NEW YORK - Embattled US Congressman Anthony Weiner announced Thursday that he is resigning from Congress, making him the first congressman whose career was wrecked by indiscretions on Twitter. Weiner's wife, Human Abedin, who is of Pakistani-Indian heritage, was not with him when he made the announcement at a press conference. The Congressman tweeted obscene photos of himself to half a dozen women and then lied to cover it up. Congressional leaders had been slated to meet Thursday to hash out a strategy regarding Weiner's fate. Most of the House leadership had already called for his resignation, and President Barack Obama made a similar suggestion in an interview Tuesday. A day after Obama's interview, Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, returned from a weeklong trip to Africa with her boss, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Also on Wednesday, former porn actress Ginger Lee, who had exchanged emails and messages with Weiner, held a bizarre press conference in which she claimed he had urged her to lie about their communication. The congressman had already announced he would be taking a two-week leave from the House for rehab. The combination of family pressure and personal embarrassment apparently became too big a hurdle to overcome. It was recently reported that Ms. Abedin is pregnant with the couple's first child.