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Anthony Weiner to plead guilty to obscenity charge

20 May 2017

The former Democratic lawmaker and husband to top Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonFive things to know about Joe Lieberman Anthony Weiner to plead guilty to sexting with minor: report Biden on Clinton: "I never thought she was a great candidate" MORE aide Huma Abedin surrendered to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents Friday morning, the report said.

Federal prosecutors in NY said Weiner admitted to sending sexually explicit photos and "directions to engage in sexual conduct" to a 15-year-old girl. Abedin was not present at Friday's hearing, and a message left with a representative for her seeking comment Friday morning was not returned.

"Today, former Congressman Anthony Weiner admitted and pled guilty to sending sexually explicit images and directions to engage in sexual conduct to a girl he knew to be 15 years old", acting US Attorney Joon H. Kim of the Southern District of NY said in a statement. He agreed not to appeal any sentence between 21 and 27 months in prison. Weiner's online behavior first cost him his career in Congress, but he was on the verge of a comeback win in the Democratic primary for NYC mayor when his continued sexting was revealed despite earlier pledges he had overcome the compulsion.

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The judge accepted Weiner's guilty plea Friday to a charge of transmitting sexual material to a minor.

The plea covers conduct by Mr. Weiner from January through March of past year, the person said. He was aware of her age, said acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney John H. Kim.

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.

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The investigation into Weiner's alleged communications with the girl, which led the FBI to seize a laptop containing emails to his wife and top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, surfaced in September 2016 after the Daily Mail reported on his relationship with the minor.

In October, just days before the election, FBI director James Comey stunned the country by announcing that his agency was reopening its closed investigation into Clinton's handling of State Department business on a private email server so it could analyze the newly discovered correspondence.

The controversy over Clinton's use of a private email server while she was US secretary of state dogged her throughout the campaign. Trump and other Republicans accused Clinton of endangering national security by exposing classified information to potential hacking.

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In testimony to Congress two weeks ago, Comey said he felt "mildly nauseous" at the suggestion his actions may have swayed the election, but added that he had no regrets.