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Anthony Weiner: Democratic congressman 'to plead guilty' to sexting a minor

Anthony Weiner will appear in federal court later to plead guilty to charges in connection with his online communications with a 15-year-old girl, officials have said.

A law enforcement official said the former Democratic congressman had agreed to plead guilty to a charge of transferring obscene material to a minor.

Weiner's penchant for sexting strangers online ended his political career and led to an investigation that upended the presidential race,

The estranged husband of senior Hillary Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, is in federal custody ahead of the court hearing. The US attorney's office in Manhattan confirmed the court appearance but declined to release additional details about the charges against the Democrat.

The FBI began investigating Weiner in September after the North Carolina girl told the Daily Mail that she and the disgraced former politician had exchanged lewd messages for several months.

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She also accused him of asking her to undress on camera.

The investigation led FBI agents to seize his laptop computer, which led to the discovery of a new cache of emails that Hillary Clinton had sent to Huma Abedin.

In October, days before the election, then FBI director James Comey stunned the country by announcing that his agency was reopening its closed investigation into Mrs Clinton's handling of State Department business on a private email server so it could analyse the newly discovered correspondence.

The inquiry was brief, and Mr Comey announced shortly before the election that the new emails contained nothing to change his view that Mrs Clinton could not be charged, but she partly blamed her election loss to Republican Donald Trump on Mr Comey's announcement.

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