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NEW YORK - US Representative Anthony Weiner has told friends he is stepping down after an Internet sex scandal, The New York Times reported on Thursday.
Weiner reached the decision to resign after speaking with his wife, Huma
Abedin, an aide to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who returned
from an overseas trip on Tuesday, the Times reported without citing sources.
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Fellow congressional Democrats have pressured him to quit the House of
Representatives and spare the party further embarrassment after he
admitted sending lewd photos of himself to and holding steamy Internet
chats with a number of women.
The New York congressman said he would seek treatment and was granted a "short leave" of absence from the House.
The latest pictures to surface on Sunday were of a scantily clad Weiner
in the congressional gym -- raising the possibility of House ethics
Weiner, 46, has been married less than a year to Abedin, 35. Former
President Bill Clinton officiated at their wedding last July.