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, 7:00 AM

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.

View an exclusive slideshow of images obtained by ABC News.

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 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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"You're an Internet rat, aren't you?" Broussard said she asked Weiner in an online chat, a question to which Weiner just sort of giggled.

Then, she said, the conversation got personal. "He heard her [Broussard's daughter] in the background, I think, and he said, 'Oh, is that --' and then he said her name, and I said, 'yeah, it's her birthday,' and that kind of freaked me out because you had to pilfer through my Facebook to find out her name."

After they hung up, Broussard said, she called the number back to see if it was actually him. A Weiner office receptionist answered, she said. Broussard provided a record of the call to ABC News.

Their last correspondence, she said, was through Facebook message May 27, hours before the alleged "hack" of Weiner's Twitter account occurred.

"Are you offline?" Broussard wrote at 3:37 p.m. "Crashed back up," Weiner replied at 4:21 p.m.

Broussard last sent messages via Facebook and email to the man she believed to be Weiner May 31, but never received replies.

"I don't think he's a bad guy. I think he's got issues just like everybody else," Broussard said. "Everyone's standards are different, but to be elected to Congress and sit there all day on Facebook and chatting?"

Weiner offered profuse apologies to the women, his family and constituents during a news conference Monday. He also apologized to his wife, Huma Abedin, who was conspicuously absent from his side.

"My wife is a remarkable woman. She's not responsible for any of this, this was visited upon her," Weiner said. "She's getting back to work, and I apologize to her very deeply."

Weiner also said that he will not resign. "I don't see anything that I did that violated any rules of the House," he said. "I don't see anything that I did that certainly violated my oath of office to uphold the Constitution."

Broussard said she came forward out of concerns for her own image as an aspiring nurse, and that of her 3-year-old daughter, should her identity be leaked online. More than a dozen photos sent by Broussard to and a second account she believed was Weiner's were obtained and licensed from her by ABC News.

"I have my own life, my own things where I'm from and I just wanted to go ahead with them. I thought I could just be private about it, but there's no reason for me to hide," she said. "I didn't do anything wrong. I don't know him. I'm just putting my story out there before anyone else tries to."

Broussard said she confided about her experiences with several close friends, including one with Republican political ties. The man, whom she declined to identify, encouraged her to share her story with Matt Drudge and conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart.

Breitbart, who first published details of Broussard's story on, shared her identity with ABC News.

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