Obama steps up pressure on Weiner to resign

By REUTERS
June 14, 2011 03:55

 
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WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama ramped up pressure on Monday on Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner to step down, calling his Internet sex scandal a distraction from the work that Washington needs to get done.

"I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign," Obama told NBC News shortly before the US House of Representatives, without opposition, granted Weiner a two-week leave of absence while the New York congressman gets professional treatment.

Weiner, 46, has defied mounting calls from other leaders of his own party to step down after his belated admission last week that he sent online messages and lewd photos of himself to at least a half dozen women and lied about it.

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