Vice President Joe Biden said he was “not a big fan” of former Rep. Anthony Weiner in an interview with CNN’s Michael Smerconish released Saturday.
“Well, oh God, Anthony Weiner,” Biden said of the former New York lawmaker and estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. “I should not comment on Anthony Weiner. I’m not a big fan. I wasn’t before he got in trouble. So I shouldn’t comment on Anthony Weiner.”
On Friday, the FBI announced new evidence in its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state. The evidence was found during an investigation being conducted by the FBI and the New York Police Department into allegations Weiner inappropriately texted a 15-year-old girl.
The vice president said Clinton’s emails should be released.
“I think Hillary — if she said, what I’m told she said, is correct — release the emails. For the whole world to see,” Biden said in the interview. “To the best of my knowledge, it won’t prejudice the investigation, but that’s the stilted language the agency always uses. And it doesn’t mean anything. It’s unfortunate.”
Biden also talked about his plans after his tenure in the White House is up.
Responding to reports of being at the top of Clinton’s internal short list to be secretary of state, Biden said he was not looking to be in the administration.
“I will do anything that she wants if she’s elected president to help her. But I’m not looking to be in the administration. It’s time for me to move on,” Biden said.
In addition, he said he is not looking to fill the open Supreme Court seat and encouraged Clinton to stick with Merrick Garland as the nominee to fill the spot.
“Look, Michael, there’s a lot of things I want to do — cancer moonshot, other things I want to work on, and I’m not going away,” he said. “I plan on being as deeply engaged as I am now in the capacity of a citizen that has more of a platform and the ability to convene people.”
GOP nominee Donald Trump was also discussed during the interview.
Smerconish asked Biden about his recent comment about taking Trump “behind the gym” in response to the GOP nominee’s comments on women.
“I was making a point,” Biden said. “I think it’s insulting to say … that we talk like that. This is not ‘locker room talk.’ And you know as well as I know Michael … if somebody in the locker room talked that way, and your sister’s outside with her friends, you know what you do. You know what you do. You don’t let it go on.”
The vice president went on to say that there needs to be a change in the culture of how women are talked about and treated.
“It’s been something that’s been one of the causes of my life,” he said. “And here’s the guy who says, ‘Because I am a star’ — implicitly — ‘Because I have a lot of money, I can walk out and grope any woman I want.’ That is a textbook definition of sexual assault … Think how crude this campaign has become.”
“I’m going to stay involved as much as I possibly can. This is the time after (November) 9, after the election is over, no matter who wins, reach out,” he said, adding, “I pray that doesn’t happen. I want Hillary to be president.”