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RNC Chairman: Weiner a 'Creep and Incessant Liar,' Democratic Leadership 'Outrageous' for Not Calling for His Resignation

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus on why he believes Rep. Anthony Weiner must resign over the Twitter pic scandal

 

This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," June 7, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Well, it must feel a bit like going to the principal's office. Yesterday, Congressman Anthony Weiner spoke to Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. And today Nancy Pelosi, the leader, calls for an ethics investigation into Weiner's behavior.

But our next guest says we don't need investigation, we need a resignation. Joining us is chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus. Nice to see you, sir.

REINCE PRIEBUS, RNC CHAIRMAN: Thanks for having me, Greta.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, you say resign.

PRIEBUS: Well, yes. Obviously, after all that, the man is a creep and an incessant liar, and I think that's pretty obvious. You don't need an investigation to figure that out.

What I think is more outrageous, though, Greta, is the fact that Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schultz of the Democratic National Committee is not calling for this guy's resignation! I mean, the guy is an incessant liar. And listen, it was Nancy Pelosi, you might remember, who said that she was going to drain the swamp in Washington and clear the field of these kind of people. And what does she do? She calls for an ethics investigation.

Now, either she condones the behavior or she calls for his resignation. That's her choice.

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, you know, he's still -- I mean, it still makes sense to go through a process and give him a hearing. I mean, we've all pretty much reached our judgment about him. I mean, the pictures are quite damning. But he's hired by the people in his district, you know? And to the extent that, you know, the constituents, if they -- if they want him as their congressman, I think that, you know, they'll get a chance to -- at the next election to make that determination. But I mean, I actually think that -- that an ethics investigations might be more painful to the Democratic Party than simply if he goes away right now.

PRIEBUS: Oh, really? I mean, do we need to really, though, Greta, spend taxpayer dollars on an investigation to determine whether or not Anthony Weiner is a creep? I mean, we know what the story is. We know what he did. The guy lied. He brought reporters back in the hallway when he knew he was lying, came back outside into the hallway, lied again.

Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats ought to show a little bit of leadership and get this guy out of town. He is a representative in the greatest country on the face of the earth, and the Democrats should show some leadership and tell the guy to hit the bricks and go home. That's what Nancy Pelosi promised she would do. Obviously, Debbie Wasserman Schultz isn't doing it, and someone needs to.

VAN SUSTEREN: Is there a difference with Senator David Vitter, I mean, with the whole -- with his whole little prostitution -- he's on a prostitution client list. Is that different?

PRIEBUS: Well, I don't know if it's different. I mean, this is...

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, nobody called...

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PRIEBUS: Frankly, I'm not relitigating the David Vitter situation. We have...

VAN SUSTEREN: (INAUDIBLE) you know -- you know, for every time we -- you know, listen, I think everyone gets his turn. There are an awful lot of members of Congress up there, you know, and tomorrow it may be your turn, where you've got some errant Republican. I mean, it's, like, unfortunately, if you've been around Washington long enough, you know, you see scandals on both sides of the aisle.

And I was thinking as I thought -- you know, if -- if I were -- nobody's asked me to run any party, but -- I think to myself is that it hurts the Democratic Party if he doesn't resign.

PRIEBUS: Well, it shows...

VAN SUSTEREN: Because -- because he -- because, you know, you've got all your arguments against him. So I'm -- do you really want him to resign?

PRIEBUS: Well...

VAN SUSTEREN: Strategy-wise.

PRIEBUS: I think he should for the good of our country. I think he think he should get out of town. I think it's the right thing to do. I think that true leaders of the Democratic Party should exhibit a little leadership and ask this guy to resign. And I think that it's the appropriate thing to do. I mean, obviously, I don't think you can have a guy -- I mean, this has been high drama for now 10 days, of lying and running around and making up stories, lewd behavior. You just illustrated...

VAN SUSTEREN: (INAUDIBLE) terrible.

PRIEBUS: ... the first eight minutes of the show...

VAN SUSTEREN: I don't -- I don't excuse ...

PRIEBUS: ... from -- who knows what else is out there.

VAN SUSTEREN: OK, Congressman Eric Cantor has asked for it, his resignation. You have. Why do you think Speaker Boehner has not?

PRIEBUS: I'm not sure. I mean, I don't -- I haven't talked to Speaker Boehner about it, but certainly, I think the NRCC's been pretty -- pretty clear in what they think about it. They've asked for the donations to be returned. The donations from...

VAN SUSTEREN: There's this one congresswoman who already...

PRIEBUS: ... Anthony Weiner...

VAN SUSTEREN: There's one congresswoman who -- who is out of Ohio, she's already decided -- she's already said that she's going to donate her $1,000 to charity that she got.

PRIEBUS: Yes. And I think that -- and that's obviously a call that the NRCC made to all of the people who received donations from Anthony Weiner. But here's the thing. This guy has been a spokesperson for the Democratic Party, essentially, a congressman. He's been all over the news media.

VAN SUSTEREN: So lucky you. And so lucky you as a tactical matter. Imagine if he left today and he disappeared. I mean, if he sticks around until the next election, there you have -- I mean, there you have somebody you can point at.

PRIEBUS: That's a good point.

VAN SUSTEREN: I mean -- I mean, from a tactical standpoint, I think the last thing the Republican Party should want is that he resign because it looks bad. Let the hearing drag out. If -- you know, let the ethics investigation go on. It's not going to get any prettier. You know, and we look at these e-mails unfold, they only get uglier. Every time we open the newspaper, we read the things he's saying. I mean, there's a terrible crack that he makes today about Jewish women. And he's got an awful big Jewish women constituents. I mean, it gets worse!

PRIEBUS: Well...

VAN SUSTEREN: I would want him to stick around, if I were you!

PRIEBUS: Listen, but here's the problem. It's bad for our country. And I think that people like Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Wasserman Schultz ought to do the right thing and call on his resignation. I mean, where have they been? Where has -- where is Nancy Pelosi on calling for the resignation? Where is Debbie Wasserman Schultz...

VAN SUSTEREN: See, I think...

PRIEBUS: ... on calling for the resignation?

VAN SUSTEREN: I'd be afraid to say that he lied because...

PRIEBUS: I think that they...

VAN SUSTEREN: ... (INAUDIBLE) going to get your turn!

PRIEBUS: I think that they should.

VAN SUSTEREN: I'm worried about...

PRIEBUS: I think that they should...

VAN SUSTEREN: ... both sides of their aisle!

PRIEBUS: I think that they should call for his resignation. I think the guy has exhibited the utmost outrageous behavior, I think, as a congressman. And the way that he did it -- I mean, in this three-ring circus that he's created! This is -- this is high drama, but it's also calls for a great deal of leadership, which Nancy Pelosi just isn't showing right now.

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, he certainly has lied. He certainly has disgraced himself. And...

PRIEBUS: In the most dramatic fashion.

VAN SUSTEREN: I don't dispute that. I'd be curious to see whether or not he does go. But I think the Democrats will try to get him out of there pretty quickly or they're pretty stupid because he is a -- he is certainly a target for the next election. Nice to see you, Chairman.

PRIEBUS: Thank you very much, Greta.