Boehner Won't Bite on Weiner
(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker John Boehner would not comment on Wednesday when asked about the controversy revolving around Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-N.Y.) claim that someone hacked into his Twitter account and sent a lewd photo to a 21-year-old woman in Seattle, Wash.
At a Capitol Hill news conference, Boehner dodged the issue twice. He initially interrupted a reporter's question about Weiner to say, “I think you’ll have to talk to Representative Weiner about that.”
Then, when a reporter asked him whether the House Ethics Committee should look into the matter, Boehner said: "I think you'll have to talk to Representative Weiner about his issue."
Despite his claim that someone used his Twitter account to send a lewd photo to a 21-year old woman, Weiner has declined to make a complaint with the FBI or the U.S. Capitol Police, and has told reporters, “We don’t know it’s a police matter.”
Weiner also has said that he “can’t say with certitude” that the photo of a man’s underwear-covered crotch is not of himself.
Neither the U.S. House of Representatives nor the Justice Department have taken any measures, and will not do so unless Weiner files a complaint to initiate an investigation.
Any type of false complaint would be a crime in and of itself, as former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia Joseph E. DiGenova told CNSNews.com.
The Justice Department has investigated the hackings of public officials in the past. In April of last year, the Knoxville district court convicted David Kernell, the son of a Democratic Tennessee legislator, with obstruction of justice and unauthorized access of a computer for posting Sarah Palin’s cell number online during the 2008 presidential campaign. Kernell had hacked Palin’s Yahoo e-mail account for the numbers.