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By Quinn Bowman
Updated 3:38 p.m. ET | Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., announced Thursday that he would resign from Congress after weeks of media attention and bipartisan calls for him to step down over a scandal involving lewd online relationships and lying about them.
“I am here today to again apologize for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment I have caused. I make this apology to my neighbors and constituents but I make it particularly to my wife Huma,” Weiner said at a news conference.
Weiner, 46, has been under pressure from top Democrats and the White House to step down after admitting he lied about sending lewd photos of himself to women he met on social media sites Twitter and Facebook. At the time that admission, Weiner maintained that he wasn’t resigning his post.
Weiner requested a leave from Congress to seek unspecified treatment in recent days while his wife Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was traveling with the secretary in Africa.
“I had hoped to be able to continue the work that the citizens of my district elected me to do: to fight for the middle class and those struggling to make it. Unfortunately, the distraction that I have created has made that impossible,” Weiner said.