Weiner calls Bill Clinton
June 8th, 2011
03:49 PM ET
11 years ago

Weiner calls Bill Clinton

(CNN)- Embattled Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner called former President Bill Clinton Monday to express regret for his actions, CNN has confirmed.

A source familiar with the call would not characterize it in more detail and called it a private conversation.

Weiner admitted Monday to having ongoing relationships with women via social media and lying about a lewd photo sent to a college student in Seattle.

After insisting his account was hacked, the seven-term New York congressman came clean during an emotional press conference.

Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, serves as Secretary Hillary Clinton's chief-of-staff and is well-liked in Democratic circles. The former president officiated at the couple's wedding, and he and the Secretary of State have been extremely close with Huma for years.

Democratic sources say Weiner has made many calls to colleagues and supporters over the last few days. At the same time, pressure has been building for the congressman to resign.

A Democratic congressman who got a telephone call from Anthony Weiner Wednesday tells CNN that the New York Democrat called to personally apologize for what he had done, and said he “doesn’t know what got into him.”

The Democratic lawmaker, who did not want to speak on the record about a private conversation, said Weiner was “very contrite” and said he “let everyone down” and that he is “going to try to redeem himself.”

The lawmaker said Weiner was so choked up, he could “barely get the words out” and also said he was going to “get some help.”

This Weiner colleague tells CNN he did not ask Weiner to resign because he doesn’t want to get part of “kicking him out the door, nor do I want to be part of saying he should stay” because Weiner is the one who must make that decision.

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    He called on one of tthe godfathers of democracy! (the other one is named Jimmy) Good. He'll explain it to him since he does not seem to read this blog anymore.

    June 8, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. DA

    Weiner, should just step down and be done with it – from a Democrat!!!

    June 8, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. Brandon

    As close as Weiner is to the Clinton's, who do you think taught Anthony Weiner the art of womanizing?

    June 8, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Bill Clinton needs to advice Weiner to resign. This is not an affair, what Weiner did is perverse. I understand that argument that this was "private" but the thing is that Weiner also emailed photos of himself, and the Con-blogger who outed Weiner says he has an even worse photo.

    I am Liberal-registered-Independent.

    June 8, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. JT

    We are such a weird culture. We selectively forgive. Clinton is forgiven, yet Edwards and Weiner are villified. We make Tiger words a villian and Magic Johnson a hero.

    June 8, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. Bringiton1

    @ Brandon:
    You did Brandon, you taught him. Any other immature questions ? Don't bother.

    June 8, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. terry,va

    Weiner was probably asking Bill how to lie better and how to advoid getting impeached.

    June 8, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. XWngLady

    Whatever Brandon. Republicans take the cake on illicit se-x-ual and immoral behavior (e.g. Newt, McCain, Gov. Sanford, Rep. Mark "ped@phyle" Foley, David Vitter, Bob Livingston, etc.). Don't even try it......I know that Clinton is probably like, please Weiner stay away from me, I've worked hard to get my reputation back.

    June 8, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Democrat Swamp Inspector

    Not THIS is a conversation I would have LOVED to hear!!!

    Probably went something like this.....

    Bill: Anthony, Anthony, Anthony.... Talk to the Godfather (in voice of Marlon Brando's Godfather)

    Anthony: Godfather, I have failed you. I got my weenie in a bind, just like you did. (in his usual whining voice)

    Bill: Anthony, Anthony, Anthony.... Please accept my invitation to go fishing on the lake.

    Anthony: But Godfather, I don't like to fish. I don't eat fish.

    Bill: Who said anything about you eating the fish?

    June 8, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. Brian

    He shouldn't resign. He's one of the best members of the House, who's actually sides with the middle class instead of the rich and the multinational corporations.

    June 8, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. CharlieB

    The two of them make a good pair, both scum. Still think bubba should have gone to prison for lieing under oath.

    June 8, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. gung hoe

    Gee theres the perfect pair from one womanizer and lier to another

    June 8, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  13. Jake in Iowa

    Weiner: Hey Bill... you remember that time you were in a sex scandal?
    Clinton: Sure, why?
    Weiner: Well I'm in a bit of a similar situation here and I was wondering if you had any advice on deflecting media attention.
    Clinton: Ummmmm... have you tried bombing Kosovo?

    June 8, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. LOaf MeAt

    Weiner Calls Bil lClinton

    So, the conversation is now going the other way for Bill.

    I told you not to call me here.

    *****, you been calling me *** every 5 minutes for 30 years.

    June 8, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. Erik

    Yeah, Brandon, only Clinton messed around. That's right – no other politician has ever. We hold our politicians up to unreasonable personal accountings. They do things everyone does everyday in their personal lives – whether we agree or not with each other's actions. Politicians aren't religious or moral guideposts for society, and we shouldn't require such of them.

    June 8, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. abnguy

    Bill got into enough trouble with his own weiner why would he want to deal with Anthony's

    June 8, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Democrat Swamp Inspector

    He shouldn't resign. He's one of the best members of the House,
    So you are saying the BEST Democrat in the House is a lying pervert???!!! EGADS!!!!! What the heck are the REST like????

    June 8, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. mike

    He should step down, his dishonor, lies and bad judgement show that he should not hold a public office.
    screw me once shame on you, screw me twice shame on me.

    June 8, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. Bill

    The GOP let that reprobate Ensign stay in the senate for two years – and he was engaged in probable criminal conduct, including payoffs, etc. Same deal with that clown Vitter- last I looked, solicitation of a prostiute was a crime, yet that does not bother the republicans. Weiner is guilty only of extremely poor judgement and not being forthcoming about the incident.

    June 8, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Larry L

    We have around 325,000,000 people in this country. We should be able to get some honorable people to serve as our leaders. Still, both sides of the isle continually offer up new sleaze-balls involved in some sex scandal. Do men who seek power and responsibility always looking to "score"? Maybe power makes them attractive – explaining the Newt Gingrich situation.

    June 8, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. GOP = Greed Over People

    As a Democrat and fan of Mr. Weiner's sometime soaring rhetoric, after today's revelation of his "locked and loaded missile" I will not be able to listen to him again without thinking "one hung low".

    Sorry, put it is time to pull up your big boy pants and go home, if you still have one.

    June 8, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. Jake in Iowa

    I think people were a lot more understanding of Bill's infidelity than Weiner's because what man wouldn't cheat if you were married to Hillary, am i right fellas?

    June 8, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. Descarado

    And what advice did the OO (Oval Office) Perv have for the weenie e-Perv?

    June 8, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. ZOOKZ

    Resign and take Vitter and all the other scum with you. ZERO TOLERANCE FOR THESE FREAKS.

    June 8, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. Lstein

    There used to be a name for Weiners and Clintons behavior. It was called PERVERT. But somehow when it's someone in the beltway, they are just troubled. No, they're still perverts!

    June 8, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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