By Ben Fractenberg
MANHATTAN — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Thursday that embattled congressman Anthony Weiner should "come clean" and offer a clear explanation about the lewd Twitter pic sent from his account, Politico reported.
"I can't say with certitude. My system was hacked. Pictures can be manipulated," he said.
Weiner reportedly hired a private law firm, Baker & Hostetler, to investigate how his Twitter account could have hacked.
"We're treating it as a prank, not treating it as a national security invasion or anything," Weiner told the News.
The photo was sent last Friday to a Seattle grad student, Cordova Gennette, who follows the congressman on Twitter.
Weiner at first tried to brush off the incident saying it was a distraction, but later admitted he couldn’t say with certainty whether the photo was of him or not.
The congressman is a leading contender to run for New York City mayor after Bloomberg’s term is over.
It is still uncertain how this scandal will affect his campaign.
Matt Damon is hosting a fundraiser for Weiner on June 20th on East 22nd Street.