In New York, ex-lawmaker's latest sexting scandal triggers separation

Ross Houston
August 31, 2016

Abedin's announcement follows a New York Post report late Sunday that Weiner recently sent photos of his boxer-brief-clad genitals - one while he was in bed with their toddler son - via Twitter to another woman.

Weiner's Twitter account has since disappeared.

On the day Anthony Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, announced she was leaving him amid a revival of his sexting scandal, Showtime said it will debut the documentary "Weiner", a painful, unrestricted look at their lives. "Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life". "During this hard time, I ask for respect for our privacy", Abedin added.

Abedin is the vice chairwoman of Clinton's presidential campaign and considered one of Democratic Candidate's top aides.

Trump immediately seized on the aide's marital split to accuse Clinton of "bad judgment".

The photos were part of a months-long exchange between Weiner and the woman and numerous messages were sexual in nature, according to the Post report.

Abedin, who as vice chair of Clinton's campaign is destined for big things if the Democrat is elected president, stayed with Weiner after a sexting scandal led him to resign from Congress in 2011 and after a new outbreak of online misbehavior wrecked his bid for NY mayor in 2013.

He originally denied the crotch shot was his but after more photos emerged Weiner called a press conference and admitted he had exchanged messages and photos with six women over a three-year period.

Weiner had attempted to resurrect his political career in 2013 with a bid for mayor of New York City, but his campaign was derailed by another sexting scandal.

With roughly two months to Election Day, Abedin is Clinton's near-constant travel companion and has long exerted great influence within Clinton's inner circle - a role in which she is expected to continue should Clinton win the White House.

Ms Abedin and Mr Weiner had been growing apart for some time, according to the two people close to the couple, with Ms Abedin often on the campaign trail with Ms Clinton and Mr Weiner at home with Jordan.

"Huma is making a very wise decision". He suggested that Weiner might have compromised national security, but offered no evidence to support the allegation. "Who knows what he learned and who he told?"

She arranged for Huma to work part-time at the State Department while pulling down paychecks at the Clinton Foundation and at a company run by Doug Band, Bill Clinton's favorite fixer.

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