Vice President Joseph R. Biden called FBI Director James Comey a “straight guy,” in spite of being a Republican, who will be fair in his renewed investigation of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s emails.
“Look, I’ve found him to be a straight guy,” Mr. Biden told CNN’s Michael Smerconish in an interview released Saturday. “He’s a tough guy, he’s a Republican, but he’s always been straight. And I’m confident that this will turn out fine.”
The interview was conducted Friday, and the vice president was unaware at the time that new Clinton emails had been found on the laptop of Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin and a former Democratic congressman from New York. Federal agents were probing Mr. Weiner’s involvement in an alleged sexting case with a 15-year-old girl.
Told by Mr. Smerconish about Mr. Weiner’s role in uncovering the emails, Mr. Biden replied, “Oh God, Anthony Weiner. Um, I should not comment on Anthony Weiner. I’m not a big fan. And I wasn’t before he got in trouble, so I shouldn’t comment on Anthony Weiner.”
Mr. Biden said he agrees with Mrs. Clinton that the FBI should release all the emails, said to be more than 10,000, for the public to assess before the election on Nov. 8.
“I think the quicker they release the emails for the public to see them, the better off… I have confidence in Hillary,” Mr. Biden said. “They should release the emails for the whole world to see. To the best of my knowledge, it won’t prejudice the investigation.”