Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-Queens, admitted today that he sent the now-infamous Twitter photo to a follower and to six other women, but he said he won’t resign. He apologized repeatedly to his family and wife, Huma Abedin, the longtime aide to Secretary of State and former New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.
From USA Today, which is live blogging the ongoing news conference:
Updated at 4:38 p.m.: When asked if he had phone sex with any of the six women, Weiner said that he would not answer because he wants to respect the privacy of the women. He said he has never had sex outside of his marriage.
Updated at 4:37 p.m.: He said some of the communication dated back three years and that his wife knew about it before they were married. He said she did not know he lied about sending last week’s Twitter photo.
Update at 4:35 p.m.:
“I was embarassed and I didn’t want this to lead to other embarassing things. It was a dumb thing to do to tell lies about it because it just led to more lies.”
Update at 4:34 p.m.:
“The last thing on this day when I’ve done this harm to my wife and my family. is thinking of this or next year’s election. The first thing I need to do is make sure this never happens again”
“I’m not blaming anyone. This is my own personal mistake. This is a deep weakness I have demonstrated and for this I apologize.”
Updated at 4:32 p.m.: When asked if he would apologize to conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, he said he is “first and foremost” sorry to his wife. He said the two have no plans to divorce. His wife did not appear at the press conference with him.
Updated at 4:31 p.m.: Weiner says that he had inappropriate communication with mostly women he met on Facebook.
Updated at 4:29 p.m.: “I do not have knowledge of every single communication, but I do not believe I used government resources.”
Updated at 4:28 p.m.: Weiner says “To be clear, I am deeply regretting what I have done and I am not resigning.”
Updated at 4:26 p.m.: Rep. Weiner says he would like to clear up questions and “take full responsibility for his actions.” He says he sent the photo last week as a joke and after he sent it on Twitter, he panicked. He also admits to having inappropriate conversations with women online and one the phone and says he did not have any physical relationship with these women.