(Harry Hamburg/AP)

“Somebody hacked into his Twitter account and projected material -- which can happen, I guess, to anybody -- which was not generated by Mr. Weiner,” the second-ranking House Democrat told reporters Tuesday at his weekly roundtable.

Hoyer called the incident “unfortunate” and said that he had not spoken with Weiner but that he believes the lawmaker, who has retained an attorney, is “pursuing the proper authorities” to determine who may have hacked his account.

“I just heard about it just a few minutes ago, but my understanding is that that’s illegal activity, and the proper authorities are pursuing it,” Hoyer said.

On Monday, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) also defended Weiner’s account of the incident. “I don’t know the details. But I know him to be a person of integrity, and I am virtually certain he had nothing to do with this,” Schumer said, according to the New York Daily News.

Weiner was questioned by reporters earlier Tuesday, CNN reported, but declined to discuss the Twitter incident.