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Key events in ex-US Rep. Anthony Weiner's career, downfall

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Key events in the saga of Anthony Weiner, the former New York congressman who pleaded guilty Friday to transmitting sexual material to a minor:

1998

Nov. 3: Weiner, a Democrat, is elected to Congress.

2005

Sept 13: Weiner comes in second in a bid for the Democratic nomination for mayor of New York City.

2010

July 10: Weiner weds Huma Abedin, a close aide to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Former President Bill Clinton officiates.

2011

May 27: A lewd photograph of a man’s underwear-clad crotch is sent from Weiner’s Twitter account, and then is quickly taken down.

May 29: A spokesman says Weiner’s accounts were hacked and calls the burgeoning social media scandal “a distraction.”

June 6: Weiner tearfully admits to sending the lewd photo and then lying repeatedly to protect himself. He refuses to resign.

June 11: Weiner seeks a temporary leave of absence from the House while he seeks professional treatment. A spokeswoman says he will focus on “becoming a better husband and healthier person.”

June 16: Weiner says he is resigning from Congress during a news conference in Brooklyn interrupted by hecklers. Weiner apologizes “for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment I have caused.”

2013

May 22: Weiner launches his re-entry into the world of politics with a run for New York City mayor, asking voters for a second chance.

July 22: With Weiner leading in the polls, a gossip website posts sexually explicit messages it says were exchanged between Weiner and a woman later identified as Indiana native Sydney Leathers. The woman claims Weiner used the alias “Carlos Danger” for their exchanges.

July 23: Weiner says he won’t drop out of mayoral race, saying at a news conference: “This is entirely behind me.”

Sept. 10: Weiner finishes fifth in Democratic mayoral primary.

2016

Aug. 28: The New York Post publishes photos the newspaper says Weiner sent the previous year to a “40-something” divorced woman. One bulging-underwear shot shows his and Abedin’s toddler son cuddling next to him.

Aug. 29: Abedin says she is separating from Weiner.

Sept. 21: The DailyMail.com publishes an interview with a 15-year-old girl who claims she had sexually explicit online text and video exchanges with Weiner. Weiner acknowledges communications but also claims he’s been the subject of a hoax.

Oct. 28: In a letter to Congress, then-FBI Director James Comey says his agency is investigating whether there is classified information in newly discovered emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, now the Democratic presidential nominee. A U.S. official with knowledge of the case tells The Associated Press the emails prompting the new FBI review came from a separate sexting probe of Weiner. Federal authorities in New York and North Carolina had been investigating online communications between Weiner and a 15-year-old girl.

2017

May 19: Weiner pleads guilty to criminal charges in connection with his online communications with the 15-year-old girl.

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