House Grants Weiner Two-Week Leave

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on June 13 2011 8:22 PM
U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner
U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) arrives for a news conference in New York, June 6, 2011. REUTERS

The House of Representatives granted Representative Anthony Weiner's formal request for a two-week leave of absence, as pressure mounted from the nation's highest office for the scandal plauged Democrat to resign, Monday.

The request which was met by unaimous consent comes on the heels of comments by President Obama denouncing Rep. Weiner's actions.

In an exclusive interview with NBC, President Obama said if he were in Weiner's position, I would resign.

President Obama, stopped short of making a pointed demand that Rep. Weiner resign his seat, saying: I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign. Because public service is exactly that, it's a service to the public. 

Rep. Weiner has faced a cacphony of critics from his own party for him to step down, such as House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

The White House has largely stayed out of the scandal reducing Weiner's actions as a distraction.

Rep. Weiner entered a rehabilitation center, Saturday, in an effort to end a pattern of addictive salacious online behavior with various women over the course of 3 years.

In the latest development, Rep. Weiner sent a woman sexually suggestive photographs of himself in a congressional gym locker room, suggesting his antics occured on federal property.

Rep. Weiner is expected to decide on his future this week when his wife, Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton returns from a diplomatic trip to Northern Africa this week.

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