TODAY   |  April 10, 2013

Anthony Weiner: ‘I wanted to be liked and admired’

In a new interview with The New York Times, former congressman Anthony Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, are speaking out about the scandal that cost him his congressional seat and the damage it caused to their relationship. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk reports.

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>>> former congressman anthony weiner and his wife opening up about the scandal that led to his resignation. stephanie gosk is here with details.

>> good morning, guys. this is a long and very personal interview in the "new york times" magazine exploring every facet of that scandal. weiner and his wife revealing in their own words how it happened, why it happened, and the damage it caused. the photos show a happy couple with their 1-year-old son, while the interview digs into their painful recent history. huma abedin describes the moment her husband, anthony weiner , finally admitted he was lying. at the end of a weekend escape in the hamptons, just before the car ride home. anthony said, "i have something to tell you. i can't lie to you anymore. it's true. it's me. the picture is me. i sent it. yes, these stories about the other women are true." weiner told "new york times" magazine contributing author jonathan van meeder he lied to hide the truth from huma .

>> all the lies he told to the press that first crazy week are the same lies he was telling huma .

>> reporter: weiner describes the shame and the guilt. there was the crime, there was the coverup, there was harm i had done to her and no one who deserved this less than huma . the crime was a series of messages from congressmen and other women. weiner says "i knew when i did it, almost from the moment i did it, there was no good way for it to end when i sent that fateful tweet." three weeks later, weiner resigned.

>> today i am announcing my resignation from congress.

>> reporter: at the time of the scandal his wife was deputy chief of staff to secretary of state hillary clinton . she was also carrying their first child. the question abedin and many others were asking was, why? weiner explained, "i wasn't really thinking, what does this mean that i'm doing this. is this risky behavior? is this smart behavior? to me it was just another way to feed this notion that i wanted to be liked and admired."

>> he's still wracked with a sort of shame and pain and guilt about it, and he cried. i think every time i interviewed him at some point.

>> in the interview weiner says he's eyeing the mayoral race in new york . his political committee spent $100,000 on a poll. most people wanted to know whether or not he had learned from his mistakes before they could vote for him. his wife says she forgives him.

>> is there much from the wife in the article, is she speaking a lot, too?

>> it's a lot from the wife. she had a prominent role in hillary clinton 's secretary of state years and if she runs again i wouldn't be surprised if you see huma in a similar type