The investigation of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-NY, played an unexpected role in the 2016 election season. Weiner was married to high-ranking Clinton advisor Huma Abedin. As news broke about a laptop seized by the FBI in the investigation into Weiner’s inappropriate interactions with a teenage girl, Abedin’s use of that laptop and information on it became primetime news.
The new information led FBI Director James Comey to re-open the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server after it was learned that Abedin and Weiner both used the laptop and that Abedin used Clinton’s server.
After the election ended, the news media shifted their attention to the election results, protests and the emerging Trump administration. But the FBI remained hard at work continuing their investigation into Weiner. The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Weiner may have serious criminal charges heading his way.
“Federal prosecutors are weighing bringing child pornography charges against former congressman Anthony Weiner over sexually explicit exchanges he allegedly had with a 15-year-old girl,” the WSJ reported. The FBI reportedly started the current investigation after reports in the Daily Mail that “Mr. Weiner had exchanged sexually explicit messages and photos with the girl.”
Weiner’s attorneys have reportedly been meeting with the FBI to discuss the possibility of charges and trying to get a lesser charge if possible. If charged and convicted of production of child pornography, one of the potential charges, Weiner could face a 15-year mandatory minimum prison sentence. The WSJ asserted that these meetings suggest that “both sides are trying to reach an agreement in which the defendant pleads guilty in exchange for a less severe charge.”
Other charges potentially facing Weiner could include receipt of child pornography which carries a five-year mandatory minimum sentence and possession of child pornography.
Weiner served in Congress until 2011 when he resigned following public disclosure of explicit online activities. He ran for mayor of New York City but was easily defeated. The revelations of his actions with a teenage girl have effectively extinguished his political future, his marriage and now possibly his freedom.
Source: The Wall Street Journal