There are basic questions at the heart of Weinergate that Anthony Weiner himself refuses to answer. Fortunately, Weiner’s Democratic colleague Steny Hoyer has done some fact finding and is here to report the results of his investigation:
House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Tuesday expressed support for Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), who said his Twitter account was hacked over the weekend when a lewd photograph showed up on the feed.
“Somebody hacked into his Twitter account and projected material — which can happen, I guess, to anybody — which was not generated by Mr. Weiner,” the second-ranking House Democrat told reporters Tuesday at his weekly roundtable.
Hoyer called the incident “unfortunate” and said that he had not spoken with Weiner but that he believes the lawmaker, who has retained an attorney, is “pursuing the proper authorities” to determine who may have hacked his account.
“I just heard about it just a few minutes ago, but my understanding is that that’s illegal activity, and the proper authorities are pursuing it,” Hoyer said.
Hey, if it can happen to Anthony Weiner, it can happen to anybody. So it’s good that once that “material” was “projected” from Weiner’s Twitter account, Weiner has “pursu[ed] [it] with the proper authorities.” Who, in this case, is apparently the lawyer Weiner has hired to advise him.
Hoyer wasn’t the only prominent Democrat to weigh in on Weinergate yesterday. Senator Chuck Schumer also defended Weiner’s account of the incident, sort of. “I don’t know the details. But I know him to be a person of integrity, and I am virtually certain he had nothing to do with this,” Schumer said, according to the New York Daily News.
You have to admire Schumer’s finely honed survival instincts. When it comes to Weinergate, he’s leaving himself a little wiggle room.