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Weiner Goes on Media Spree, but Questions Remain

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Rep. Anthony Weiner answers reporters' questions outside his office in the Rayburn Building on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (Conn.) feigned ignorance and refused to comment, while Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) offered only a few words of encouragement to his scandal-struck colleague.

"Hang in there," he told Weiner as the New York lawmaker was trailed by numerous reporters.

In addition to ducking most hallway interviews Wednesday, Weiner was quieter than usual on Twitter, a rarity for a man known for his prolific and clever Tweets.

Not surprisingly to those familiar with Weiner's fiery temperament and penchant for public dramatics, his cable news tour came less than 24 hours after he vowed to stop commenting on the issue.

"The decision that I've made ... after two and a half days of various statements that answer these questions, that I'm not going to keep drilling into further details and further details — even the questions, even the obvious questions, even the questions I've answered before, because I don't believe in the idea that you believe in that 'Oh, this will end it,'" he told reporters Tuesday.

If Weiner thought that talking wouldn't end the controversy, he could be certain that not saying what his role is in it wouldn't either.

Anna Palmer contributed to this report.

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