WASHINGTON — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has formally requested a House ethics panel probe of New York Rep. Anthony Weiner.
Pelosi on Tuesday sent a brief letter to the leaders of the committee noting that Weiner had "disclosed conduct that he described as inappropriate."
Pelosi had urged the panel Monday to launch a probe shortly after Weiner had given a public confession in his online sex scandal.
The chairman of the Republican party says Weiner should resign.
Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus) says in a statement that either House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz believe that members of Congress are held
to a different standard, or they believe the congressman's actions demand his departure from the House.
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid says he wishes there were some way he could defend the New York congressman, but he can't.
Asked what he would do if Weiner called him for advice, Reid said he'd tell him to call somebody else.
Weiner vowed on Monday he would not resign his seat, and apologized repeatedly at a news conference for his actions.