House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is calling for an ethics investigation after Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., admitted to tweeting a lewd photograph of himself.
"I am deeply disappointed and saddened about this situation; for Anthony's wife, Huma, his family, his staff and his constituents," the California Democrat said in a statement.
At a news conference Monday, the seven-term congressman admitted to sending the photo, following a week of repeated claims that his Twitter account was hacked.
Weiner also admitted to sending explicit sexual photos to about six women over the last three years.
Despite calls for an ethics probe, Weiner said he doesn't believe he used government resources to send the messages since he used his home computer and personal Blackberry to send the text messages and photos.
He apologized to his wife, who works for U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
One of Weiner's New York colleagues, Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said Weiner's fate would rest with the voters of his congressional district, which covers parts of Brooklyn and Queens.
"Congressman Anthony Weiner engaged in a deep personal failure and inappropriate behavior that embarrassed himself, his family, and the House," Israel said. "Ultimately, Anthony and his constituents will make a judgment about his future."
New York senior Sen. Chuck Schumer said in a statement that he was "deeply pained and saddened by today's news."
"By fully explaining himself, apologizing to all he hurt and taking full responsibility for his wrongful actions, Anthony did the right thing," Schumer said. "He remains a talented and committed public servant, and I pray he and his family can get through these difficult times."
Although Weiner insisted he had done nothing wrong, he said he would fully cooperate with a House inquiry.