Huma Abedin absent at husband Anthony Weiner's resignation announcement

Anthony Weiner speaks to the media during a news conference in New York, Thursday, June 16, 2011. Weiner resigned from Congress, saying he cannot continue in office amid the intense controversy surrounding sexually explicit messages he sent online to several women. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Anthony Weiner speaks to the media during a news conference. Weiner resigned from Congress, saying he cannot continue in office amid the intense controversy surrounding sexually explicit messages he sent online to several women.
AP Photo/Seth Wenig

After much speculation, Huma Abedin did not appear at husband Anthony Weiner's side as he resigned from Congress on Thursday afternoon.

The outgoing N.Y. Democrat resigned nearly three weeks after the revelation that he had been sending a number of women lewd pictures of himself on the Internet.

Weiner apologized to Abedin during his resignation speech, and expressed the hope that "my wife and I can continue to heal from the damage I have caused."

Abedin, who was seen entering the couple's home in Queens before the press conference, married Weiner last year in a ceremony officiated by Former President Bill Clinton. According to reports, the couple is expecting their first child.

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The scandal had become a distraction for House Democrats, who had raised pressure on Weiner to resign in recent days after he admitted June 6 to exchanging lewd photos and messages with women he met online. Abedin, who is to known to avoid the spotlight, also was not present during Weiner's press conference last week.

Weiner late Wednesday told House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of his plan to step down Thursday, two Democratic aides told CBS News. Pelosi had called for his resignation Saturday and President Obama weighed in late Monday, saying if it were him, he would resign. House Speaker John Boehner called for his resignation Tuesday.

Many speculated that Weiner held off on making a decision until Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, returned from an overseas trip.

  • CBS News Staff

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