It noted that the FBI director claimed under oath to congress last spring that Weiner's wife, close Clinton aide Huma Abedin, had forwarded 'hundreds of thousands of emails, some of which contain classified information' to Weiner.
Weiner's attorneys said this was an exaggeration because Abedin had actually forwarded a 'smaller number' of emails to Weiner with only two that contained classified information.'While the FBI quietly corrected this testimony days the damage had already been done, prompting calls to investigate Anthony and his wife that continue to this day,' said the memo.
Weiner's attorneys counter that he should be sentenced to probation instead.
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.
'Anthony might once have been a punch line, but he is now — to many in this country — something far worse, as a result of Secretary Clinton's loss.''While Anthony is responsible for many shameful things in his life, neither he nor his wife should have been asked to bear such blame, for a matter entirely unrelated to this case and the conduct precipitating it.'Weiner says he has been in a serious treatment program for sex addiction and is working hard to stop his destructive behavior.
The memo also quoted several of his therapists who said he appears to be working hard on treatment and does not seem likely to reoffend.
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.
His name was removed from court documents made public Thursday, and large portions were redacted. Cote.'I hope the Court will take [our son] into consideration as it weighs all it has to in considering Anthony's sentence,' she added.In the memo, Weiner says he should be sentenced to probation – not prison time – because he has already faced severe 'extrajudicial punishment' and national disgrace after his case damaged Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign last year.The former congressman blames leakers in the FBI – and former FBI Director Comey – for injecting his case into the election and causing Weiner and his family extreme duress.'By 2009, Anthony's national prominence had reached new heights...At the same time, smartphones and the proliferation of social media platforms had begun to transform users' connectivity and frequency of access to online communications.'Anthony - who prided himself on being accessible to his constituents - moved quickly to capitalize on these new technologies, developing a strong presence on Facebook and Twitter, and responding to and engaging with members of the public who reached out to him.'Anthony began to exchange texts and other messages with constituents and admirers alike.Some of the admirers were female, validating him not just as a politician, but as a man.