Anthony Weiner on scandal: ‘I’m not going to go into the details’

April 16, 2013

Former congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), who is eyeing a run for mayor of New York just two years after resigning in disgrace over lewd photos and tweets, says he's not gong to describe his actions in detail as he returns to the public spotlight.

Weiner said in an interview airing Monday with NY1 that he has been "excruciatingly honest" with his wife about everything that happened and that he wants to protect her and the other women involved.

"Out of respect for the idea that I've laid it all out for and out of some respect for the privacy of the people who were at the other end of these correspondences, who had their lives turned upside down, I'm not going to go into the details of every bit of it," Weiner said. "I'll let other people do it."

Pressed further on how many women he had exchanged messages with, Weiner declined to answer, though he did say that none of the women was underage and that he doesn't think he used official resources to communicate with them.

"I understand that you are asking these questions," Weiner said. "I don't want to create a dynamic where the privacy of people is being impinged upon."

During the interview, Weiner also said that former president Bill Clinton, whose family is close to Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, has been a source of strength in recent days as Weiner has reemerged. Clinton, of course, dealt with his own sex scandal while in the White House.

Here's the full interview:

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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