Democrats call for Weiner probe

June 6, 2011 at 7:24 PM
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WASHINGTON, June 6 (UPI) -- Two prominent U.S. House Democrats Monday called for an ethics investigation into Rep. Anthony Weiner's confessed online sexual impropriety.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, made their statements after the Democratic New York congressman's news conference where he apologized for misleading the press and public about his trail of explicit Twitter photographs, the Washington publication Politico reported.

"I am deeply regretting what I have done, and I am not resigning," Weiner said at his news conference. "I am deeply sorry for the pain this has caused Huma, my wife, and my family."

But that apology didn't go far with his colleagues.

"I am calling for an Ethics Committee investigation to determine whether any official resources were used or any other violation of House rules occurred," Pelosi said.

Israel inferred an investigation by the House Ethics Committee would unveil whether Weiner broke any House rules.

"Congressman Anthony Weiner engaged in a deep personal failure and inappropriate behavior that embarrassed himself, his family and the House. Ultimately, Anthony and his constituents will make a judgment about his future.

"To remove all remaining doubt about this situation, I agree with Leader Pelosi's request that the House Ethics Committee use its authority to begin an investigation."

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