Bill Clinton says he does not owe Monica Lewinsky an apology

Brenda Watkins
June 5, 2018

"No, I felt awful then", Clinton said. "And I came to grips with it".

When pressed by Melvin, Clinton played whataboutism by pointing to sexual misconduct allegations against President Trump. "Because I think people would forgive him if he said I am so sorry". "I defended the Constitution".

Asked if felt differently about the Lewinsky scandal differently in light of the #MeToo movement, Clinton said he did not because "I felt awful then".

In the interview, Clinton said disagrees with Gillibrand, a fellow Democrat who was a big supporter of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign. Then this year, she acknowledged the massive power differential that existed between her and Clinton back when she was a 22-year-old intern.

"You have to really ignore what the context was", Clinton said. "That you still have Juanita Broaddrick suffering what she went through".

Earlier this year, Lewinsky also spoke out about the affair and how she now views it differently amid #MeToo.

"I am in awe of the sheer courage of the women who have stood up and begun to confront entrenched beliefs and institutions", Lewinsky, now 44, wrote.

While the former president said that the press would have been just as "hard, or harder" in covering a Democratic president, he did defend the media against Trump habit of labelling certain news outlets as "Fake News".

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"He was my boss".

"He was, at the time, at the pinnacle of his career, while I was in my first job out of college".

Asked if he felt he should apologize privately to Lewinsky, Bill Clinton said "No, I do not". "That's very different. The apology was public".

Freyd emphasized that the issue is not the legality of the affair, or the question of whether Clinton should've remained in office. "And nobody believes I got out of that for free". I have had nothing but women leaders in my office since I left. "And I bet you don't even know them".

Why? "I don't know".

Clinton challenged Melvin on how he was phrasing his questions and said the facts had been "distorted" following the many accusations made by women against current President Donald Trump.

The television journalist asked Clinton whether or not he agreed with the movement, before directly addressing his affair with Monica Lewinsky and whether or not he feels more guilt for his actions.

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