June 16th, 2011
12:18 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner did not attend the picnic for members of Congress and their staffs at the White House Wednesday night, but that's where some of his colleagues found out he was going to resign.
As CNN's Dana Bash reported, the news of Weiner's impending resignation over a "sexting" scandal started with a phone call to fellow New York Rep. Steve Israel. Sources say Weiner called Israel, who was at the White House Congressional picnic, to tell him. Israel then gave the phone to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who also was at the White House event, so that Weiner could officially inform the leader of his decision.
All of this was unfolding as hundreds of lawmakers, staff and their families roamed the South Lawn of the White House, listening to a live U.S. Navy band and indulging in picnic fair with “corny dog” and kettle corn stations, as well as fried chicken and hamburgers.
Bash's source said that Israel and Pelosi went near a tree on the White House grounds to talk to Weiner privately. Weiner told them that he was resigning, and was very remorseful about what he did to his family and his colleagues, especially for causing such a distraction, the source added. Weiner also told Israel and Pelosi that he had talked to his wife, who returned Wednesday from an overseas trip with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Pelosi said Thursday that Weiner will hold a news conference later in the day. She said she would issue a statement after Weiner's news conference.