Bill Clinton got feisty over his affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky - telling NBC's Craig Melvin that while he has not apologized to her personally, he has done so on national television - and would not reveal whether he thinks he owes her an apology today.
“This March, Monica Lewinsky penned an op-ed in “Vanity fair,” taking responsibility for her part in the scandal but also admitting that years later, she was diagnosed with PTSD from the unrelenting public scrutiny,” Melvin said to Clinton, reading aloud an excerpt from the op-ed. “Looking back, through the lens of #MeToo now, do you think differently or feel more responsibility?”
Clinton said he felt “terrible” and “came to grips with it,” before claiming that the investigation into his conduct was unfair and that he had to incur debt.
Bill Clinton gets asked if he ever apologized to Lewinsky. He responds by saying Starr investigation was unfair https://t.co/C96l2tJBe4— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 4, 2018
Bill Clinton responds by attacking Melvin as presenting “one side”, and pivots to talking about how much debt he incurred, how many women he employed and how he had a sexual harassment policy in the 1980s. https://t.co/D04WBZS52L— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) June 4, 2018
Clinton accused Melvin of giving a one-sided interview. “You typically have ignored gaping facts in describing this, and I bet you don’t even know them,” he continued.
“This was litigated 20 years ago. Two-thirds of the American people sided with me,” Clinton said. “They were not insensitive that I had a sexual harassment policy when I was governor in the ’80s. I had two women chiefs of staff when I was governor. Women were over-represented in the attorney general’s office in the ’70s for their percentage of the bar.”
The former President continued, “I’ve had nothing but women leaders in my office since I left. You are giving one side and omitting facts.”
Melvin defended himself, saying that he was "not trying to present a side."
Clinton shot back - “I don’t think — you think President Kennedy should have resigned? Do you believe President Johnson should have resigned?”
“Someone should ask you these questions because of the way you formulate the questions. I dealt with it 20 years ago, plus, and the American people, two-thirds of them, sided with me, and I’ve tried to do a good job since then with my life and with my work. That’s all I have to say.”
Meanwhile Juanita Broaddrick, who claims that Bill Clinton raped her on April 25, 1978 in an Arkansas hotel room, biting her upper lip so badly it was nearly severed, asks "WHY Doesn't any reporter have the guts to ask about Bill Clinton about the sexual assaults and rape???" adding "Monica was Consensual!!!"
WHY Doesn’t any reporter have the guts to ask about Bill Clinton about the sexual assaults and rape???....Monica was Consensual!!! https://t.co/CkuSMCAXAe— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) June 4, 2018