US President Bill Clinton on Monica Lewinsky, #MeToo and whether his apology was enough
Clinton says impeachment process over Russia probe would have begun if Democrat were in office
Former President Bill Clinton said that impeachment hearings would have begun if a Democratic president, instead of Donald Trump, were in power and the Russia investigation was as far along as it is now. "I think if the roles were reversed -- now, this is me just talking, but it's based on my experience -- if it were a Democratic president, and these facts were present, most people I know in Washington believe impeachment hearings would have begun already," Clinton told "CBS Sunday Morning." The former Democratic president added, "And most people I know believe that the press would have been that hard, or harder.
"I do not. I have never talked to her. But I did say, publicly, on more than one occasion, that I was sorry," he told TODAY's Craig Melvin. "That's very different. The apology was public."
Clinton reflected on Lewinsky against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement as he and author James Patterson sat down with TODAY to discuss their new thriller, "The President Is Missing."
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During an NBC interview, the former president’s actions were looked at through the lens of #MeToo.We didn’t know it at the time, of course. But in Bill Clinton were the seeds of Donald Trump.
While some Democratic leaders, including, have suggested that Clinton should have resigned at the time, the former president defended his decision to instead fight impeachment charges. He said he wouldn't have changed his approach, in light of #MeToo.
"Well, I don't think it would be an issue. Because people would be using the facts instead of the imagined facts. If the facts were the same today, I wouldn't," he said.
In 1998, Clinton admitted to having an affair with Lewinsky, a scandal that launched a lengthy investigation and resulted with the second-ever presidential impeachment in United States history.
Clinton said his critics are now pouncing on that affair because of their frustration with President Trump, who has been accused by numerous women of inappropriate sexual behavior, all of which Trump has denied.
Yep. Bill Clinton is still a monster
After 20 years, Monica Lewinsky telling her own story, and the #MeToo movement, Bill Clinton has -- as his own words show -- learned absolutely nothing, says SE Cupp.Former President Bill Clinton has just revealed the ultimate lessons he's learned in the 20 years since his sordid affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky led to his impeachment: precisely, exactly none.
"A lot of the facts have been conveniently omitted to make the story work, I think partly because they were frustrated that they got all these serious allegations against the current occupant of the Oval Office. And his voters don't seem to care," Clinton said. "I think I did the right thing. I defended the Constitution."
Clinton said Trump's alleged sexual predatory behavior "hasn't gotten anything like the coverage that you would expect."
Earlier this year, Lewinsky pennedtaking responsibility for her part in the White House scandal. But she also pointed out that Clinton used his power to his advantage.
"He was my boss. He was the most powerful man on the planet. He was 27 years my senior, with enough life experience to know better," she wrote. "He was, at the time, at the pinnacle of his career, while I was in my first job out of college."
Lewinsky also admitted that she was diagnosed with PTSD from the unrelenting public scrutiny.
Clinton said he doesn't feel any more responsibility about the affair now then he did when the scandal rolled out 20 years ago.
"I felt terrible then. And I came to grips with it," he said.
He also reiterated that he asked for forgiveness publicly.
"I apologized to everybody in the world," he said.
But Clinton also questioned why other past presidents haven't been held to the same standards as he has.
"Do you think President Kennedy should have resigned? Do you believe President Johnson should have resigned?" he said.
Clinton did defend the #MeToo movement, calling it "way overdue." But, he added, "it doesn't mean I agree with everything. I still have some questions about some of the decisions which have been made."
Bill Clinton, James Patterson Novel Sells 250,000 Copies in First Week .
Not since 2015's 'Go Set a Watchman' has an adult fiction title sold as many books as 'The President Is Missing' has in its first week.Neither a rehash of the Monica Lewinsky scandal nor the suicide of best-selling author and TV host Anthony Bourdain appears to have substantially dented first-week sales of The President Is Missing, the thriller co-written by former President Bill Clinton and James Patterson. Alfred A. Knopf announced that the book has sold 250,000 copies across all formats and of that, Nielsen BookScan reported sales of 152,000 hardcover copies. (Nielsen represents about 85 percent of total print sales).
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