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Content of the article NEW YORK - Disgraced former New York congressman Anthony Weiner is not a predator and should be spared from prison in his sentencing for sexting with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl who dreamed about influencing the U.S. presidential election, his lawyers told a judge on Wednesday. Article content The evidence in Manhattan federal court referenced "Anthony's operatic self-destruction," describing the crime as "the final act ... born of deep sickness." But it blamed the girl, claiming she had told investigators from the government that it had been a goal of hers to influence the results of last year's election. We apologize for the inconvenience, but this video has not been able to load. Refresh your browser, or click here to view other videos from our team. Lawyers: Teen girl Weiner sexted wanted to affect election Back to video The court filing also contained letters from Weiner and his estranged wife, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, who appeared with him in state court earlier in the day at a divorce proceeding and looked more like a couple than. In a heavily blacked-out letter, Abedin wrote: "With Anthony I have often found myself in circumstances I could never have imagined. I am horrified by Anthony's actions, and I am sure he will suffer the consequences. Content of the article. The lawyers explained Weiner as an earlier powerful Democrat who had committed a crime, but it was "far less egregious that any other sexting case that has been prosecuted in this case." They claimed he didn't seek out teenagers on the internet and didn't engage in other predatory behaviors similar to those who were arrested in similar cases. "He responded to the victim's request for explicit sexual messages not because she was a teen but in spite of it," the lawyers said. The lawyers said Weiner was the target of "a curious high school student who was looking to come up with ideas for a book that the government has revealed she is currently shopping publishers." They claimed the girl documented their interactions right from the beginning and took photos of her phone to save messages, before selling her story to a British tabloid for $30,000. Article content The lawyers said the investigation into Weiner was "quite improperly injected into the U.S. presidential election, possibly affecting the outcome." "After the election was over, the high school student told government investigators that this had been one of her goals since the beginning," Weiner's lawyers wrote. Inside Edition spoke to the girl in an interview, stating that she was aware that Hillary Clinton, an Democratic former secretary of state and senator, was running for president this year. "I wanted to find out if Anthony was still doing the same pranks," she said. In a letter addressed to U.S. District Judge Denise Cote who will be sentenced Weiner on Sept. 25, Weiner wrote that "regret for my crime is profound" and that he had compromised the safety of a girl who was 15 years old. Article content "My incessant ranting throughout the years has shattered my wife's aspirations and ruined our marriage," said he. Hours earlier, Weiner and Abedin appeared briefly before the judge in their divorce case. Sexting They sat side-by-side and chatted casually while their lawyers met with state Supreme Court Justice Michael L. Katz. The FBI investigation into Weiner's internet relationships with the girl resulted in it being an element in the presidential election. In October 2016, James Comey, then-Director of the FBI announced that the FBI required to restart an investigation into Clinton's private email account. The bureau was also looking into emails discovered during the Weiner probe. Comey said two days prior to the November election that nothing had been found in the new investigation that could be the basis for charges against Clinton. However, she has cited it in her loss to Donald Trump. Article content Trump, a Republican, became president in January, and was sacked by Comey in May. Weiner, who ran unsuccessfully for the mayor's office in 2005 and 2013, can be sentenced to a severe term of years in prison for the sexting conviction. However, he will likely serve a shorter time. He agreed to not appeal any sentence between 21-27 months as part of his plea agreement. In his sentencing letter, Weiner stated that he regularly attends "mutual support meetings" as part of treatment and mentors people who are new to the program. He expressed his deep regret for his victim. He said, "My life isn’t big and loud anymore." "Every day, I do my best to keep improving and to repair the damage I've done." This article can be shared on your social networks