The embattled Congressman finally came clean today, admitting in a press conference that he had engaged in flirtatious online relationships with multiple women, some of them while he was married. While he apologized abjectly for hurting anyone, he steadfastly maintained that he has done nothing illegal.
I don't believe I did anything that violates any law or any rule, Weiner said. Did I violate the Constitution of the United States for hosting a Twitter post? I don't think so, he added later.
Weiner stated early in the press conference that he had no intention of resigning.
Reporters pressed him repeatedly on details that could yield evidence of illegal behavior. They asked if he had used any federal property or money to pursue the relationships, but he maintained that he had sent the messages from a private Blackberry, not a Congressional account or computer. Several journalists asked about the age of the women, and while Weiner admitted that he had no proof they were not minors masking their age, he also said he never engaged in any physical contact. He said he never coerced or bribed staffers to cover it up, maintaining that his staff were ignorant of what was going on.
Aside from hurting his family and exposing recipients of his advances to unwanted media attention, Weiner said that his chief offense was lying to his wife, to his constituents and to the many journalists who have questioned him in recent days. But he never lied under oath, which would shield him from perjury charges.
It is likely that a Congressional investigation would examine all of these possibilities.