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play out live here on cnn, changed in a matter of moments. now more on the confession of congressman anthony weiner in "the situation room" with wolf blitzer. wolf? >> brooke, thanks very much. happening now, breaking news. congressman anthony weiner admits he lied and he did send a lewd photo to a woman on his twitter account and addressing inappropriate communications with women. we'll talk about the legal and political fallout. stand by. plus, defense secretary robert gates says farewell to u.s. troops we'll take you
inside "the situation room." the lewd photo on andrew weiner's twitter account was in fact sent by him and not by some hacker. after one photo surfaced, appearing to show him shirtless. there it is. the congressman admits to a number of inappropriate online relationships with women. listen to some of weiner's comments. >> thank you very much for being here and good afternoon. i'd like to take some time to clear up some of the questions that have been going on for the past ten days or so and take full responsibility for my actions. i'd like to make it clear that i have made several mistakes and the people that i care about the most and i'm deeply sorry.
i have not been honest about myself, my family, my constituents, my friends, and supporters, and the media. last friday night i tweeted a photograph of myself and i intended to send as a direct message as part of a joke to a woman in seattle. once i realized i had posted it to twitter, i panicked, took it down and said that i had been hacked. i then continued with that story, to stick to that story, which was a hugely regrettable mistake. this woman was unwittingly dragged into this and bears responsibility. i'm so sorry to have disrupted herself in this way, to be clear, the picture was of me and i sent it. i am deeply sorry for the pain i have caused my wife huma and my family and constituents, friends, supporters, and staff. in addition, i have engaged in several inappropriate conversations conducted over twitter, facebook, e-mail, and
occasionally on the phone with women that i have met online. i have exchanged messages and photos from an explicit nature with six women over the last three years. for the most part, these communications took place before my marriage, though some have took place after. to be clear, i have never had physical relationships with these women at any time. i have not told the truth. and i've done things that i deeply regret. i brought pain to people that i care about the most and the people who have believed in me. and for that i'm deeply sorry. >> there is his opening statement and then he took questions from reporters. mary snow is at the hotel in
manhattan. she watched it unfold. i've seen a lot of news conferences and statements. this was stunning in terms of the acknowledgement, how blatantly he lied, not only to me or to you but to all of his constituents when he said that he did not send that photo on twitter. now he says it was all one big lie. >> reporter: it really was stunning, wolf. and then he came out and admitted that he had relationships on twitter and facebook and then six women ofr the past three years. most of them were before he was married and said that some of the contact that he had with these women came after his marriage. and you mentioned earlier, wolf, the photos that had emerged today. i asked congressman weiner if he saw those photos when they were taken, who he sent them to. he said that he had not seen the photos today. as for why he's coming out now, he said he decided that it was
time to be truthful and only told his wife this morning. and told his staff this afternoon and that he called house speaker nancy pelosi, telling her what he was about to say and said that she advised him to tell the truth. as you saw there in that press conference, there were several times when his voice started cracking and it looked like he was about to start crying every time he mentioned his wife who said that she was unhappy about this when he told her but he said that he is not going to resign at this point. and he stood there for a considerable amount of time fielding these questions and only cut it off after someone entered the room who was not a reporter and started asking bogus questions and statements. wolf, there was one surreal element to this, of course, andrew breitbart who is behind biggovernment.com, the conservative blogger who has been posting these pictures.
he first showed up before the press conference and started taking questions from the press and then after take being the podium and take back a second time during that press conference to hear what congressman weiner was going to say. >> certainly a moment where andrew breitbart was vindicated by all of what weiner himself said. mary, stand by. i want to go to capitol hill. kate bouldan is on capitol hill. you heard nancy pelosi say you must come clean and must explain what is going on. you must be honest with everyone right now. and finally the question is, can he keep his job really when all is said and done? he said he's going to fight to repair his reputation. i don't know if you've gotten any reaction from colleagues or friends of his up on the hill but it's certainly going to be a difficult chore for him. >> reporter: he definitely is going to try to. he has already made a defense
for why he thinks he should be able to keep his job. i would venture to say that many members of congress and we are actively seeking reaction. you heard the congressman starting to make his defense for why he should be keeping his job. he said that his blackberry is not a government blackberry. and there are several times that he was asked why he should keep his job and why an investigation shouldn't be launched into what he has been doing. he said that he basically indicated that he thinks he has done this on his private time and he's been -- he thinks separating his public image, his public life and work from this -- as he calls it, a dumb and destructive mistake and what
he says he's doing in his pif vat time. when he said, i don't know what i was thinking and that's what a lot of people are probably thinking right now. as we're now getting all of this information after you had asked some very pointed questions, we at capitol hill had been asking very pointed and clear questions to members of congress and he very clearly lied up until this point, wolf. >> no way around it. he certainly did. i want to bring in david gergen and paul, our democratic strategist. david, to you, what an amazing turn of events. when i sat with him for 20 minutes the other day, he seemed so convincing. he seemed to make the case, there may be photos out there but i did not send that photo on twitter to that young college student in washington state. now he admits that was a flat out lie. here's the question, david. can politicians survive this
kind of embarrassment? >> wolf, it's hard to know. it's so bizarre. listen, had he come clean immediately after the first photo, even if more photos had come through, because there was no physical relationship, apparently no physical relationship, according to his version now, i think he would have survived. but having lied as blatantly as he d. i think he's finished. once he came to you and others as flat out as he did, you and i go back all the way to watergate and we know that often the cover-up is worse than the crime. >> it certainly is. a huge embarrassment. paul, he says he was embarrassed by his own behavior and that's why he lied to everyone last week. is that a good enough excuse? >> in a word, no.
he clearly today said that he was lying to he and his wife. he lied to you, to the public, to his constituents. that's an enormous problem. but we've seen politicians survive sex scandals before. i'm not ready yet to say that he's through. but it's awfully difficult when you've had to admit that you were a liar and representative weiner lied to you and other members of the media. he lied to you today but he never should have done that in the first place. >> and he said he may need therapy to help him get through this. he obviously has a problem, paul. >> well, he does. i don't know that that's a problem politically. but this seems so self-destructive and destructive and damaging perhaps to the women that he was sending these messages to. i don't know if they were
consensual or unsolicited. he says that they were consensual but it's hard to believe anything that we've heard anymore for fr congressman weiner and that may be the telltale fact. in other words, if this was consensual and they were all adults, perhaps this was survivable. but if this is like mark foley, sending messages to underage women, that was clearly not survivable and he resigned. >> david, is there any possible of criminal wrongdoing here? is there anything that could be investigated or was this a super dumb act on the part of this congress? >> i would assume there would have to be an ethics investigation. was he using a blackberry from the government? he said he was not.
everything has to be double-checked in this case. let me go back to paul's point. i take it you and i would agree that had he come clean to begin with, i think he could have survived. but surely i think you would also agree, many people talk to him about being the next mayor of new york. don't you think that dream is ended? >> yes, i do. i think you're right about that. but he's got 17 months before he faces his constituents back home in brooklyn and it may well be, as he said, if they think he's doing a good job in his public service to him, look, we saw senator caught up in a horrible scandal where he was on the list of the d.c. madam and everybody thought he was through and he got elected in a landslide. so sometimes with time, brooklyn is a liberal place, congressman weiner is a liberal guy. >> hold on a second, both of
you. paul, put on your hat and tell me what he needs to do to survive politically and i ask you the question, paul, because someone who helped bill clinton get through the whole monica lewinsky scandal, as all of our viewers will remember. >> first, he's got to look at the ways he can be removed from his job. most importantly, the house can expel him before his constituents get a chance to vote through the ethics committee process. so he could have real exposure with the ethics committee. we don't know the rest of the facts. he by goalie better be fully candid with the ethics committee or he will be through. and then he's got to get back to work. he's got to deliver for his constituents. people didn't approve of bill clinton or his affair or his lies but they approved of his
job as president and that is what saved him. he's got to show his folks back home. >> what does he need to do to survive? >> go into therapy immediately and be totally candid with other members of the delegation. and he's got to distinct wish himself from chris lee. republicans are going to say, our guy resigned. why are you not going to resign? democrats have one standard and republicans have another and he's got to find a way to distinct wish that. we have a lot more coming up on anthony weiner. stand by for that.
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get back to the anthony weiner dramatic revelations. jack cafferty? >> it was very compelling television. speaking of compelling, our one nation tour may be making a pit stop in arizona but the defendant that sarah palin has kicked up along the way, she began her well publicized family bus tour in washington on memorial day and on the way to visit historic sites, and a cat
a mouse and with sarah palin saying she didn't mean to distract from mitt romney's announcement by visiting new hampshire on the same day that he announced that he was running. sure. she also said it was a coincidence that he ended up in new hampshire on the same day that mitt romney announced that she was running. sure. and then there was an element american history mistake with paul revere while visiting boston to warn the british soldiers that they would have a fight on their hands if they tried to take arms away from the columnists. not exactly. it's true that everyone makes his steaks, including me. there is historical inaccuracies. but at least he got it right. palin said i know my american history and then gave a long winded explanation of what she really meant.
it's like every time palin makes a mess, she runs to fox news or they try to kick sand over it. she knows how to draw attention to herself and that's not necessarily a good thing for the republicans, whether she ultimately decides to run for president or not. here's the question, then. is sarah palin's pub list teep stunt helping or hurting republican chances in 20102? go to cnn.com/caffertyfile. >> good to see you here in new york. >> good to see you. >> a colleague is being honored tonight. >> she's lovely. stand by. let's get back to the news of the moment, congressman anthony weiner admitting she lied to all of us. he says she did in fact send that lewd photo to that young
college student in washington state. sent other pictures as well. dr. laura berman is joining us. she's the renowned sex and relationship expert. thank you for joining us. he says he needs some therapy, he needs some help. what is going on here? >> he definitely needs some therapy and some help and he's certainly not alone. i mean, this just keeps happening again and again. deny, deny, deny. and then a public figure in public office, you're going to be found out and certainly he's not only lost his wife's trust but all of ours as well. >> obviously he had a powerful instinct to said these photos and to get into these twitter conversations, if you will, with these young women out there. he says, most of them occurred before he got married about a year ago but some took place even after he got married.
explain, as you're a sex therapist. you understand what is going on here. >> well, you know, i've been watching him and as i was watching his back story as the story has been unfolding, he's known for being very aggressive, for being very volatile. he clearly, even his hairline and his jawbone, he clearly is a man that has a tremendous amount of testosterone. that's not an excuse. but if you look at these high-powered men who are highly aggressive and get into this sexual trouble, it's often going happened in hand with high levels of testosterone which means that he has an extremely high labito. does that mean that he doesn't have to have judgment? no. but men who sort of can get -- and women for that matter, can get to a place where the labido is so high and how extreme they are, they feel no cons against of the law and get a high from
the power and inevitably they end up falling on their face. i feel sorry for the wives and like all of the other wives that have gone before them, most of them have stood by stoic clee while they wait for all of this to sink in and it's not going to be an easy pill for this new wife to swallow. >> they've barely been married a year. huma abedin. she's a lovely young woman. going back to her days up in the senate on capitol hill. if you were giving both of them advice right now and trying to save that marriage, save that relationship, what would you tell them? >> i would tell both of them to immediately get into individual and couple's therapy. she's going to need support to separate herself from all of the noise going on around her, whether it's from his advisers
or from family and really make sense of this. he's got to get to work very seriously on himself and his impulse control and would wha would drive him to have this kind of poor judgment and the two of them, most importantly, need to be in therapy poth because i always tell couples that you can absolutely survive a horrible infidelity but only if you're both willing to do the work it takes to rebuild the trust and now they not only have to rebuild the trust but she's got to get over the public humiliation which is not going to be easy. >> so would you advice them to go to their own therapist separately and then together as a couple? >> absolutely. she needs a separated advocate for herself and then he needs someone to help him. you know this, wolf. good job. >> dr. berman, thank you. >> tonight is my premier on the oprah winfrey network.
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let's get back to the breakinging news a bombshell announcement from anthony weiner that he lied about sending a lewd photo and then he says he actually tried to cover it all up. listen to this. >> i don't know what i was thinking. this was a destructive thing to do and i'm apologetic for doing it. it was something that i did that was just wrong and i regret it. this is our strategy session, roland martin and cnn.com contributor, david frohm. david, i'll start with you. what do you think? can he survive this politically?
>> it started with the hijacking of a conference by andrew breitbart that came to the microphone and he was there to prove that there was a lot of ways besides sexting and then anthony weiner just kept talking and talking and talking and he was finished and kept going. he didn't add anything, just subjected himself and the audience to this extended humiliation. can he survive? people survive things. it's up to the voters, voters can be very tolerant and at some level people are going to wonder, same thing as with chris lee, i think, what exactly is the story here? it's kind of weird behavior. it's a problem for the wife but no laws seem to have been broken. it was dishonest. but i find it hard to believe that this is really the kind of story on which the fate of republicans turn. >> it's interesting, roll laand
says he never even met these women, that it was all done via twitter or facebook and maybe engaged in sexting, if that's what you call it. >> right. >> there were a few phone conversations that he had as well. it doesn't look like anything illegal was done. >> first of all, we don't know what actually took place. all we know is that he's incredibly stupid and with all of this. i remember when this story first broke, i was on my facebook page and twitter page by saying, look, stop giving four or five stories. give one story, tell the truth, move on. this is always the problem. it's when you go up to this cover up. jim tressell is out as ohio state coach because it's always the cover up. and so david said that while this is sort of weird, no it's not. people are calling 1-800-numbers, into pornography, the whole thing is sexting. we're seeing it take place in junior high, elementary schools,
there's no shock that you would see it happening with adults. i heard an earlier comment, please, the one thing i do not want to see, i don't want to see his wife standing next to him at a news conference. i can't stand seeing that. the man screwed up, take it like a man, get your butt kicked but do not subject your wife to any criticism or have her stand next to you at any kind of news conference. >> she wasn't told the complete truth, he himself says, this morning. and they were only married less than a year. >> i find this all very hard to sum this up and we're on tv and including the marriages of people we've never met, i dig deep and don't have t maybe it's because i got very caught up in the clinton scandal in the late
1990s and i got very energized about that, as the way a lot of republicans did and you look back on it and you think, what is that all about any way? what did it do? what did it accomplish? and what during a time of national prosperity and national peace. and i don't want to make any excuses for bad behavior. i have no idea. his wife may be a various item. that's her perper rog tif. you may not want to send your daughter or connected to a member of your family. we don't condone this behavior and nobody should engage in it. and yet i just find it hard to get energized about this at this time of economic collapse. >> roland, i'm getting a lot of e-mails and tweets saying we're
going over board. this is a personal matter between congressman weiner and his wife and let's get on and start doing reporting. other news. is this a real story or are we going over board because of the nature and the last thing they want to see us discussing this, if it was a conservative, i guarantee you the liberals would not be saying it and vice versa. here is the fundamental issue here. i do think it comes to credibility. it comes to honesty. when congressman weiner is on television, talking about the policies of fellow members of congress, things along those lines and bills, what people are watching at home, they are saying, i need to trust for the person is saying. and what happens is, your credibility, when you lie repeatedly and now you want to come out and the credibility is the credit issue. >> that's not important because he did try to gin up a phony
scandal of clarence thomas because clarence thomas' wife was doing advocacy work. so that with a judge being married to a partner who's got political work, and nobody is suggesting that he should stand down from that and never taken it up. as to the marriage, i don't find opinions. >> this will be an issue between the two of them as it should be. let's see what happens. guys, thanks very much. >> there is conservative republicans calling for a more speedy troop withdraw from afghanistan. we'll tell you where that fight stands now. a man who caught a policeman shooting on camera. a police shooting on camera.
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in syria, dozens of people were killed today, armed gangs for the death of 120 security forces. opposition forces say opposition groups were killed as well. cnn cannot verify the report because the government has restricted access to the area. they will not allow international journalists inside the country. meanwhile, uncertainty about the troop withdrawal from afghanistan. the president has not decided about the scope and size of the pullout but is under enormous pressure to bring the troops
home as soon as possible especially now that osama bin laden is dead. let's bring in chris lawrence who is working an important story for us. >> initially the announcement was shout to be minimum, maybe 3 or 4,000 but now there's a growing pressure to make that number bigger and to bring the troops home faster. there's a fight about to go down. on one side, those who say starting next month president obama should bring home a significant number of troops home faster. the other side arguing it's too risky. >> nobody wants to give up the games that have been lost at such a hard cost. >> urging officials to keep combat troops as long as possible. >> i would opt to keep the shooters and take the support out first. but the numbers are such that
it's going to have to be both. >> reporter: in 2009, president obama sent another 30,000 troops to afghanistan. but it's not 2009. the national debt has soared. there's political pressure to make spending cuts, and it costs $1 million per man to fight in afghanistan. >> we are spending about 120 billion per year, 10 billion per month and we -- there's no end in sight. >> and the head of al qaeda is dead. some see what intelligence agents and a special operations team were able to accomplish as proof that a smaller smaller strategy can work. >> i think the counterterrorism proponents, people who want a more reduced presence, their voices are more powerful now and they are getting more traction. >> reporter: that includes vice president biden who lost the surge to gates two years ago. but look at this, biden is still here. in the new national security
advisor, tom donalan, andly john panetta showing what drones can do without huge number of troops. general david petraeus will no longer be in the military when he shifts over to the cia. the secretary of state sided with gates then but on withdrawing troops, she has not tipped her hands on what she thinks now. >> because we are still gathering our best assessment. now, president obama will have a video conference with karzai on thursday and i'm sure troop withdrawls will be a part of that discussion. gates is not going just yet. he will be back from afghanistan and that's when the real talks, we'll get down to the nitty gritty of trying to make recommendations to the president of this number. he's going to get at least one more chance to weigh in, wolf. >> $115 billion this year alone and more that $2 billion a week
to keep all of those troops in afghanistan. obviously the financial stake is enormous as well. our new situation blog, cnn.com/situationroom, check it out. a new series of explosions across iraq. at least 25 people were killed, including five u.s. troops. the americans were sleeping in trailers at their base in baghdad when a suicide bomber attacked. this coincides with a deadline for iraqi cabinet ministers to make reforms or be fired. this is raising new questions about iraqi security. about 50,000 u.s. troops are still in iraq right now but they are all supposed to be out by the end of the year. it was one of the most shocking and bizarre news conferences we've seen in a while. we're talking about anthony weiner. extended excerpts.
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yemen's president returns home from recovering from two operations in saudi arabia. he was hit by a rebel attack over the weekend. let's bring in jill dougherty. this is a huge concern for the united states right now given the al qaeda presence in that country. >> yes, wolf. actually, the u.s. is scrambling to hold back the fallout from that conflict in yemen. there's a caretaker vice president in charge. president obama's top national security advisor, john brennan, has been talking directly with him. and u.s. officials are saying that the stakes couldn't be higher. >> reporter: yemen's president saleh lies in a hospital bed in saudi arabia, severely burned, hit with shrapnel on an attack on his presidential palace. secretary of state hillary clinton issues a warning to
president saleh, don't go back. >> we think an immediate transition is in the interest of the yemen knee people because the instability and lack of security currently afflicting yemen cannot be addressed until there is some process that everyone knows is going to lead to sort of the economic and political reforms that they are seeking. >> reporter: the u.s. has been working with yemen to pressure saleh to step down. fueled by an economy on life support has been overtaken by tribal and political conflict and al qaeda's most dangerous wing is exploiting that christopher bostick says that the downfall do be imminent. >> i don't think president saleh will go back. the regime says that he's going
to return within days, or maybe within weeks, but i don't see how there's an option to go back and be president. >> reporter: saleh has been an ally with the u.s. just this past january, secretary clinton made a surprise visit there. >> as the arab spring has happened and people look at the democratic change, we've all talked about the time in which our principles, our ideal of democracy, will run up against our national security interest. this is the place where that probably happens most clearly. >> and a u.s. official tells cnn that unrest already is making it more difficult for u.s. anti-terrorism officials in yemen. he says that already the al qaeda and probably at this point
they have more free rein and the other part is, especially in yemen, there was collection of the information about aqap and the big fear right now is that flow of information could slow or even stop. >> obviously a a critically imp, thanks very much, jill. we'll have more on the shocking news conference from new york congressman anthony wiener coming up. he apologized to his wife, his family, the news media, his constituents for directly lying about sending lewd photos. [ waves crashing ]
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the minority leader in the house, nancy pelosi, is now calling for an ethics committee investigation into congressman anthony weiner who says he lied to all of us and he did, in fact, send that lewd photo to a college student in washington state. pelosi issuing this statement. i'm deeply disappointed and saddened about this situation, for an thome's wife huma, his family, his staf and his constituents. i'm calling for an ethics committee investigation to
determine whether any official resources were used or any other violation of house rules occurred. that statement from nancy pelosi just coming in to "the situation room." if you missed it, here's what he said just a little while ago. >> to be clear, the picture was of me and i sent it. i'm deeply sorry for the pain this has caused my wife huma and our family and my constituent, my friends, supporters and staff. in addition over the past few years i have engaged in several inappropriate conversations conducted over twitter, facebook, e-mail and occasionally on the phone with women i've met online. i've exchanged messages and photos of an explicit nature with about six women over the last three years. for the most part these communications took place before my marriage, though some have sadly took place after. to be clear, i have never met any of these women or had physical relationships at any
>> the question this hour is sarah palin's publicity stunt, that family vacation thing she did on that bus, is that helping or hurting republicans' chances in 2012? p.t. writes definitely hurting. her intellectually challenged comments are killing her and at the same time they draw media attention away from the serious gop contenders. the sickening part of all this is the news media doesn't seem to care that she's using them. mary write, i don't know if she's hurting republicans and i don't particularly care. i just wonder if the lame streamed me yarks as she calls them, realizes how ridiculous they look chasing after her. if they ignored her, she'd come courting them soon enough. jim writes sarah's bus tour and publicity stunt won't hurt the republicans but just wait till she runs for president. sarah being on the republican debate team will be a reminder of the risk that john mccain put this country in when he tapped her to be his vice president. tom writes america is still reeling from the bush years.
we're not about to elect another moron. so her gaffes are a pure distraction. sunday morning ron paul had an intelligent discussion with candy crowley. the media's still stunned from palin thinking that paul revere was a british agent so ron paul doesn't get coverage. m. in in texas, yes, she hurt them last time, she's hurting them now more. she needs to sit down and be quiet. pat in michigan, it's hurting republicans if the party can't control one spoiled rotten pub husbandty hound and get her to school up before she runs her mouth, then what kind of example is that to the american people? the republican party needs to divorce themselves from their pet network and stand instead on their own two feet on policy and issues. mike in virginia, it only hurts if she runs and wins the nomination. anything else will be seen by most as self-promotion which is a reflection on her, not the republican party. and carla write, you have to be more specific, jack. which publicity stunt? from where i sit, the woman is a publicity stunt.
you want to read for on this, go to cnn.com/caffertyfile. amazing, every time you mention this woman's name the e-mails just fly. they pour in. >> she's got that. >> she's got something. >> jack, thanks very much. and to our viewers, you're in "the situation room." happening now, breaking news, a stunning reversal from congressman anthony weiner who now admits he lied about that lewd photo sent to a young college student online. and weiner admits to inappropriate contacts with other women as well. he's offering apologies but no resignation. how many troops will stay in afghanistan for how long? the white house weighing strategy and congress weighing the costs. making a farewell visit to the war zone and making it clear where he stands. a couple of witnessed and police shooting in miami beach say that police tried to intimidate them and destroy their video. you'll hear how they managed to
hide the recording and make it public. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. breaking news, political headlines and jeanne moos all straight ahead. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." after more than a week of vehement denials, democratic congressman anthony weiner of new york now admits that a lewd photo on his twitter account is of him and was actually sent by him. choking back tears, he went before reporters in a new york city hotel and confessed not only to that picture, but he revealed what he called inappropriate online communication with other women as well. the house democratic leader nancy pelosi has just called for a house ethics committee investigation of weiner. we're covering all angles of this story this hour. but first, his riveting statement and news conference. here's congressman anthony weiner in his own words. >> thank you very much for being
here and good afternoon. i'd like to take this time to clear up some of the questions that have been raised over the past ten days or so and take full responsibility for my actions. at the outset i'd like to make it clear that i've made terribly mistakes that have hurt the people i care about the most and i'm deeply sorry. i have not been honest with myself, my family, my constituents, my friends, and supporters and the media. last friday night i tweeted a photograph of myself that i intended to send as a direct message as part of a joke to a woman in seattle. once i realized i had posted it to twitter, i panicked. i took it down and said that i had been hacked. i then continued with that story, to stick to that story, which was a regrettable mistake. this woman was unwittingly dragged into this and bears absolutely no responsibility. i'm so sorry to have disrupted her life in this way. to be clear, the picture was of me and i sent it.
i am deeply sorry for the pain this has caused my wife huma and our family and my constituent, my friends, supporters and staff. in addition, over the past few years i have engaged in several inappropriate conversations conducted over twitter, facebook, e-mail and occasion occasionaloccasiona occasionally on the phone with women i've met online. i've exchanged messages and photos of an explicit nature with six women over the last three years. for the most part these communications took place before my marriage, though some have sadly took place after. to be clear, i have never met any of these women or had physical relationships at any time. i haven't told the truth. and i've done things i deeply regret. i have brought pain to people i care about the most and people who believed in me.
and for that i'm deeply sorry. i apologize to my wife and our families as well as to our friends and supporters. i'm deeply ashamed of my terrible judgment and actions. i'll be glad to take any questions that you might have. >> congressman -- should you go ahead and resign? >> i came here to accept the full responsibility for what i've done. i am deeply regretting what i have done, and i am not resigning. i have made it clear that i accept responsibility for this, and people who draw conclusions about me are free to do so. i've worked for the people of my district for 13 years in politics for 20 years and i hope
that they see fit to see this in a light that it is, which is a deeply regrettable mistake. >> why do you draw a distinction between before you were married and after you were married. because you were a member of congress before you were married. >> i think it is more inappropriate things that i've done since marriage. my primary sense of regret and my primary apology goes to my wife. i should not have done this and i should not have done this particularly when i was married. that's why i make this distinction. >> why did you do this after the marriage? you know it's wrong. people and constituents and your families, what were you thinking? >> i don't know what i was thinking. this was a destructive thing to do. i'm apologetic for doing it. it was deeply, deeply hurtful to the people i care about most. it was something that i did that
was just wrong, and i regret it. >> congressman -- >> did you use resources for this kind of activity? and if so, this is a violation of the public trust? >> i did not. >> congressional phones, congressional e-mail, on congressional time? >> no, i didn't do -- listen, i'm going to try to tell you everything that i can remember. it was my black berry is not a government blackberry, my home computer is usually where i did these things. i don't have a knowledge of every last communication, but i don't believe that i used any government resources. >> breitbart -- implying that you had an x-rated photo of you. do you say that is not true? >> no, i cannot. >> congressman, why -- >> i regret not being honest about this. this was a big mistake to -- i
was embarrassed. i was humiliated. i'm still to this moment -- i was trying to protect my wife, i was trying to protect myself from shame. it was a mistake and i really regret it. >> congress mman -- some kind oa ploy to -- >> this was a mistake and i'm very sorry for it. and i take it seriously, but where i go from here and what steps i take, i take it seriously. this was a destructive thing to do that i deeply regret. >> congressman, your wife is not here. are you going to split up with your wife because of this? >> i love my wife very much. >> are you going to split up? >> i love my wife very much. and we have no intention of splitting up over this. we have been through -- we have been through a great deal together, and we will weather this. i love her very much. and she loves me.
>> a very emotional congressman anthony weiner telling a very, very different story today than the one he told me and all of our viewers only last wednesday in his office up on capitol hill. listen to what he said during our interview on capitol hill only five days ago. >> did you send that picture to that college student in washington state? >> i did not. she says she never got it and doesn't know me. i certainly don't know her. this seems like it was a prank to make fun of my name, you know, when you're named weiner that happens a lot. some 45,000 odd number twitter followers. this is a crank that's gotten an enormous amount of attention. >> have you ever taken a picture of yourself like this? >> let me say this. i have photographs. i don't know what photographs are out there in the world of me, i don't know what things have been manipulated and doctored and we'll try to find
out what happened. but the most important reason to find out what happened is to make sure it doesn't happen again. obviously someone got access to my account, that's fun. they sent a picture that makes fun of the the name weiner. touche. dr. moriarty, you got me. i got the joke and continued on with my life. and i think that, frankly, that's what i would encourage everyone to do. i don't believe this is a big federal issue. >> are you protecting anyone? >> yes. >> who? >> i'm protecting my wife, who every day is waking up to these insane stories that are getting so far from reality. you know, we've been married less than a year. to watch her watch these stories, get crazier and crazier about what is essential a prank, a hoax. we went to bed that night not patting an eye, this is a goofy thing that happened. she married a congressman, okay? she knows a little bit about something living a public life. she knows that goes along with a
little aggravation. i don't think she imagined that it would be this, this bizarre stories about people that are connected to me by eight or nine rings of connection on social media. i'm protecting her the best i can. i can handle myself. these poor people who are getting dragged into this with these more and more bizarre conspiracy theories, i'm protecting people who are so offended when cnn puts this breitbart guy on and says the most outlandish thing about complete innocent people. i can take the flack, but at some point when i say, i'm not going to do any more questions about that, it is to some degree to protect a certain amount of integrity for all of us that we're having this conversation about something that was essentially a prank. >> let's assess what's going on with democratic strategist and cnn political contributor paul begala and our senior political analyst david gergen. in this particular case, andrew breitbart, paul, he was right,
he was telling the truth and anthony weiner was lying. >> well, it certainly seems to be the case, doesn't it, wolf? and mr. breitbart has been wrong about a lot of things in the past. i wasn't sure he deserved the benefit of the doubt. certainly hasn't in the past. it goes to his supposed credit. i don't know why someone would want to be right about something like this. but that's how these guys want to cover politics, it's theirs website. they can do what they want with it. but the bigger problem is that an thoeb weiner looked you in the eye and lied. obviously congressman wiener knew that it was true. he could have not done any interviews, or if he's going to do interview, he should have told the truth. no comment is okay, nobone of yr business is okay, but he looked right in your eyes and your viewers' eyes by extension. if he tells no further lies and
makes amends and if no new facts come out that are not damaging, but it's an enormous problem. >> he said he lied because he was embarrassed and he thought it was the best way to deal with it. he now admits that was a huge, huge blunder. you saw him break down, start crying, apologize especially to his wife huma. how big is this in the course of political scandals in washington? >> well, wolf, the poor judgment he showed in getting involved with these electronic relationships i think was a mistake that he could have survived. and because we have so many people who are sexting now on the internet and playing games on the internet that i imagine there would be a measure of forgiveness. but once he was asked about it and once it broke and he lied about it as he did, that breaks the sort of bond as you would between congressman and members
of his constituency. causes enormous problems for democrats. probably the hardest part of this is whether he can survive within his own caucus and whether the democrats may not wish him gone. and that, i just think it got a lot bigger once he lied. and abc is now reporting that there was a woman in texas with whom he had a number of exchanges and she was encouraged by others to go to drudge, go to breitbart, and that's how this forced him out today. >> you know, i guess the question is did he shame the house of representatives? and is that enough for the house ethics committee, paul, which is now going to investigate, going to look into this, according to nancy pelosi, the democratic leader. is that enough to get rid of him from the house of representatives? >> i think you got to wait and let the process work its way through. these things take a while. he's got, i think, three concentric circles that he has
to make right. first and most importantly is his wife. she's a friend of mine. she's a really remarkable person and did not deserve this. she certainly deserved the apology but a lot more. but then the next circle is his colleagues. david gerg been pointed out democratic and republican colleagues. this does bring disrepute to the house of representatives. it damaged the house. then he'll have to go to the ethics committee and, by god, he better tell the truth there and come completely clean and not hide or falsely deny anything. but nen the third ring is his constituents in brooklyn. he's got 17 months to do that. and that is, in politics, a lifetime or more. but he's got to work through all three of those things. the wife first, then his colleagues, then his constituents back home. >> my own feeling is if he was going to lie to all of us, and he shouldn't have lied, but he should have come to our studios in cnn and washington and lie in "the situation room" rather than inviting us into his capitol
hill office where u.s. taxpayers paid for that office. it may be a small point, but just something that resonates with me, for what it's worth. we'll continue our coverage of this. a lot more other news coming. you. jack cafferty is coming up with "the cafferty file." also a critical white house meeting on afghanistan and calls to bring u.s. troops home more quickly. then disturbing video of a police shooting. the man who took it said officers tried to destroy it. but he took unusual action to save it. plus the controversy over palin's tape.
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>> more than 100 conservatives sent a letter to house speaker john boehner, majority leader eric cantor today setting out strict guidelines in order to get their vote to support an increase in the debt ceiling. these lawmakers are concerned that boehner and cantor aren't going to push hard enough for spending cuts when they meet with joe biden o on thursday. they want discretionary and spending cuts that would cut the deficit in half next year. good luck getting that. for all the tough talk coming from republican lawmakers about cutting spending and reducing the deficit, they refuse to give in on one issue, raising taxes, mostly on the rich. such a move would raise revenue at a time when the country's facing a $14.3 trillion national debt. but it would also anger wealthy republican donors, and we can't have that now, can we? according to a new gallup poll, americans are split over whether or not to raise taxes for the rich. 47% of americans think the government should redistribute
wealth in this country by raising taxes on the wealthiest citizens. 49% disagree. if you break it down by party affiliation, there's not a lot of surprise. percentage of democrats who are for raising taxes on the wealthy is just about equal to the percentage of republicans who are opposed to that. 71% of democrats support redistributing wealth, 26% against it. 28% of republicans support a plan to tax the wealthy more heavily. 69% do not. when it comes to independents, it's split pretty evenly. 43% support redistributing wealth through taxation and 53% do not. the question is this -- should american wealth be redistributed by taxing the rich? go to cnn.com/caffertyfile and post a comment on my blog. >> the u.s. withdrew from afghanistan that would save $100 billion this year alone. >> i saw today they may accelerate the pace of troop withdrawal over there. >> partially because of the money. >> and partially because there's
an election coming up. >> and cardsy is accusing the u.s. of becoming military occupiers of their country. >> we haven't done him any favors, right? >> with troop withdrawal due to begin soon the white house is weighing its strategy on the war and members of congress are weighing the huge, huge cost. let's go to brianna keilar who is working the story for us. >> reporter: wolf, july is the deadline for beginning to withdraw some of those so-called surge troops in afghanistan. back in april president obama said this would be a significant drawdown not just a token gesture. but it appears as among some of the president's top advisers there are some at odds over just how many troops to pull out. with july 2011 just around the corner, it's decision time for president obama. how many troops will leave afghanistan? just a few or a lot? he promised an announcement soon in an interview with hearst television monday but revealed
no detail details. >> by us killing osama bin laden, getting al qaeda back on its heels stabilizing much of the country in afghanistan so the taliban can't take it over, it's now time for us to recognize that we've accomplished a big chunk of our mission and that it's time for the afghans to take more responsibility. >> reporter: the president has said his decision will reflect the reality on the ground. outgoing defense secretary robert gates in afghanistan monday said only a modest withdrawal should begin and they should be troops in supporting roles. >> i'd try to maximize my combat capability as long as this process goes on. i think that's a no-brainer. >> reporter: but gates leaves the pentagon at the end of the month. and against his advice, a faster drawdown of troops is under consideration. administration sources anonymously tell "the new york times." on capitol hill, the president is facing growing opposition to the costly war from democrats. >> now that bin laden is dead
and lk slk scattered around the globe, does it really make sense to keep using over 100,000 u.s. troops to occupy afghanistan and prop up a corrupt government? i don't think so. >> reporter: and a majority of americans want some or all u.s. troops to come home. last month, a cnn opinion research corporation poll found only 42% of those surveyed favored the war. 52% opposed it. today president obama had his monthly meeting with his national security team to discuss afghanistan and pakistan, but white house press secretary jay kearney says the troop numbers were not discussed. we do know that beefing up afghan security forces was discussed which is obviously linked to the withdrawal of u.s. troops, but nothing on troop numbers. >> eventually the president will address the nation on this. we'll be anxious to hear what he says. check out our "situation
room" blog. it has more on afghanistan including my latest blog posts, cnn.com/situationroom, if you want to go to there. anthony weiner's confession was only part of the surreal event. details of whales wt else was g on. weiner himself says he may need therapy. [ female announcer ] wake up to sweetness with honey nut cheerios cereal. kissed with real honey. and the 100% natural whole grain oats can help lower your cholesterol. you are so sweet to me. bee happy. bee healthy. you are so sweet to me. somewhere in america, a city comes to life. it moves effortlessly, breathes easily. it flows with clean water. it makes its skyline greener and its population healthier. all to become the kind of city people want to live and work in. somewhere in america, we've already answered some of the nation's toughest questions. and the over sixty thousand people of siemens
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lied about that notorious lewd twitter picture confessing that it does depict him and he's the one that sent to it that young college student in seattle, washington. there are more startling realizations at a surreal press conference over two yehours ago. mary snow was there watching it unfold. take us inside that room, mary. what was it like in new york, i should say. >> i never really witnessed anything quite like this, wolf. we had less than two hours in advance notice of this press conference. throughout the day there had been photographs posted on biggovernment.com, the conservative website by andrew breitbart. he did show up. it was really a circus-like atmosphere at the time. but then congressman anthony weiner took to the podium about 25 minutes late for this press conference. and you know, at several times along the way, he almost started crying, whenever he started mentioning his wife. he got very emotional.
take a listen. >> my wife is a -- my wife is a remarkable woman. she's not responsibility for any of this. this was visited upon her. she's getting back to work. and i apologize to her very deeply. >> and he stood there for about 30 minutes fielding various questions coming from the press, but what really was surreal, before it started andrew breitbart, who is the conservative blogger who had been posting photos of anthony wooener in his website, he showed up about 15 minutes before this press conference was going to start. reporters started talking to him. at one point he actually got up on the podium and started asking questions. he left, then when anthony weiner started talking he came back again. one reporter was going to ask
are you going to apologize to andrew breitbart. at one point congressman weiner did. what breitbart was saying was he wanted vindication because wade boggs had been accusing him of hacking anthony weiner's twitter account and he didn't do it. that's why he wanted to get some vindication. >> because only days ago weiner had insisted his account had been hacked someone else had sent this picture. he didn't know who the picture was, he couldn't say it was him or somebody else. but he flatly said he did not tweet that picture to that young college student in washington state. now we know not only did he do that but he was engaged in other inappropriate tweeting and e-mailing and facebook with other young women. >> and we all remember your interview with him last week, a lengthy interview where he said repeatedly over and over again that he did not do this. and there was a lot of disbelief in his answers. then for him to come out today and say it was all a lie and there were six women over a
three-year period that he had been communicating with, either on facebook, twitter, also by phone over these past three years. really very emotional, dramatic news conference. the only reason really he stopped answering questions was someone stood up at one point and kind of a prankster, wasn't a reporter. started embarrassing him. and he called it off. he had been standing there fielding all kinds of questions, whether he'd been drinking, whether he was on drugs. he said he was not. but he was clearly prepared to stand there and answer a number of questions. >> yeah, i'm sure one of the more bizarre news conferences you've covered in your career. all of us were watching on tv at the time. let's get more with psychiatrist lisa van susteren. he's a smart, successful congressman married to a lovely young woman. why would he do this? >> wolf, i can't speak specifically about him, but we certainly have lots of other
people who we know recently fall into this category. if you were to ask them why they would do something like this, they would just look at you blankly. they don't know. but we see there's a huge gap when we talk to people like this between their public persona, how the people around them perceive them, and how they feel about themselves inside. to the point where their inner life and their outer life have such a gap that it's almost become a secret walled-off place and they allow themselves to do things they would never do in public in what they believe is private. >> he says that he thinks he'll need some therapy. probably from your perspective as a psychiatrist, that's an understatement. what ask he need to do right now, to, a, fix his own life but repair his marriage with his wife? they've been married less than a year. >> what a professional would do in a case like this is sit down and begin to break down the
walls that he has between his outer self and what he projects to people and what is really going on in his sort of secret parallel life and why those were on separate tracks, why were all the values that he espouses publicly, what he believes in publicly, why are those values so different with what he did privately. and what the therapist will try to do in cases like this is break down those barriers so that that secret life now is something that becomes a very important part of his personal interactions with the people who are close to him and with whom he wants to build up trust. but it's going to take some time. >> in this new age of social networking, how powerful is this instinct to get engaged in sexting, if you will, send provocative messages or photographs on these social
network sites. >> it's extremely powerful factor because people like this, number one, have very poor impulse control. their judgment is poor. they have a distorted view of themselves and they believe this can be done anonymously. just like road rage. no one knows i'm doing it. what they present to the public is their personality but character is something we do in private. and that is something that, with social media, we recommend don't have to put in to place the way we do in other instances when we know who we're talking to. >> it's one thing to engage in this kind of sexting, if you will, but then to flatly go out on television and repeatedly lie, blatantly lie. you know you're telling a flat-out lie. he says he did it because he was embarrassed and he thought he could overcome this problem. but dig deeper. >> he thought he could get away
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correspondent dana bash. she's quoting two democratic sources as saying that anthony weiner, the democratic congressman from new york, made it abundantly clear to the minority leader nancy pelosi in their phone conversation that he was not going to resign. these sources do say that's why she called for an ethics investigation, by the house et ibs committee. this is a big deal. democrats say it's rarely done. but there will be a full scale house ethics investigation of weiner right now. one of the sources says the two questions weiner left unanswered in his news conference are, one, whether or not there might be violations involving whether he used any government resources like computers or phones or anything along those lines. and second, whether any of the women he was involved with over these social networking sites were under age. both of those questions presumably will be investigated by the house ethics committee. we'll stay on top of this story for you. other news we're following including sarah palin. she certainly managed to rally
both her fans and foes at her latest attempt at a history lesson. jim acosta is following this story for us. >> reporter: for sarah palin's critics and defenders, she's the gift that keeps on giving. take her comments on paul revere which are traveling faster than the shot heard around the world. it was during her bus tour paying tribute to american history when sarah palin appeared to misfire on one of this country's most revered patriots. >> he who warned the british that they weren't going to be taking away our arms by ringing those bells. >> reporter: palin seemed to miss the significance of paul revere's midnight ride to warn them that the british were coming. >> she should not be on vacation. she should be in summer school. >> you know what? i didn't mess up about paul revere. >> over the weekend, palin doubled down on her comments
saying that revere did warn america about the militias after he was captured, then she blamed the whole misunderstanding on the media. >> in a shout out gotcha type of question that was asked of me, i answered immediately. >> and what was that gotcha question? still palin's loyal supporters from rallied to her side with the conservatives for palin website insisting she taught the media a history lesson. and her fans are far from finished. later this month a conservative filmmaker plans to release "the undefeated" a staunchly pro-palin meeting aimed at refbing up her tea party base. >> i just saw a rough cut of it. >> reporter: paling said she hope the film will set her record straight. >> is the movie your idea? >> no, i'm not that clever to have thought of that. >> reporter: but a former campaign adviser says that's
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anthony weiner has just issued a statement welcoming the house investigation, the house ethics committee investigation. i welcome and will fully cooperate with an investigation by the house ethics committee. he adds i am deeply sorry to my family, staff and constituents. a man who witnessed then reported a police shooting in miami beach went to extraordinary lengths to save the video. brian todd has been looking into this for us. what happened here? >> reporter: wolf, video of this incident was taken from two different angles. the man who shot one of those videos says the police tried to intimidate him into giving it up. you're about to witness what appears to be a chaotic shooting scene in south miami beach. at just before 4:00 a.m. on memorial day, a car driven by a suspect comes to an abrupt stop on collins avenue. this video posted on youtube
shows police surrounding the car, then firing. police kill the suspect, raymond horice. police say he had used his vehicle as a weapon that morning, that he struck and injured an officer with his car. but an eyewitness says police used intimidation to cover up their actions. >> oh, my god. he got to be dead now. >> reporter: then watch how police approach that eyewitness. one appears to have a gun drawn. >> we have that eye witness and his girlfriend who was with him at the time. cnn has purchased the film. can you tell us what the miami beach police said and did to you when they first approached you? >> it was like you get the f away from here. get away, get back to your car. that's what i did. i walked back to the car with my hands up. i turned around, the officer had a gun to the head. >> benoit says the police got
him out of the car at gunpoint, handcuffed him, grabbed his cell phone, threw it on the ground, stomped on it, then placed it in his back pocket. they later uncuffed him, took him in for questioning and took his phone again demanding the video. he told them the phone was broken. how were you able to hide the video and preserve it? >> the video was saved to my sim card. i put it in my mouth. >> they just wanted the videos. that's all they were concerned about. >> contacted by cnn about the alleged incident, miami police officials said the department will not comment on anything that could be the possible of litigation. >> they wanted the videos. that's all they were concerned about. >> contacted by cnn about the incident, a miami beach official said the department will not comment on anything that could be the possible subject of civil litigation or an internal police investigation. but the police official also said at the time this video was shot, this was an active crime scene and the police were
looking for additional suspects. miami beach police chief carlos noriega said this about the shooting incident. >> the officer responded to what i consider to be situations involving deadly force. >> erica dav is says this as she looks back on the incident. >> my mother is even an officer, you know. and i'm used to dealing with police. i've never had a view like that of an officer in my life. i mean, i'm shaking just thinking about it. >> narces benoit and ericka davis told us that -- he's not considering any complaints about thap about when i asked if they're considering legal action, benoit and davis say they're considering their options. >> jack cafferty is up next. [ male announcer ] to the seekers of things which are one of a kind.
drive monetary assets of the rich offshore. increasing the tax rates for everybody and removing the deductions would help get america back on its feet, but reducing spending is more personality. redistributing the wealth? to answer your question, i support raising taxes on the rich and undoing the past 30 years of the republican assault on america. hj in st. paul, of course it should. no one is saying we should redistribute at all. just enough to recover common sense they will still be wealthy. it's not feasible to have the economy grow when you lower the value of the average person. 2/3 goes towards defense spending reword the question. i bet the answers would be different when you ask should we increase the taxes to pay for the war in afghanistan. ray in georgia. how do most people get rich? by working hard and applying themselves. seems like a good formula to me.
so-called rich people provide jobs for those who want to work and better themselves. in a sense it is being redistributed. i disagree with the government handing the money out in benefits that are not earned. curtis in philadelphia said yes. sorry if that's too wordy. carol in massachusetts it is wiener's picture seems to be more important than the economy, but the tax code needs to be revamped and simplified so revenues can be maximized. cliff in new york writes american wealth has been redistributed. it's resulted in the desmation of the middle class. before you pose the question, you should have asked yourself, how many successful one-way blue collar families we know. >> there aren't many around anymore. always a pleasure to have a wolf man in the picture. >> good to see you, chuck. thank you. a different take on congress
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must have felt like to anthony wiener who took a last strength and the waterworkses that mattered came out of his eyes and his sniffling nose. >> one thing i particularly regret. i -- >> sory to the media for all the stonewalling he did. >> i appreciate you flashing that at me, but pictures like this flashed out from the website big government that wiener's goose was cooked. pictures exchanged consensually with women he met through facebook. >> i don't know what i was thinking. this was a destructive thing to do. >> some of the pictures were flafl, flashinging a sign saying me with his wedding ring fully visible or posing with two cats with the caption full of double
meaning according to the big government website. when he bared his torso, it was with what appeared to include family photos behind him. the owner of big government.com said he didn't publish the worst photo. >> of an x-rated nature. >> the person he apologized to the most was his wife. >> i love my wife very much and we have no intention of splitting up over this. >> how things have changed since he referred to his wife at the congressional correspondent's dinner over two months ago. >> she is lovely and elegant and brilliant and widely respected throughout the town. obviously opposites attract. >> back then he cracked. >> i do the wiener jokes around here. >> now each a sausage restaurant in brooklyn called der com sar is advertising a special. >> the anthony wiener. >>w