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Anthony Weiner's Lawyers Say Teen Lured Him, a 'Weak Man'

Anthony Weiner's Lawyers Say Teen Lured Him, a 'Weak Man'

In their court filing, Mr. Weiner's lawyers, Arlo Devlin-Brown and Erin Monju, included a copy of a letter they sent last month to prosecutors, asking for "any information relating to political motivations by the victim or her father to damage the political prospects of Secretary Hillary Clinton".

DISGRACED former U.S. congressman Anthony Weiner should be spared prison for sexting a girl of 15, his lawyers have claimed - arguing that the victim was partly to blame.

Weiner, 53, pleaded guilty in May to a single count of sending obscene material to a minor in North Carolina.

The memo says that the girl told the investigators that she "hoped somehow to influence the US presidential election, in addition to securing personal profit".

The document was filed the same day Weiner, who represented a NY congressional district for 12 years, appeared in a different court for a divorce proceeding with Abedin.

In a letter to the court obtained by the New York Times, Weiner asked Judge Denise Cote to spare him a prison sentence. Weiner must also register as a sex offender and surrender his iPhone.

The FBI's investigation into Weiner's underage relationship led to a discovery of emails between Abedin and Clinton on his laptop that re-opened the investigation on Clinton's private email server just days before the election.

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The teenage girl first contacted Mr. Weiner on January 23, 2016, and he "responded as a weak man, at the bottom of a self-destructive spiral, and with an addict's self-serving delusion that the communications were all just internet fantasy - willfully ignoring that there was a young person at the other end of the connection, hundreds of miles away, who could be damaged by these exchanges through the ether", his lawyers wrote.

In his own letter to the judge, Weiner said, "My regret for my crime is profound". "My continued acting out over years crushed the aspirations of my wife and ruined my marriage".

She filed for divorce the day of his guilty plea but still wrote in support of Weiner's bid for leniency.

Huma Abedin, who is seeking a divorce, wrote to the judge as well, saying that she is "devastated by Anthony's actions" and understands "he must face their consequences". Even as the lawyers recounted the girl's role in encouraging Weiner to participate in the explicit message exchange, they said in the court filing that Weiner "never should have responded" and he doesn't treat the circumstances "as a justification". "With Anthony", she wrote, "I have repeatedly found myself in circumstances I never imagined".

When his laptop was seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, it was discovered Ms Abedin had used it to send thousands of emails to Mrs Clinton's private account. She has said this played a part in her loss to Donald Trump.

Weiner mounted a comeback bid for NY mayor in 2013, but his prospects softened when a woman named Sydney Leathers revealed he sent her raunchy messages under the pseudonym "Carlos Danger".

Hit with his second second sexting scandal in July 2013, Anthony Weiner held a press conference with his then-wife Huma Abedin to announce that he would not withdraw from the New York City mayoral race.


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