Anthony Weiner is finally coming clean about his double life as a serial sexter – admitting that he has had online affairs with 'hundreds of women' since 2009 and knowingly engaged in at least two explicit video chats with an underage girl.He also says he should avoid jail time because he became a 'national pariah' after the FBI investigation into his sexting prompted the bureau to reopen its investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server just days before the presidential election.Simply put, no one wants to be Anthony Weiner, — he is a national pariah,' said the memo.'Since his communications with [the underage girl] have become public, Anthony has been the subject of widespread public flogging and even a death threat in the popular media.Anthony's former colleagues in government have publicly shunned him, and he is the routine target of late night barbs.''[T]his from a man many once lauded as a bright light of Congress, a possible Mayor of New York, and maybe more, before his all-consuming sexting habit destroyed each possibility, most devastatingly in this final criminal iteration of it.'Despite the fallout from the scandal, Weiner's attorneys added that the Daily story finally gave him the push he needed to take his therapy seriously.'The Daily Mail exposé of Anthony's online communications with JD jolted Anthony in away other scandals had not, and led him for the first time to grapple with the depths of his sickness and to find the strength to treat it,' said the memo.He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, but prosecutors have requested between 21 and 27 months.Abedin, who filed for divorce last May, is now asking the court to go easy on Weiner in order to reduce the impact on their five-year-old son, Joshua.In the 68-page memo, Weiner's legal team admits that in early 2016 the former congressman was exchanging thousands of messages a month with 'dozens' of women he met online, including at least 1,500 messages with one middle-aged woman over the course of just two months.
I am devastated by Anthony's actions, and I understand he must face their consequences,' she wrote.'However, as a mother, I have always done and will do anything I think will help [our son] be as safe, happy, healthy, and complete as possible.'Weiner carried on a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old high school sophomore that started in January 2016 and lasted for several months, Daily first reported last September.
'These punitive consequences are directly attributable to what the Department of Justice has conceded, at least in part, are improper disclosures relating to this investigation.'The memo also blames Comey personally for Weiner's anguish.