LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin apartment photos, pictures Weiner released of his Forest Hills, Queens condo when he put it up for sale recently, were discovered Thursday. Those photos inside Weiner’s home, which appear to depict even Huma Abedin herself, could aid Weiner’s assertion that he do not committed a violation of any House ethics rules. Anthony Weiner on Monday told news that he committed no wrongdoing in sending pictures to six women, three since his marriage to Huma Abedin. One woman claimed that Weiner called her with a Congressional office phone number. But since that news conference, Congressional leaders have debated whether Anthony Weiner took his pictures inside Congressional office or in his residence. These newly released images of the Forest Hills condo appear to suggest that Weiner did not take the pictures inside government offices.
Weiner and Huma Abedin had listed their Forest Hills, two bedroom condo, in recent weeks, for sale. For that real estate listing, images of the condo were provided. The pictures clearly were not taken by a professional. In one picture, a woman appearing to be Huma Abedin is walking into the room; in another Weiner’s cat is depicted. Local news is reporting that the condo may have been listed as recently as last month with Madeleine Realty but then removed once the scandal erupted.
But now those real estate listing photos appear to suggest the Weiner’s Twitter pics may have been taken in his residence. A file cabinet appearing in one listing picture appears also in the Twitter “chest” picture. A couch appearing in another listing picture appears also in the Twitter “cats” picture. And a cat depicted in yet another listing picture appears also in his Twitter “cats” picture.
While the pictures now subjected to the House ethics probe might have been taken in Weiner’s residence, where they were transmitted (from home or from office computers) remains in question. For legal analysts, however, the bigger question might be whether an alleged violation of the House Code of Conduct even amounts to an ethics violation.
After Weiner made his admission, Minority Speaker Pelosi requested an ethics investigation. “I am calling for an Ethics Committee investigation to determine whether any official resources were used or any other violation of House rules occurred.” But Pelosi has yet to indicate if the use of “official resources” will be the only subject of the probe.
Other leaders are focusing on the Congressional code of conduct. It requires members “at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.” Ethics analysts, however, assert that the House has rarely, if ever, taken a stand on a member using offices allegedly for personally use. Weiner says he did nothing wrong under the Constitution and will not resign.
Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin