Disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner used more than $13,000 in campaign funds to hire private investigators to probe the so-called "hacking" of his Twitter account -- despite later taking responsibility for the leaked photos that led to his resignation from Congress.
Weiner paid T&M Protective Services of Manhattan $13,290 for "legal services" in the fourth quarter of 2011, Federal Election Commission financial disclosures filed Tuesday show.
But according to the New York Daily News, Weiner really hired the firm to do investigative work in the thick of the scandal last summer.
Sources told the newspaper Weiner told investigators his Twitter account was hacked. The firm, which employs former NYPD detectives, investigated and discovered no such hacking had occurred.
Weiner initially maintained his innocence and said he was not responsible for the photos and flirtatious messages sent to a string of female fans. He eventually revealed he was responsible for the content and stepped down from his congressional seat in June.