US Rep. Israel says Weiner was remorseful

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Posted: Jun 17, 2011 8:23 AM
US Rep. Israel says Weiner was remorseful

A fellow New York congressman says U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner was very remorseful when he informed him of his decision to resign.

Rep. Steve Israel said Friday on NBC's "Today" show that Weiner had previously told him what he said at Thursday's news conference announcing his resignation. His sexting scandal had become "an enormous distraction."

Israel says the Democratic Party put no pressure on Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, to get her husband to resign.

He says he advised Weiner that his resignation was best for him, his family and the country. He says the party did not advise him on how or where to resign.

Israel says he advised Weiner to resign and "left the rest up to him."