Former Democratic congressman and husband of Hillary Clinton confidante Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner will appear in a federal courtroom on Friday in Manhattan. According to the New York Times, he will plead guilty. That information was not made public by Friday morning but was relayed by two people who have been briefed on the case.
Weiner, 51, will plead guilty to a single charge of transferring obscene material to a minor. According to the report, Weiner surrendered to the F.B.I. early Friday morning. Authorities have alleged that Weiner exchanged sexually explicit messages with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina earlier this year. Weiner would face up to a decade in prison and would have to be registered as a sex offender.
It wasn’t his only sexting scandal. Back in 2011, Weiner accidentally tweeted a photograph of his crotch. He first blamed the image on being hacked, a claim he later retracted. According to NBC News, numerous media outlets published transcripts of sexually explicit conversations that took place between Weiner and young women he met online. This prompted Weiner, who was married, to admit to several inappropriate relationships. He resigned later that year.
His sexting scandals not only ended his political career and but they also entangled him in the F.B.I investigation of Hillary Clinton before the election. The more recent sexting scandal with the teen led to the F.B.I. seizing Weiner’s electronic devices, including a laptop computer on which agents found a trove of emails to his estranged wife, Huma Abedin. According to the NYT, it was that discovery that led to the late October announcement by since fired F.B.I. director James B. Comey, that the bureau was conducting a new investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s handling of official email.