Hillary Clinton said in an interview that her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, was right not to resign over his affair with Monica Lewinsky and that his relationship with the then-intern was not an abuse of power.
After an investigation into the affair, Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives in December 1998 but was acquitted by the Senate.
In the interview with CBS, Clinton was asked if her husband should have stepped down. “Absolutely not,” said the former secretary of state.
When pressed on whether it was possible for a relationship between a president and a 22-year-old White House intern to be consensual, Clinton said Lewinsky “was an adult,” before deflecting and trying to shine a spotlight on the allegations against President Donald Trump.
Let me ask you this, said the 2016 Democrat presidential candidate.
“Where’s the investigation of the current incumbent, against whom numerous allegations have been made, and which he dismisses, denies, and ridicules?”
Clinton also said that she had played no role in criticizing the character of the women who accused her husband of sexual misconduct.
“I take responsibility for my life and my actions,” she said.
Earlier this year Lewinsky said she has been reexamining her affair with then-president Bill Clinton through the “new lens” of the #MeToo movement and has concluded that it constituted a “gross abuse of power.”
Lewinsky said she was diagnosed several years ago with post-traumatic stress disorder, “mainly from the ordeal of having been publicly outed and ostracized.”
Lewinsky said she had received a message recently from “one of the brave women leading the #MeToo movement” saying, “I’m so sorry you were so
“Those seven words undid me,” Lewinsky wrote. “They landed in a way that cracked me open and brought me to tears.”
“That I had made mistakes, on that we can all agree,” she said. “But swimming in that sea of Aloneness was terrifying.”
American television personality Monica Lewinsky speaks at a conference that “There are even some people who feel my White House experiences don’t have a place in this movement, as what transpired between Bill Clinton and myself was not sexual assault, although we now recognize that it constituted a gross abuse of power,” she said.
Lewinsky recalled how she had emphasized in another essay for Vanity Fair four years ago that the affair with Clinton was a “consensual relationship.”
She credited the #MeToo movement and the “new lens it has provided” for the change in her thinking.
“Now, at 44, I’m beginning (just beginning) to consider the implications of the power differentials that were so vast between a president and a White House intern,” she said. “I’m beginning to entertain the notion that in such a circumstance the idea of consent might well be rendered moot.
“He was my boss. He was the most powerful man on the planet,” Lewinsky wrote. “He was 27 years my senior, with enough life experience to know better.
“I now see how problematic it was that the two of us even got to a place where there was a question of consent,” she said. “Instead, the road that led there
was littered with inappropriate abuse of authority, station, and privilege.”
“But it’s also complicated. Very, very complicated,” she said, acknowledging that she had been looking for “intimacy” and was not seeking now to make excuses for “my responsibility for what happened.”