House Speaker John Boehner says Anthony Weiner should resign

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner
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UPDATED 10:55 a.m. ET

House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday called for Rep. Anthony Weiner to step down, ending weeks of silence on the N.Y. Democrat's bizarre behavior sending photos and racy text messages to women he met online.

Asked if he should resign, Boehner said "yes."

Boehner's comments came as the House Democratic caucus was holding a regularly scheduled meeting on issues of the day.

Democratic lawmakers discussed Weiner's situation, but there was no discussion of stripping him of his committee assignments in Congress or removing him from their caucus, one member who left the meeting early told CBS News' Jill Jackson.

Boehner had refrained from commenting on the matter while the chorus of calls for Weiner to step down have grown louder since last Wednesday, when the first House Democrat called for his resignation.

President Obama weighed in late Monday, telling NBC News that he would resign if it were him.

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