Posted on | June 10, 2011 | 65 Comments
* * * BREAKING NEWS * * *
NEW CASTLE, Del. — Police on Friday afternoon came to the home of a 17-year-old high school junior to ask her about direct online communications she has had with Rep. Anthony Weiner.
Two officers from the New Castle County Police Department arrived at the girl’s home around 4:30 p.m. and asked to speak with the girl’s mother about the daughter’s contact with Weiner. Another officer appeared at the home a short time later. A FoxNews.com reporter was at the home when the police arrived.
UPDATE: Just hours ago, I summarized the background on this case:
UPDATE II: Linked by Fire Andrea Mitchell — thanks! It is important to note at this point that we don’t whether Weiner actually did anything illegal.
UPDATE III: Michelle Malkin:
Nancy Pelosi doesn’t seem to care — and declines to back resignation calls from other Democrats.
UPDATE IV: Linked by William Teach at Right Wing News — thanks! As to Pelosi’s expression of seeming indifference, “Let’s see how long she sticks with that position,” says my American Spectator colleague John Tabin.
UPDATE V: Now Patterico is blogging about the story, which he pushed hard on Thursday. Allahpundit at Hot Air is also on the story, which has its own Memeorandum thread. I’ll try to provide complete aggregation, but it seems everybody is blogging it now.
UPDATE VI: Welcome, Instapundit readers!
UPDATE VIII: Politico got an e-mail statement from Weiner’s spokesman: “According to Congressman Weiner, his communications with this person were neither explicit nor indecent.” But Politico‘s Ben Smith adds: “Sexting with an underage girl would push the Weiner scandal out of the realm of embarrassing consensual conduct and give House leadership reason to credibly threaten expulsion.”
UPDATE IX: Linked by Ed Driscoll — thanks! I first mentioned (but did not name) this teenager on May 30. She has been named elsewhere online. Some blogs that previously named her have since redacted her name. You will see that this angle of the WeinerGate scandal was reported almost immediately (i.e., on May 28) by Verum Serum and Ironic Surrealism.
UPDATE X: New York Daily News:
“She was not targeted in any way and did not receive any inappropriate messages or photos or anything from the congressman,” a source close to the Delaware girl told the Daily News. “If she had, her family would have filed charges.” . . .
“The blogs have taken a few tweets from a 17-year-old kid and put their own twist on messages that were just kid stuff,” the source said. “Her family has gone through all her accounts and not found any inappropriate messages.”
That is a strong denial, although only a thorough law-enforcement investigation — getting access to all records from Twitter — would reveal any messages that the teen previously deleted from her account.