House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other top Democrats are "furious" with Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., and are stepping up the pressure for him to quit by calling for an ethics investigation, aides said Tuesday.
Weiner has refused to resign after admitting that he sent "inappropriate" messages and photographs of himself to a half-dozen women via social networking sites.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., called on Weiner to resign. But Pelosi stopped short of such a demand, instead firing off a written request to the ethics committee to "determine whether the Rules of the House of Representatives have been violated" by Weiner.
Weiner said he did not use government technology to send lewd photos and sexual messages to female Twitter followers, but at least one of his online paramours said she believes the two held phone trysts while he was in his congressional office. Many of Weiner's messages occurred during busy congressional sessions.
"The leadership is furious with how Weiner handled this," a senior Democratic aide said. "The letter by Pelosi today certainly adds pressure for him to go."