one way that it might be looked upon we have to get more vaccines that are preying on young woman.
How women who I didn't ask for these photos didn't ask for the -- stated that he start -- -- crawls around the Internet looking for them and sends them.
This last was a -- six year old single woman.
Single mother rather and had been served in the military and -- -- trolling for adamant -- -- reason Amanda position of power diagram.
Photo question and one of the -- one of the issues that you'll have to figure out obviously is we're all these people of -- if they were all in none of them were minors that changes this.
Somewhat but you're right -- what how he used his position in all of this I think you wanna see the ethics committee go through a lot of the documentation on this what exactly was said what was sent.
What provoked all of these conversations whether it was -- -- any physical contact between them what was congress and we are now finally telling the truth today.
I guess we should also say that the Democratic Party doesn't have a monopoly on scandals on Capitol Hill over the years doesn't.
No certainly not and look a lot of people saying that when Democrats get caught they stick around Republicans get caught.
-- they always resign that's not the case we see we see people like senator David better.
Who admitted that to happen sleeping with a prostitute who's been reelected in the we.