Some days you just can't even. Disgraced former New York congressman Anthony Weiner is reportedly at it again, and his latest scandal is hitting new lows with every passing day. Weiner was recently outed for allegedly participating in an illicit sexting relationship with a 15-year-old girl. And while you're still gasping at the horror of that tidbit, the latest update in the alleged incident is that Weiner's cell phone records have now been subpoenaed by the U.S. Attorney's office in relation to texts he allegedly sent to the high school sophomore.
According to The New York Daily News, the Manhattan District Attorney's office issued a subpoena for 52-year-old Weiner's phone records on Thursday. A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose said in an email that their office would be “reviewing all materials relevant to the matter.” Weiner reportedly began an online relationship with the unnamed 15-year-old girl in January. Weiner had allegedly sent racy and inappropriate texts, asking the girl to touch herself while saying his name, dress in "schoolgirl" outfits (which, since she is a schoolgirl, might just be regular clothes, I guess), and even allegedly asked her to participate in rape fantasies. Weiner acknowledged that he had exchanged "flirtatious" texts with the minor to The Daily Mail and shared this statement with the new outlet:
I have repeatedly demonstrated terrible judgement about the people I have communicated with online and the things I have sent. I am filled with regret and heartbroken for those I have hurt.
Weiner's phone "and other records" will be reviewed by Federal investigators as well as New York police authorities to determine whether or not the wildly disturbing texts he shared with the minor are criminal in nature. An NYPD spokesperson told The New York Daily News that “detectives are looking into the incident,” but did not clarify whether or not the subpoena had already been issued.
This is simply the latest in a head-scratching line of cyber scandals that have completely destroyed what was once a promising political career for Weiner, not to mention his personal life. Weiner's wife and top political Clinton aide Huma Abedin finally announced in August that her six year marriage to Weiner had ended. The two share a 4-year-old son, Jordan. Abedin has not commented about Weiner's latest sexting scandal; One can only hope that she is simply breathing the most epic sigh of relief to be out of that particular limelight.
Weiner utilized a special encryption app called Confide when texting the North Carolia teen, one that erases messages and images once they are seen. Unfortunately for Weiner, the young girl (who refused to press charges because she believed their relationship was consensual) took screen shots of the messages "T-Dog" sent her; T-Dog is apparently Weiner's new nickname. (I suppose he's gotten bored with his old nickname, "Carlos Danger.")
The details of the subpoena brought forth by federal and local authorities have yet to be released, although it is probably safe to assume that Weiner's service providers (including the encryption app Confide and another app Weiner used, Kik) could possibly be subpoenaed for their records. While it could be difficult for Confide to share its messages, the texting app Kik has it written into its policy that officials will turn over information to authorities “when [it] believe[s] that disclosure is required or permitted by law, including when responding to subpoenas, warrants, production orders, or similar instruments.”
And so ends another sad, bewildering day in the life of former New York congressman Anthony Weiner. Hopefully things only get better from here on out.