Pelosi Launches Ethics Investigation

By Lori Preuitt
|  Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011  |  Updated 6:54 AM PDT
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Pelosi Launches Ethics Investigation

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Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) leaves a press conference after admiting to sending a lewd Twitter photo of himself to a woman and then lying about it.

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San Francisco Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi called for an ethics committee investigation of New York Congressman Anthony Weiner.

On Monday, after days of denials, Weiner confessed that he tweeted a bulging-underpants photo of himself to a young woman in Seattle. "The picture was of me, I sent it," Weiner said.

Pelosi made the call for an ethics investigation in her role as the House Democratic Leader.

She issued the following statement:

"I am calling for an Ethics Committee investigation to determine whether any official resources were used or any other violation of House rules occurred," Pelosi said.

There are reports that Weiner called Pelosi in the moments ahead of a news conference where he announced he had sent lewd pictures over Websites like Facebook and Twitter.  CNN reported that Pelosi gave him simple advice during that conversation: Tell the truth.  

Within two hours of the admission Pelosi called for an investigation to see if any rule or government resources were used in the picture sending.

"I am deeply disappointed and saddened about this situation; for Anthony's wife, Huma, his family, his staff and his constituents," Pelosi said. Weiner is a newlywed. Former Pres. Bill Clinton married the couple within the past year.

Weiner confessed Monday that he had inappropriate exchanges with at least six women.

The confession came with an apology, but he refused to resign. "I am not resigning," Weiner said Monday.

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