Report: Police talking to 17-year-old girl about online chats with Weiner; Update: Chats weren’t indecent, says Weiner spokesman

posted at 6:37 pm on June 10, 2011 by Allahpundit

Lee Stranahan wondered a few hours ago why the press refuses to touch this angle of the story, despite the fact that Weiner himself pointedly refuse to rule out the possibility that he — inadvertently — chatted with women who are underage. As many of you probably know, Patterico’s written not one but two alarming posts collecting circumstantial evidence that Weiner chatted privately with a 17-year-old girl online and that those chats might have involved more than just a congressman encouraging a young fan to join Model UN or whatever. I admit, although I mentioned his latest parenthetically in this afternoon’s Matthews item, I refrained from highlighting either post in Headlines or on the Blog. Patterico makes a careful, compelling case, but the charge is so radioactive that I didn’t want to showcase it without (a) an accusation from the girl herself or (b) a decision by the police to investigate. Even Ace, who’s been railing at the media over Weinergate for two weeks, admitted in his own post about Patterico’s charges this morning that he understands why reporters might not want to touch the story just yet.

Well, the police are now investigating. No more excuses.

Two officers from the New Castle County Police Department arrived at the girl’s home around 4:30 p.m. and asked to speak with the girl’s mother about the daughter’s contact with Weiner. Another officer appeared at the home a short time later. A FoxNews.com reporter was at the home when the police arrived.

The girl, whose name is being withheld because she is a minor, told FoxNews.com, “I’m doing OK.”

The police left the home after about 30 minutes, followed by the daughter and mother, who left in a separate car. It was not clear if the mother and daughter were going to continue the conversation with police at another location.

I’m giving Weiner the benefit of the doubt for the time being, not because I think he deserves it — every last word out of his mouth for the past two weeks suggests that he doesn’t — but because he’ll never scrub this stain off himself if it’s true. Is there any reason to think a guy who figured he could get away with e-mailing photos of his dangling wand to women he didn’t know would have the scruples to draw a bright-line boundary when it comes to underaged girls? Not really. Is there any compelling reason for a busy, middle-aged congressman to be initiating private chats with a teenager who’d allegedly been cooing about how amazing he is? (See the clip below via Fox News Insider; the girl apparently claims that Weiner contacted her, not vice versa.) Could be he was that nice a guy and wanted to encourage her to engage in public service, etc, but that would be a lot easier to swallow if we didn’t know what we now know after two weeks. Given his endless hallucinatory lying, it’s hard to extend the presumption of innocence, but let’s try until the cops have something to say. In the meantime, read Patterico’s posts, parts one and two. One lingering question: Were the cops reading Patterico too or did some other, better positioned source tip them off about this? And another lingering question: If the worst is confirmed, did Weiner know that she was 17?

Update: Weiner assures his spokesman that all of his interactions with the girl were above board. You trust him, don’t you?

Weiner’s spokesman, Risa Heller, emails: “According to Congressman Weiner, his communications with this person were neither explicit nor indecent.”

Update: A friend e-mails to note the unusual formulation of the statement from Weiner’s office. Maybe it’s nothing, or maybe it’s something. Do press agents usually say “According to the congressman”? They usually just assert or deny things on their boss’s behalf, no? Heller’s statement smacks of, “This is what he told me but I’m not sure if I believe him anymore either.”

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blink on June 11, 2011 at 1:52 PM

It’s CRYSTAL CLEAR your life is intended either to serve as a warning to the rest of us, or to cheer us up however difficult our lives may sometimes be.

I acknowledge your ignorance.

pedophile apologist

Roy Rogers on June 11, 2011 at 1:58 PM

blink on June 11, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Hot Air’s pedophile apologist

Roy Rogers on June 11, 2011 at 2:14 PM

I don’t have it backwards. It would be nice if morality really did establish laws, but it doesn’t – social stigmas do. And social stigmas also originate from the law.

Why should I establish a social stigma on a chronological age that was considered perfectly moral in Shakespearean times?

What chronological age would you establish? Would you simply use age of consent laws as your guide of morality? That would seem strange to me. Why should something be immoral in one state, but perfectly acceptable in another state?

blink on June 11, 2011 at 4:29 AM

pedophile apologist

Roy Rogers on June 11, 2011 at 2:20 PM

No, I don’t. My view of the world is accurate and fully encompasses all of the historical basis that you wasted your time providing.

[blink on June 11, 2011 at 1:50 PM]

Yes, it is, and not only that, especially if, as you say,

“Are you suggesting that morality (what is right and wrong – not what is considered right and wrong) ebbs and flows?”

only to say shortly therafter,

“Obviously, over time certain actions will have different impacts. So while the morality of the specific actions might ebb and flow over time, the impact certainly should not.”

It’s fruitless to argue with one whose position and definitions change from one paragraph to the next.

Dusty on June 11, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Hot Air’s town fool.

blink on June 11, 2011 at 2:09 PM

No sir. You’ve held that title as long as I’ve been a member of this board.

I’m really not sure why people still engage you.

If you were a quarter as smart as you apparently think you are, the good people here would welcome your opinions.

Unfortunately, your just a self-important troll that get’s his jollies hijacking threads with contrarian nonesense.

It’s really getting old and tired amigo….time to change handels again.

Tim_CA on June 11, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Only and idiot would consider my comments to be apologizing for Weiner.

blink on June 11, 2011 at 3:24 PM

a compulsive pedophile apologist at that

Roy Rogers on June 11, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Rep. Weiner Requests Leave of Absence Following Sexting Scandal

Weiner and blink both need a time out.

Roy Rogers on June 11, 2011 at 3:29 PM

SanFranNan now saying “Weiner must go”

ROTFLMAO…she’s now covered every possible position…”Stay” “Go”.

Either way…she wins.

Tim_CA on June 11, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Roy Rogers, you probably shouldn’t read my comments if you get this upset because you don’t understand them.

blink on June 11, 2011 at 3:31 PM

out-of-touch, compulsive, pedophile apologist

Roy Rogers on June 11, 2011 at 3:32 PM

I’m really not sure why people still engage you.

If you were a quarter as smart as you apparently think you are, the good people here would welcome your opinions.

Unfortunately, your just a self-important troll that get’s his jollies hijacking threads with contrarian nonesense.

It’s really getting old and tired amigo….time to change handels again.

Tim_CA on June 11, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Ha ha ha. Tough man is here. Tough man claimed he would meet me whenever and wherever I wanted. When I named the time and place, he disappeared.

Tough man is also an idiot that doesn’t understand anything other than the most simplistic comments.

blink on June 11, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Hence my point.

Tim_CA on June 11, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Tim_CA on June 11, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Weiner wants a “time out” to twitter up some support.

Roy Rogers on June 11, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Hey blink! You may be digging your own hole faster than Weiner is digging his!

Look at how special you are!!!

Roy Rogers on June 11, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Roy Rogers on June 11, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Wasserman-Shultz now too!!!

It’s Gotta be KILLING that nut job!

Tim_CA on June 11, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Roy Rogers, are you projecting? Is this you?

blink on June 11, 2011 at 3:35 PM

A projecting, out-of-touch, compulsive, pedophile apologist

Special K!

Roy Rogers on June 11, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Now I’m really freakin’….it made the Front page of MSNBC site….I’m gonna owe someone a cyber-beer…I think he’s toast!

Tim_CA on June 11, 2011 at 3:40 PM

The Master Baiter Troll:

These are trolls who like to bait regulars into replying to their posts, but they are supremely uninterested in actually participating in the community. They seek instant gratification by posting nonsensical, irrelevant, or inflammatory messages and watching the resultant hoopla that ensues.

Weiner and blink apparently share certain similar hobbies

Roy Rogers on June 11, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Now I’m really freakin’….it made the Front page of MSNBC site….I’m gonna owe someone a cyber-beer…I think he’s toast!

Tim_CA on June 11, 2011 at 3:40 PM

I believe the warrants for Weiner’s arrest must be out there, waiting on a signature or service.

What would possibly explain the change in stance from Dem leadership?

Roy Rogers on June 11, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Roy Rogers on June 11, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Somethings sure up…gonna be a tough weekend for the weiner…He’ll HAVE to say something Monday.

Tim_CA on June 11, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Ha ha ha. By your own definition you’ve been trolling me throughout this thread with some type of weird obsession.

blink on June 11, 2011 at 3:43 PM

A doesn’t even know he is a troll, projecting, out-of-touch, compulsive, pedophile apologist

Roy Rogers on June 11, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Somethings sure up…gonna be a tough weekend for the weiner…He’ll HAVE to say something Monday.

Tim_CA on June 11, 2011 at 3:46 PM

You really think he’ll last??? Seems like today is THE day.

Roy Rogers on June 11, 2011 at 3:48 PM

You really think he’ll last??? Seems like today is THE day.

Roy Rogers on June 11, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Honestly Roy…whoda thought he’d take it this far?

I think he’ll struggle with it til Monday just out of sheer arrogance and desperation.

(Two days ago I was saying he’d never leave).

Tim_CA on June 11, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Honestly Roy…whoda thought he’d take it this far?

I think he’ll struggle with it til Monday just out of sheer arrogance and desperation.

(Two days ago I was saying he’d never leave).

Tim_CA on June 11, 2011 at 3:51 PM

He won’t be at work Monday!

Check it out:

“Congressman Weiner departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person,” Weiner spokeswoman Risa Heller said in a statement. “In light of that, he will request a short leave of absence from the House of Representatives so that he can get evaluated and map out a course of treatment to make himself well.

“Congressman Weiner takes the views of his colleagues very seriously and had determined that he needs this time to get healthy and make the best decision possible for himself, his family and his constituents,” Heller said.

Roy Rogers on June 11, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Roy Rogers on June 11, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Wow.

I’ll NEVER understand Lib’s

Swear to God.

Tim_CA on June 11, 2011 at 3:55 PM

blink on June 11, 2011 at 3:55 PM

A PMITA, doesn’t even know he is a troll, projecting, out-of-touch, compulsive, pedophile apologist.

h/t ted c

Roy Rogers on June 11, 2011 at 3:56 PM

blink on June 11, 2011 at 3:58 PM

An impulse control disordered, PMITA, doesn’t even know he is a troll, projecting, out-of-touch, compulsive, pedophile apologist.

Look at how important you are blink! You special k you!

Roy Rogers on June 11, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Again? Are you trying to get yourself banned?

blink on June 11, 2011 at 4:03 PM

troll

Roy Rogers on June 11, 2011 at 4:04 PM

It’s fruitless to argue with one whose position and definitions change from one paragraph to the next.

Dusty on June 11, 2011 at 2:30 PM

I should have read this a couple times.

Still, blink remains a pedophile apologist

Roy Rogers on June 11, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Whether or not this pig broke any laws is immaterial, he’s still a disgusting, perverted pile of goat dung and epitomizes the malignant moral rot that is the Democrat Party. He can spend the rest of his natural life in some phony rehab center but it will not wash away the putrid scum that covers him.

rplat on June 11, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Wiener, you know what to do

take your time and drink that bottle of bourbon, enjoy it’s anesthetic properties

go yo the basement and finish the job

your wife is history, your child is a future jihadist

stop the pain anthony

keep your dignity

Sonosam on June 11, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Wiener was just trying to better understand the story of allah

how diverse of him

Sonosam on June 11, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Wondering just how PO’d Hillary is…

Amazing that Weiner still has not resigned. If the DC establishment is this weak, how difficult would it be for Sarah to go through them like a branding iron through calf hide?

Roy Rogers on June 11, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Note to blink: It’s called “House Ethics Committee”, not “House Morals Committee.”

God only knows what “point” you were trying to make by trying to marginalize Weiner’s offense.

Roy Rogers on June 11, 2011 at 7:56 PM

You are a deceitful troll and you aren’t worth asking.

Roy Rogers on June 11, 2011 at 11:37 PM

Not everyone, just most see your troll behavior. But don’t take my word for it. Go back through this thread and read it for yourself.

Roy Rogers on June 13, 2011 at 7:11 AM

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