The Root of the Election and FBI Crisis? Maybe Anthony Weiner.

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It appears as though one portion of the Hillary Clinton email scandal may be coming to a close.

A lot of news coverage this week has been dedicated to the FBI, James Comey, Russia and more. But if you want to fully understand our election, the Hillary Clinton scandal, and what’s transpiring in The White House right now you must first know about former congressman Anthony Weiner.

Weiner, has long been the fodder of late night jokes and teasing by many comics across the country. His first scandal related to his personal life and sending inappropriate images made him a household name.

But when the scandal broke in 2011, Weiner recovered relatively well, going on to run as the mayor of NYC in 2013. He then faced another scandal which seemed to end his political career altogether. Meanwhile, his wife Huma Abedin was working with the Clintons, as a long time aid to Hillary Clinton. His close ties through his wife to the Clintons was seen by many as a danger heading into the 2016 election cycle, and Mrs. Clinton did much to distance herself from him without removing aid Abedin.

In August and September of last year, Weiner’s name came up again when it was discovered that he had been “transferring obscene material to a minor.” At that time the FBI seized Mr. Weiners electronic devices and found emails exchanged with his wife, which lead to the reopening of the case into Hillary Clinton by James Comey and the FBI. The resulting fallout, many have argued, lead to Mrs. Clinton losing the election. While others claim that she is the one to blame for her loss.

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But this week, Weiner has agreed to plead guilty in his exchange with the underage girl with whom he is alleged to have sent inappropriate images to. The charges could carry a 10 year prison sentence if convicted.

If you look at many news outlets today, it may appear as though the impact Weiner had and his actions were relatively insignificant in relation to our election last November. Much attention is paid to the FBI, Russia, and James Comey. But without Anthony Weiner and his continued scandals there is a possibility that Washington D.C. could look quite a bit different today.

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