On the heels of yesterday's admission that he lied about sexting photos to a Seattle woman, and at least five others over the past three years, New York Rep. Anthony Weiner is not getting much support -- from the Republicans who are calling for his resignation, or his fellow Democrats who are seeking an ethics probe.
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday formally requested an ethics committee investigate whether the congressman violated House rules by using official resources to maintain illicit online relationships, Fox News reported.
Pelosi formally requested the inquiry in a two-sentence letter to the committee leadership. But she did not call for anything else.
I am calling for an Ethics Committee Investigation to determine whether any official resources were used or any other violation of House rules occurred, Pelosi said in a statement. She added she was deeply disappointed and saddened about the situation.
On Monday, Weiner said he welcomed an investigation, claiming he did not break House rules, and will not resign.
But for some Republicans, Pelosi's efforts are not enough, and they demand Weiner to step down from his post, calling his actions unacceptable.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus led the charge.
We do not need an investigation to know he lied and acted inappropriately, we need a resignation, Priebus said. Either Leader Pelosi and (Democratic National Committee) Chair (Debbie) Wasserman Schultz believe members of Congress are held to a different set of standards or they believe these actions demand his resignation.
Both House Republican Leader Eric Cantor, and the GOP candidate who ran against Weiner, Bob Turner, also called for the congressman's resignation.
Even Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is not willing to defend the disgraced politician.
I know Congressman Weiner, Reid said. And I wish there was some way I can defend him, but I can't. And when asked how he would respond if Weiner sought his advice, Reid replied, Call somebody else.
Weiner yesterday admitted that he lied to everyone - the media, his staff, and his wife - after a photo of a man's clothed crotch appeared on his Twitter account. Weiner repeatedly claimed he was hacked.
In a press conference he called himself at a Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan, Weiner admitted to taking the photo and sending it to a Seattle woman. He also said he made up the story about being hacked because he panicked and was embarrassed when he realized he posted the image publicly.