• With: Andrew Breitbart, author, 'Righteous Indignation'

    This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," June 6, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

    SEAN HANNITY, HOST: "Weinergate" took a dramatic turn earlier today, as New York Congressman Anthony Weiner came forward to say that he lied about being the victim of a Twitter hacking. Instead, the congressman admitted to engaging in several inappropriate online relationships with women around the country.

    And we spoke to one of them moments ago. The full interview will air right here on "Hannity" tomorrow night.


    HANNITY: What do you think of the pattern knowing as one of the people that is sort of a victim of it in a way?

    MEAGAN BROUSSARD, RECEIVED PICTURES FROM REP. WEINER: I wouldn't say victim. But I would say, I don't know, I mean, he obviously has some issues of impulse control.



    REP. ANTHONY WEINER, D-N.Y.: Last Friday night, I Twitted a photograph of myself that I intended to send as a direct message as part of a joke to a woman in Seattle. Once I realized I posted to Twitter I panicked, I took it down and said that I had been hacked. I then continued with that story, to stick to that story which was a hugely regrettable mistake.

    To be clear, the picture was of me and I sent it. I'm deeply sorry for the pain this has caused my wife Huma and our family. And my constituents, my friends, supporters and staff.


    HANNITY: Now, moments later, the congressman confirmed that his lewd tweet was not an isolated incident.


    WEINER: For the past few years I have engaged in several inappropriate conversations conducted over Twitter, Facebook, e-mail and occasionally on the phone with women I have met online. I've exchanged messages and photos of an explicit nature with about six women over the last three years. For the most part, these communications took place before my marriage, though some have sadly took place after. To be clear, I have never met any of these women or had physical relationships at any time.


    HANNITY: Now, Congressman Weiner says he will not be resigning but what prompted his sudden honesty? Well, it seems that my next guest may have forced the congressman hand when his website BigGovernment.com posted pictures that the congressman reportedly sent to young women from his personal e-mail address.

    But the congressman, well, he only mentioned Andrew Breitbart in passing during today's big presser.


    WEINER: I apologize to Andrew Breitbart. I apologize to the many other members of the media that I misled.


    HANNITY: Joining me now with reaction, the author of the best new brand -- sorry.


    HANNITY: Exactly, cook book. "Righteous Indignation, Excuse Me While I Save the World." The man behind so much of the story is Andrew Breitbart is here. And Mr. Breitbart, it's not often that a journalist gets -- well, we have to start at the beginning. So, I'm watching Fox News today. And, you know, we got all the cameras sitting there, and they're all waiting for the congressman to come out. And all of a sudden you are holding a press conference at his podium. How did that happen?

    BREITBART: First of all, I had no idea that I was live on television. I arrived in New York at a hotel, five blocks away. A reporter said I can't interview you in our set interview because of this press conference. Weiner's press conference? So, I just walked five blocks, walked into the ballroom. And a gaggle of reporters surrounded me about 40 or 50 of them and they started asking me questions. And they said, they couldn't hear me which is ironically...

    HANNITY: Including Marsha Kramer who was involved in the story.

    BREITBART: Right. And Marsha Kramer said, get on the stage, get on the stage. And I thought that they meant get on the stage because the microphone could, you know, make my voice louder, because I've had a cold over the last week. So, I went up there, I had no idea that I would be talking to a live audience. I only found out afterwards.

    HANNITY: All right. Now, we have a small moment. All right. Here's the scenario. Anthony Weiner is supposed to be at the podium at 2:00. But then the media sees Breitbart whose website releases the photos, which we'll talk about. And he takes to the stage.


    BREITBART: Well, no this is an ongoing story. This is a compelling story. But I certainly did not like that he double-downed on the "this is about Breitbart" problem. I mean, if he's going to come up here and take some form of culpability here, he was party to a campaign for 72 hours that weekend to allow for the left-wing blogosphere including the DailyKos to accuse me of being the hacker.


    HANNITY: All right. That's the thing, you -- it was blaming the messenger, Andrew. And so, you know, people were attacking you all over the place.

    BREITBART: I need to apologize to my family right now. I mean, I really, I took away their Memorial Day weekend, last weekend, in a weekend where it has been me traveling around doing the book. I said trust me, I'll be with you, I'll be with you this weekend.

    And then I was down in the desert, getting phone calls saying, they are accusing you of being the hacker. And when these ideas get out there, in the media, you have to fight back or they become the truth, even if they are not truthful.

    So, to me, this mattered. I was out there trying to get to the truth of the story to vindicate myself. Because so many people in the media were trying to use this again, to try and bury me.

    HANNITY: All right. Let me ask this question. Because you and I spoke last night.

    BREITBART: There was nothing untoward and we did not exchange photos.

    HANNITY: No, we did not. But you told me this big story is going to break. And then, you had four of the five photos, this woman who we are going to be interviewing, that we just interviewed, we are going to air it tomorrow night. You sent me three of them-- and because I didn't want the fourth one.

    BREITBART: Yes. Why? You are the first person in the world that didn't want to see the other one.

    HANNITY: All right. Well, let's talk.