Some of the admirers were female, validating him not just as a politician, but as a man.It seemed harmless to Anthony...''[Weiner] has already been punished in a meaningful way by the government, just not in a judicially sanctioned manner,' said the memo.What was supposed to be a confidential grand jury investigation into a personal offense was leaked by 'law enforcement sources' and then improperly injected into the presidential election by the then-FBI Director.''There can be no question that that these improper disclosures exacted significant extrajudicial punishment on Anthony and his family,' the memo continued.
'These punitive consequences are directly attributable to what the Department of Justice has conceded, at least in part, are improper disclosures relating to this investigation.'The memo also blames Comey personally for Weiner's anguish.
It noted that the FBI director claimed under oath to congress last spring that Weiner's wife, close Clinton aide Huma Abedin, had forwarded 'hundreds of thousands of emails, some of which contain classified information' to Weiner.
Weiner's attorneys filed a lengthy court memo which was made public in full on Thursday documenting their client's years as a self-proclaimed 'sex addict' and asking a judge for leniency when the former congressman is sentenced for sending obscenity to a minor later this month.
In the memo, Weiner says he should be sentenced to probation – not prison time – because he has already faced severe 'extrajudicial punishment' and national disgrace after his case damaged Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign last year.
In the 68-page memo, Weiner's legal team admits that in early 2016 the former congressman was exchanging thousands of messages a month with 'dozens' of women he met online, including at least 1,500 messages with one middle-aged woman over the course of just two months.
The document also acknowledges that he had at least two explicit Skype conversations with the 15-year-old girl in February of 2016, one explicit Snapchat session, and one explicit text exchange.His name was removed from court documents made public Thursday, and large portions were redacted. Cote.'I hope the Court will take [our son] into consideration as it weighs all it has to in considering Anthony's sentence,' she added.Weiner's parents and brother also wrote to the judge, as did members of his recovery program for sex addiction.'I am writing regarding the sentencing for Anthony Weiner, my husband, from whom I have filed for divorce,' wrote Abedin in a letter to U. 'As would any parent, if there has to be a negative impact on [our son], I would like it to be as small as possible.'Abedin said that despite Weiner's faults – including his repeated 'sexting' relationships that destroyed his political career and reputation – her estranged husband has always been a devoted father to their son.'Anthony and I have a wonderful son, [Jordan], who is [five] years old and is the light of our life.While examining Weiner's laptop, investigators stumbled over new emails from Hillary Clinton's private server – prompting FBI Director James Comey to reopen the Clinton email investigation just days before the election.Weiner argues that the teenager intentionally saved and documented her conversations with him in order to impact the presidential race – a goal she allegedly admitted to federal investigators.'[O]ne of her goals in capturing Anthony's bad behavior had been to influence the outcome of the presidential election,' said the memo.Simply put, no one wants to be Anthony Weiner, — he is a national pariah,' said the memo.'Since his communications with [the underage girl] have become public, Anthony has been the subject of widespread public flogging and even a death threat in the popular media.