Four days after a lewd photograph appeared on his Twitter account, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) continues to get questions about it from reporters. Over the last several days, the congressman and his office have called the incident a “hack,” a “prank” and a “distraction” — and on Tuesday Weiner told reporters that he was “not going to talk about this anymore.”
“I understand you’re doing your job, but I’m going to go back to work now,” Weiner told reporters, who tried to ask him, among other things, whether he was concerned about hacking, whether Capitol Police was looking into the incident and why he was “following” the 21-year-old female college student who was the recipient of the Tweeted photograph. Weiner said the story was distracting from bigger “challenges,” like the debt limit.
Yesterday, Weiner’s office announced that he had retained counsel to “explore the proper next steps and to advise us on what civil or criminal actions should be taken” in the matter.
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