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Weiner: I Lied, I’m Sorry

Anthony Weiner called a press conference for 4 p.m. Andrew Breitbart, whose Big Government site first captured the telltale tweet and broke the story, showed up. According to the accounts from the many, many, many* reporters in the room, Breitbart was asked to take the podium and answer their questions, so he did so, and spent 11 minutes – on national television – lacing into the media and Weiner, and claiming to have yet more explicit photos of the congressman that he wouldn’t release if he just came clean.

“Why is it the person who’s been accused of being the hacker, me, wants an investigation?” asked Breitbart. “I’m allowed to speculate when I’m being accused of a crime.”

A few minutes after Breitbart wrapped, Weiner took the podium and confessed: He’d sent the photo. He was sorry. “I apologize to Andrew Breitbart,” he said. “I apologize to members of the media.”

He’d been lying like crazy, burning many reporters who had asked him very specific questions and got answers that were no longer true. If he’s lucky, that’s the only scandal left to deal with. There’s no reason to believe he’ll be lucky. There are new questions about the precise ages of women he’s sexted – he doesn’t know – and whether he used any public resources to carry out lewd activities.

“I don’t see anything I did that violated any rules of the House,” he said. “I don’t see anything that violated my oath of office to uphold the Constitution.”

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