Congressman Anthony Weiner checks into rehab as top democrats want him to resign.
"Congressman Weiner departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person," according to a statment released by his office late Saturday afternoon.
"In light of that, he will request a short leave of absence from the House of Representatives so that he can get evaluated and map out a course of treatment to make himself well."
The move - which Weiner resisted in the early days of the scandal - comes as Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority leader, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chair, each said the lawmaker needs to go.
"It is with great disappointment that I call on Representative Anthony Weiner to resign," said Congresswoman Schultz of Florida, calling the scandal a "sordid affair."
"The behavior he has exhibited is indefensible and Representative Weiner's continued service in Congress is untenable," she said.