Rep. Anthony Weiner Faces Investigation, More Scrutiny Despite Apology
Anthony Weiner's tearful confession and mea culpa don't end the scandal.
June 7, 2011— -- Rep. Anthony Weiner's tearful confession Monday has failed to end a scandal that includes more than a week of his lying about a lewd photo he sent via Twitter to a Seattle woman and admitting to multiple, sexually charged relationships with at least six other women online.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has called for a congressional investigation into whether Weiner broke House rules and engaged in any inappropriate personal behavior on government computers or government property.
And some of the women with whom Weiner "sexted" have begun publicly speaking out, fueling further scrutiny of the secret double life of one of the country's most popular Democratic congressmen and a man who had been considered a leading candidate for mayor of New York City.
One of the women, Meagan Broussard, a 26-year-old single mother from Texas, provided ABC News with dozens of photos, emails, Facebook messages and cell phone call logs to chronicle her electronic relationship with Weiner that began in April and rapidly evolved for more than a month. Her exclusive interview with ABC Sunday pressured Weiner to come clean.
Broussard described hundreds of risque instant messaging conversations that occurred daily.
He would say "just good morning, how are you doing, what are you doing today? What are you wearing? What do you like? You know, in the bedroom, you know, that sort of thing," she said.
During one Facebook chat conversation, Broussard said she voiced uneasiness about the electronic relationship, to which, she says, Weiner replied, "you are not stalking me ... I am stalking you."
In another conversation, Broussard said she asked Weiner, "Why are you so open? I said, 'I'm not an open book like that.'
"He replied, 'I'm an open book. Maybe too open,'" she said.
Broussard said many of the conversations also included simultaneous swapping of photos by email.
"I asked him to take a picture and write 'me' on it so I would know," Broussard said of one early encounter.
The reply, she said, came moments later. Email records provided to ABC News by Broussard show that at 3:08 p.m. May 5 she received a message from email@example.com with an attached photo of Weiner in an office, sporting a tie and a wedding band, and holding up the message "me" on a piece of white paper.
"I didn't think it was him," she said. "I thought for sure, 'why would someone in that position be doing this?'"
Broussard sent more than a dozen photos of herself to Weiner, willingly playing along. But, she said, "it wasn't like I was chasing him at all."
Later, Weiner began to send more racy photos, including one of his erect penis. She also received a shot of a bare-chested Weiner sitting at an office desk, with personal photographs of him with his wife visible in the background.
"I just thought it was risky, real risky," she said when asked about her first reaction to the photo. "I don't think he has any control over what he's doing in this area. ... I don't think someone can be that open in that amount of time."
The relationship between Broussard and Weiner only ventured out of the digital world once, she said, when Weiner called by phone from a number associated with Weiner's New York congressional office on the afternoon of May 18.
"The day he called he just said, 'Who in the world would be acting like me?' laughing about it," she said.
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