Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner told a judge that he “crushed the aspirations” of his wife, long-time Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, while asking to be spared of a prison sentence for sending lewd text messages to a 15-year-old girl.
In his letter to Judge Denise L. Cote, the former Democratic congressman for New York and mayoral hopeful expressed remorse for his actions and regret for the harm it inflicted on his now estranged wife. Abedin filed for divorce from Weiner in May.
“I am so deeply sorry for the harm I have done to her, and I live with the sorrow that I will never be able to fix that,” he wrote, according to the New York Times.
The FBI investigation into Weiner’s actions inadvertently caused the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server to be re-opened after investigators found potentially relevant material on Weiner’s computer in October.
“And the one perfect thing in my life — my son — will forever have to answer questions about the public and private failings of his father. My regret keeps me awake at night and fills me with fear from the moment I awaken,” Weiner wrote.
Abedin also wrote to Cote on behalf of Weiner. While she wrote that she has been “devastated” by his actions, she asked Cote to consider the severity of Weiner’s sentence on behalf of the couple’s young son.
“[A]s a mother, I have always done and will do anything I think will help [name redacted] be as safe, happy, healthy and complete as possible.”
In May, Weiner pleaded guilty to one count of transferring obscene material to a minor. The maximum prison sentence for the charge is 10 years. He is to be sentenced on Sept. 25.