Anthony Weiner to 21 months in prison, by Ellie Kaufman.
Former Rep. Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday to 21 months in federal prison for sexting with a minor. In addition to the prison term, Weiner also was sentenced to three years of supervised release. …
Weiner, the estranged husband of Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s former adviser, cried when the sentence was handed down. …
Weiner’s personal and professional life had been collapsing around him for half a decade even before the sexting case.
He resigned from Congress after a lewd picture appeared on his Twitter page in June 2011. At first, he claimed his account had been hacked but later revealed that he had lied. Sexually charged, sometimes explicit, texts with women also emerged around this time.
Weiner insisted his marriage with Abedin was intact. She gave birth to a son, the couple’s only child, six months later.
In 2013, Weiner sought to revive his political career by running for mayor of New York. Two months after he announced his candidacy, screenshots surfaced of sexual conversations that Weiner had with a woman the previous year.
At the time, Abedin joined Weiner in a news conference, saying that although her husband had made some “horrible mistakes … what I want to say is I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him … we are moving forward.”
During the 2016 campaign, it was revealed that emails from Hillary Clinton containing classified information were forwarded by Abedin to a computer used by Weiner. A decision by former FBI Director James Comey to alert Congress just days before the election about his agency’s investigation into messages potentially related to Clinton’s personal server has been cited by Clinton as a key reason she lost the presidential race. Investigators ultimately determined the emails were mostly ones they had previously seen and Clinton was ultimately cleared by the FBI two days before the election.
In May, Abedin filed for divorce around the time Weiner pleaded guilty in the sexting case.
Here is Rachel Maddow back in 2011 speculating on the deep conspiracy to frame Weiner at a time when he was the darling of the left (five minutes long, but oh so tasty):
The only one jailed in the Hillary email scandal.