New York City: Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., was released from a halfway house in the Bronx on Tuesday after serving 18 months of a 21-month federal prison sentence for sexting a 15-year-old girl.
Weiner, who was transferred to the halfway house from a federal prison in Massachusetts in February, was released three months earlier than the initially scheduled due to good behavior.
“It’s good to be out,” Weiner said, according to media reports. “I hope to be able to live a life of integrity and service. I’m glad this chapter of my life is behind me.”
Weiner was once seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party but resigned from Congress in 2011 after admitting he exchanged explicit messages and photos with several women he met online while married to top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
As part of a subsequent investigation that eventually landed Weiner in jail, the FBI discovered emails on his laptop that were potentially relevant to the probe of Clinton’s handling of classified information while she was Secretary of State.
The discovery of the emails led then-FBI Director James Comey to briefly reopen the Clinton investigation, which some have blamed for her loss to President Donald Trump.