ABC News’ John R. Parkinson (@JRPabcDC) reports:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi amped up volume once again for Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner to resign today, telling reporters that “it’s in his best interest to leave Congress,” although she admitted that she does not have the power, nor does anyone else, to force him out of office.
“None of us — not anybody here — has the power to force somebody out of office. That person has to decide himself as to whether he will stay or he will go,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said. “I hope that with the president having spoken and some leaders in Congress speaking out that Congressman Weiner will hear this and know that it’s in his best interest to leave Congress.”
President Obama told NBC earlier Monday that Weiner's actions were "highly inappropriate" and that if he was in Weiner's shoes, "I would resign."
Pelosi reiterated that while Weiner, D-New York, has the love of his family and the confidence his constituents, “he has the recognition that he needs help.”
“I believe that help should come to him not as a member of Congress,” Pelosi said.
At about the same time that Pelosi was addressing reporters late Monday evening, Weiner’s request for two weeks leave of absence was passed by unanimous consent on the House floor.
The House’s top Democrat was asked whether she is considering stripping Weiner of his committee assignments similar to her actions during the ethics case of former Rep. William Jefferson, but she dismissed that option and emphasized that she is calling on Weiner to resign — not lose his seat on the Energy and Commerce committee.
“This is beyond committee assignments. We are asking him to leave. We never asked Mr. Jefferson to leave,” Pelosi said. “If we’re asking [Weiner] to leave we certainly are not going to welcome him here with committee assignments.
ABC News' Nick Westbrooks contributed to this report