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Former Speaker, now House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, tells Rep. Weiner its' time to resign

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Former Speaker of the House,
now Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi,
 issued a statement calling
for Rep. Anthony Weiner's
resignation, in light of growing

If Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) was waiting the calls of the top leadership in the Democratic party to state he need to resign after sending lewd pictures on Facebook and Twitter along with conversations, he received it on Saturday, June 11th.  
The Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), along with Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Steve Israel (D-NY), ranking member of the U.S. House Budget Committee and former DCCC head Chris Van Hollen (D-MA) most strongly House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); told Weiner if he was to enter any rehabilitation for his behaviors, it needed to be done outside the confines of his elected office. 
Notably, as first former female Speaker of the House, Rep. Pelosi's statement on Saturday cut right to the heart of the manner. Pelosi cited, although Democratic House Leadership felt sympathy in general over the situation Weiner finds himself within, it's high time for him to step out of his elected office.  
“Congressman Weiner has the love of his family, the confidence of his constituents, and the recognition that he needs help," said Pelosi, whose word carries the most weight of the group. "I urge Congressman Weiner to seek that help without the pressures of being a Member of Congress.”
After the chorus calls by various members of the Democratic House Leadership for Weiner to resign occurred, news broke from his Congressional office though a spokesperson, that he was checking into a private center for treatment. Weiner, by the statement, requested 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." 
Weiner, via his office staff however, still defiant in-part over his public situation stop short of citing he was resigning.
"Congressman Weiner takes the views of his colleagues very seriously and has determined that he needs this time to get healthy and make the best decision possible for himself, his family and his constituents," the statement from his office continued.
Democratic House leadership appeared to reach their final straw over Weiner's actions, issuing a stronger statements for the Congressman to step-down, after two media reports on Wednesday and Thursday. 

On June 8th, Weiner's confirmed that an inappropriate picture sent from was official verified Twitter account, after it was leaked on a conservative radio talk show.
On June 9th, reports surfaced that police were investigating a series of direct online communications between Rep. Weiner and a 17-year-old minor girl. The exact nature of those conversations is unknown at this point but, the congressman's office insists that they were "neither explicit nor indecent", as discussed in detail on June 9th "Reach Out Job Search Podcast" on the Blog Talk Radio network. 

Regardless, Democrat House members were rightfully bothered by the newest revelations and quickly made decision afterwards, to have coordinated calls for Weiner's resignation.
"The pressure was building," said one top Democratic aide to the Huffington Post, "with the Sunday shows tomorrow and members coming back on Monday… the [17-year-old] story was the last straw."
The aide suggested that if Weiner refused to step down, in light of Democratic House Leadership statements on Saturday, Pelosi's next step could include removing him from his committees.

Fellow New York Representative Steve Israel (D), statement noted concern on the manner but, clearly warned Weiner, that he should take the rightful step to resign his seat immediately.
“Anthony’s inappropriate behavior has become an insurmountable distraction to the House and our work for the American people," said Israel in a statement. "With a heavy heart, I call on Anthony to resign. I pray for his family and hope that Anthony will take time to get the help he needs without the distractions and added pressures of Washington, DC.”
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