WASHINGTON, DC - Below is the statement issued by, now former, Congressman Chris Lee announcing his resignation from the U.S. District House of Representatives:
"It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of Western New York. I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents. I deeply and sincerely apologize to them all. I have made profound mistakes and I promise to work as hard as I can to seek their forgiveness.
"The challenges we face in Western New York and across the country are too serious for me to allow this distraction to continue, and so I am announcing that I have resigned my seat in Congress effective immediately."
Lee issued the statement late Wednesday afternoon. The statement offered no confirmation or details of a Craigslist posting.
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