The former president is opening up about his infamous cheating scandal with Monica Lewinsky. During an NBC News interview, Bill Clinton revealed that he has no regrets as far as handling the disgraceful situation with the White House intern two decades ago is concerned.
That being said, Clinton said that he is yet to apologize to the woman in private.
NBC News’ Craig Melvin wondered if today, in light of the #MeToo movement, the former president would act differently.
‘I do not think it would be an issue,’ he replied, adding ‘Because people would be using facts instead of imagined facts. If facts were the same today, I would not.’
As you may be aware, the 71-year-old ended up being impeached in 1998 by the House of Representatives for obstruction of justice and perjury after he admitted his affair with Lewinsky.
The next year, however, the Senate acquitted him.
Previously, Clinton lied under oath by denying the affair with the at the time 22-year-old woman.
The man decided to fight his impeachment instead of resigning, a decision he still stands by.
‘I think I did the right thing. I defended the Constitution.’
As for whether or not he apologized to Lewinsky, Bill explained: ‘I’ve never talked to her. I did say, publicly, on more than just one occasion, that I was sorry. That is very different. The apology was public.’
Not only that but he does not believe he owes her an apology at all!
Almost four months ago, Lewinsky wrote an essay about the #MeToo movement for Vanity Fair.
‘I am in awe of the courage of women who’ve stood up and begun to confront entrenched beliefs and institutions. But for me, my history, and how I fit in personally? I am sorry to say I do not have a definitive answer yet on the meaning of all the events that led to the 1998 investigation; I’m unpacking and reprocessing what happened to me,’ she said about the controversial relationship with the president at the time.
‘I see now how problematic it was the two of us even got to a place where there was a question about consent. Instead, the road that led there was littered with inappropriate abuse of authority and privilege,’ she added.