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Report: Weiner's Sexting Victim Lied to Damage Clinton

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By    |   Monday, 22 May 2017 11:27 AM

The teenager caught in the middle of the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal lied to the media about her age and political allegiances, WhoWhatWhy reported.

Weiner, a former New York congressman who is married to Hillary Clinton's top aide Human Abedin, accepted a plea deal last week to "transfer of obscene material to a minor" as a result of the case. Abedin has reportedly since filed for divorce from Weiner, The Hill reported.

"WhoWhatWhy has learned that much of what we know about this crime — which played a major role in the outcome of the election — is a lie," Matthew Harvey, Michael Dwyer, Jonathan Larsen and Russ Baker, wrote for the website.

The FBI had originally seized Weiner's laptop in connection to the case and discovered emails from Clinton on the hard drive. Then-FBI Director James Comey told Congress that new evidence had been found in the investigation of Clinton's mishandling of classified information.

Comey's announcement of the Clinton emails helped doom her campaign for president, the website said.

The North Carolina teenager, a self-described supporter of Clinton, was said to be regretful over the role she played in determining the election, WhoWhatWhy reported.

But according to the website's investigation:

  • The girl was not 15 at the time as presented in news accounts — and Weiner's plea deal. A court record reveals she was just shy of her 17th birthday, according to WhoWhatWhy.
  • Weiner's victim and her family were not, as originally believed, Clinton supporters. They actually were Donald Trump enthusiasts and she celebrated Trump's victory on social media, the website claimed.

"Seeing that Weiner is both a repeat offender — his sexting addiction cost him his job in Congress as well as a shot at becoming mayor of New York — and associated with one of the most important people in Clinton's inner circle, it is conceivable that this was a set-up from the beginning, with the objective of embarrassing the Clinton campaign," the reporters noted.

The Hill noted WhoWhatWhy is a non-profit investigative reporting site that describes itself as a "forensic journalism" and looks to "unearth the facts interested parties want hidden."

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