Disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner spent more than $13,000 of his campaign money in a bid to suggest the Twitter account from which he had sent his infamous crotch shot had been hacked.
He hired a New York private investigation firm even though he was to admit later that he had sent the picture himself, the New York Daily News
The figure shows up in Weiner’s financial statements filed on Tuesday with the Federal Elections Commission. It was listed under “legal services.”
Weiner, a seven-term Democrat from New York, resigned from Congress in June, nearly a month after he tweeted the lewd shot to his followers on the social network. He had intended to send it to just one woman but mistyped.
The Daily News said Weiner hired T&M Protective Services, when he was in full spin mode over the controversy that eventually led to his resignation. He paid the company $13,290.
But try as it might, T&M, a firm the paper described as “loaded with former NYPD sleuths” could find nothing to suggest that anyone but Weiner himself had sent out the tweet.
Weiner has largely stayed out of the public eye since being forced out of Congress. His wife, Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, gave birth to their first son in December.
His congressional district, which straddles the New York City boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn went Republican in the special election caused by his resignation.
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