Tuesday 22 January 2019

Clinton: No apology needed

Former US president Clinton. AP Photo
Former US president Clinton. AP Photo

Nick Allen

Bill Clinton has denied that he owes Monica Lewinsky an apology.

Mr Clinton bristled when asked about his relationship with the former White House intern more than two decades ago.

The former US president said: "I dealt with it 20 years ago, plus. And the American people, two-thirds of them, stayed with me."

Pressed on whether he should have resigned, Mr Clinton said: "I think I did the right thing. I defended the Constitution."

He said the #MeToo movement was overdue, but he would still not have resigned had the affair taken place today.

Asked by NBC News if he ever apologised personally to Ms Lewinsky he said: "No, I do not. I have never talked to her. But I did say publicly, on more than one occasion, that I was sorry. That's very different. The apology was public."

The interview was intended to promote Mr Clinton's new fictional thriller 'The President Is Missing', written with best-selling author James Patterson.

In the 1990s Mr Clinton was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice in the wake of his relationship with Ms Lewinsky. The Senate acquitted him.

Ms Lewinsky wrote in 'Vanity Fair' in March their relationship "was not sexual assault" but "constituted a gross abuse of power".

Irish Independent

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