Timeline of US Congressman’s Internet Sex Scandal

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Friday May 27: A lewd photograph appears on U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner's Twitter feed. The message, sent to a 21-year-old female college student, is quickly deleted. Weiner then tweets that his Facebook account was hacked.

Monday May 30: Weiner's office says he has hired a lawyer to help him decide what to do about the hacking.

Wednesday June 1: The congressman does several television interviews, saying the incident is being investigated, while telling MSNBC he cannot say “with certitude” whether the photo was of him.

Monday June 6: As more pictures of Weiner surface online, the congressman holds a tearful press conference, acknowledging he lied and saying the original tweeted photo was of him and that he sent it. The leader of the House Democrats, Nancy Pelosi, calls for a House Ethics Committee investigation.

Tuesday June 7: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he wishes there were some way he could defend Weiner, but says he cannot.

Saturday June 11: Weiner's spokeswoman announces he is asking for a “short leave of absence” from Congress to seek treatment “to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person.”

Monday June 13: President Barack Obama says in an NBC News interview that if he were Weiner, he would resign.