The saga of Rep. Anthony Weiner took several turns Wednesday as a handful of Capitol Hill Democrats called for the lawmaker to resign and news broke that Weiner’s wife was pregnant.
Late Wednesday, the New York Times reported that Weiner’s wife, senior State Department aide Huma Abedin, is in the early stages of pregnancy with the couple’s first child. A person close to the Clinton family confirmed the news to the The Washington Post on Wednesday. Abedin left Wednesday for a trip to northern Africa with her boss and mentor, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
When asked about the matter late Wednesday afternoon, State Department official Philippe Reines e-mailed his response from the Clinton trip in Abu Dhabi: “no comment.”
On Capitol Hill, Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz (D-Pa.) issued a statement Wednesday calling on Weiner (D-N.Y.) to step down after his admission of engaging in virtual relationships with at least six women. Schwartz said that “having the respect of your constituents is fundamental for a Member of Congress,” adding that in “light of Anthony Weiner’s offensive behavior online, he should resign.”