The British tabloid story that led to Anthony Weiner's guilty plea — and Hillary Clinton's nightmare

The British tabloid story that led to Anthony Weiner's guilty plea — and Hillary Clinton's nightmare
  1. The British tabloid story that led to Anthony Weiner's guilty plea — and Hillary Clinton's nightmare
    It all started with the Daily Mail's report that Anthony Weiner sexted with an underage…
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Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner will plead guilty Friday in a “sexting” case involving a minor. We wrote in the fall about the British tabloid story that spurred an FBI investigation — and also caused a major headache for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. 

In the course of investigating Weiner, the FBI discovered on his laptop emails from Huma Abedin, Weiner's wife and a top Clinton aide. The agency deemed the emails relevant to a separate (previously closed) investigation of Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state, and notified Congress that it was reopening the Clinton probe.

Clinton has said she believes the reopening of her case contributed to her defeat in November, and many of her supporters agree. Though it is hard to quantify the effect of the election, it is clear that a report in the Daily Mail led to Weiner's guilty plea.

Our original post from Oct. 28 follows:

This is the sentence, published in September by the Daily Mail, that led to Hillary Clinton's new FBI woes: “Anthony Weiner carried on a months-long online sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl during which she claims he asked her to dress up in 'schoolgirl' outfits for him on a video messaging application and pressed her to engage in 'rape fantasies.'”

By the time of that report, Weiner's sexting relapse had been exposed weeks earlier by the New York Post, which published messages that the former New York congressman exchanged with a "40-something divorcée.” The New York Post story prompted Weiner's wife, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, to announce she was leaving her husband, but it did not suggest criminal behavior.

[Computer seized in Weiner probe prompts FBI to take new steps in Clinton email inquiry]

The Daily Mail's follow-up story, ho…

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