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Weiner To Resign

Scandal-scarred Rep. Anthony Weiner will resign from his House office on Thursday, sources told Fox News, ending his once-promising political career after his sexually-charged online behavior was exposed.

Weiner has scheduled a press conference in New York at 2 p.m. ET.

Weiner spoke with top leaders including Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, sources told Fox News.

Weiner, who has faced three weeks of scandal over pictures and messages he texted to women he communicated with on Twitter and Facebook, had been facing a revolt from Democratic leaders, who had planned to meet Thursday to consider whether to strip Weiner of his role on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

He is expected to resign ahead of that meeting.

House Speaker John Boehner said he had not yet received a resignation letter early Thursday, but could be read on the House floor after Weiner does submit it. A resignation would initiate a special election in New York.

Weiner was not on Capitol Hill on Thursday, and the doors to his office are now locked.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi refused to speak about Weiner at her weekly news conference on Thursday, saying that she would issue a statement after Weiner held his press conference.

The announcement that he would depart came after the scandal grew even stranger when a former porn actress who exchanged emails and messages with Weiner said Wednesday he asked her to lie about their interactions.

Porn star Ginger Lee said Wednesday that Weiner asked her to lie about their online relationship, and he should resign.

"I think Anthony Weiner should resign because he lied to the public and the press for more than a week," Lee said describing a phone conversation that took place on June 2 in which the two spoke.

"It might never have turned into this if he had told the truth, but he kept lying," Lee said during a news conference in New York with her attorney, Gloria Allred.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/06/16/house-dems-may-boot-weiner-from-committee/#ixzz1PS52fSZM







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