It is not a crime to send a direct message to a minor. What it does show is very poor judgement. When Charlie Rangel comes to your defense its over.
In a statement to Roll Call Friday evening, the New York Democrat’s spokeswoman Risa Heller said, “According to Congressman Weiner, his communications with this person were neither explicit nor indecent.”
Heller’s statement comes after the New Castle County Police Department questioned the girl Friday afternoon, according to Fox News, which said it had reporters present at the home when police arrived.
Weiner became a “follower” of the girl, who is 17, on Twitter in April, and subsequently sent her direct messages. The content of those messages was unknown Friday.
So far, the scandal involving Weiner’s use of social networking sites to carry on a string of sexually-explicit communications with women has not included allegations of criminal misconduct on the part of the seven-term Congressman.
The inquiry could ramp up pressure on Weiner to resign and will certainly mean that the scandal-plagued lawmaker will continue dominate political conversations for days to come — much to the chagrin of Democratic leaders who are hoping he will resign of his own accord.
Prior to the Fox News report, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday afternoon declined to explicitly call for Weiner to quit Congress, telling the Associated Press that it is up to “the individual Member” and their constituents to decide. A spokesman for Pelosi did not immediately return a request for comment on the Fox News report.
In addition, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) came to Weiner’s defense on Friday.
via Roll Call News.