WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the Republican majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, called on Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) to "come clean" about a controversy over a lewd photo.
Cantor made his comments in a television interview on Thursday, as Weiner endured a fourth day on the receiving end of questions about a photo of a man in his underwear that was sent from his Twitter account. The photo was sent to a 21-year-old female college student who is a Twitter follower of Weiner’s.
Weiner says that he did not send the photo and that his system had been hacked. However, he has said that he "cannot say with certitude" that the photo isn’t of him. He says he asked a law firm specializing in hacking to investigate, but will not refer the matter to law enforcement, explaining that it would be a waste of taxpayer money for what he calls a prank.
The recipient says she never received the photo and does not have any relationship with Weiner.
Cantor, the most senior Jewish lawmaker in congressional history, told the Fox News Channel that his "advice would be to come clean and clear it up, I know there’s been a lot of explaining going on without a lot of clarity."