Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty to sending sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl, capping a staggering downfall for the former Congressman and New York mayoral candidate once married to a senior aide to Hillary Clinton.
He admitted to a single criminal count of transmitting obscene material to a minor during an appearance in federal court in Manhattan Friday. Weiner’s guilty plea resolves a criminal investigation that rose from tabloid fodder to a major role in the final days of the 2016 presidential election.
More from Bloomberg.com: House May Need to Vote Again on GOP Obamacare Repeal Bill
Weiner and prosecutors agreed to a sentence of 21 months to 27 months and must register as a sex offender.
As part of the FBI investigation, agents seized his laptop computer, which had emails to his then-wife, Huma Abedin, a senior adviser to Clinton’s presidential campaign. On Oct. 28, former FBI Director James Comey sent a letter informing Congress that agents were reviewing the emails “to determine whether they contain classified information” relevant to a separate investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server while Secretary of State.
On Nov. 6, two days before the election, Comey sent a second letter to Congress saying the FBI had reviewed the emails on Weiner’s laptop. “Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions” not to recommend criminal charges against Clinton, Comey wrote. Clinton later blamed Comey’s actions for her loss to Donald Trump in the election.