The FBI has been investigating since a teenage girl in North Carolina said she had been exchanging lewd messages with ex-U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner. The case may have affected the presidential election when agents found emails from Hillary Clinton to Weiner’s wife in his laptop.
Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner will appear in federal court this morning to face criminal charges in connection with an investigation of his online communications with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina, the Associated Press reports. The FBI began investigating Weiner in September after the North Carolina girl told a tabloid news site that she and the disgraced former politician had exchanged lewd messages for several months. She also accused him of asking her to undress on camera.
The investigation led FBI agents to seize his laptop computer, which prompted the discovery of a new cache of emails that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had sent to Huma Abedin, Weiner’s wife. A few days before the election, FBI director James Comey announced that his agency was reopening its investigation into Clinton’s handling of State Department business on a private email server so it could analyze the newly discovered correspondence. Then, Comey said a few days later that the new emails contained nothing to change his view that Clinton should not be charged with a crime. Clinton blamed her election loss to Donald Trump partly on Comey’s action.