- Hillary Clinton has defended her husband, Bill Clinton, over his affair with Monica Lewinsky by directly contradicting Lewinsky’s characterization of what happened.
- Back in March, Lewinsky called the affair between her, then a 22-year-old White House intern, and the then president a “gross abuse of power.”
- In an interview that aired Sunday, Clinton said the affair did not represent an abuse of power.
Hillary Clinton has defended her husband, Bill Clinton, over his affair with Monica Lewinsky by directly contradicting Lewinsky’s characterization of what happened.
In 1995, when Lewinsky was a 22-year-old White House intern, she had multiple sexual encounters with the then president, which he later lied under oath about.
After the affair became public, Lewinsky was targeted by pundits belonging to both parties and reported feeling bullied to the point of feeling suicidal.
Back in March, a few months into the #MeToo movement of women coming forward with allegations of sexual misconduct, mostly against powerful men, Lewinsky wrote that she had been moved to tears and deeply empathized with the accusers.
“What transpired between Bill Clinton and myself was not sexual assault, although we now recognise that it constituted a gross abuse of power,” she wrote in Vanity Fair.
But during an interview on “CBS Sunday Morning,” the former first lady gave a different version of events.
“In retrospect, do you think Bill should have resigned in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal?” the CBS correspondent Tony Dokoupil asked her.
“Absolutely not,” Clinton said.
“It wasn’t an abuse of power?” Dokoupil continued.
“No, no,” Clinton said.
Clinton then redirected the conversation toward President Donald Trump and the numerous accusations of sexual misconduct and assault against him. Lewinsky “was an adult,” Clinton said, continuing: “But let me ask you this: Where’s the investigation of the current incumbent against whom numerous allegations have been made?”
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