Hillary Clinton said Sunday that her husband, former President Bill Clinton, was right not to resign over his affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky and the subsequent scandal that rocked his administration in the late 1990s. CBS host Tony Dokoupil asked Hillary Clinton during the "Sunday Morning" TV show.
Lewinsky has rarely spoken about the affair, but a year ago, she wrote a powerful piece Vanity Fair, re-examining the events of the late 90s through the lens of the #MeToo movement.
Mrs. Clinton also said that President Bill Clinton should "absolutely not" have stepped down over the White House affair, which began in 1995 when Ms. Lewinsky was 22.
"I have to say that what she just did is exactly what the Republicans do, they change the subject", said a frustrated Joy Behar on Monday's episode.
But Clinton points to her "adulthood", and the fact that there was a comprehensive investigation as some sort of proof that Lewinsky-a young woman fresh out of college, in her first job, who was courted into a sexual relationship with a man who was decades her senior, married, and the president of the United States-was treated fairly, that she was somehow an equal player in all of this. One of the allegations against Clinton is that he raped a woman in 1970s.
"What transpired between Bill Clinton and myself was not sexual assault, although we now recognize that it constituted a gross abuse of power", she wrote in Vanity Fair.
Of all the accusations against former President Clinton, however, Hillary Clinton only acknowledged her husband's affairs with Lewinsky and U.S. singer and actress Gennifer Flowers, both of which were, until 2018, widely considered consensual.
"But let me ask you this", Clinton continued, "Where's the investigation of the current incumbent, against whom numerous allegations have been made, and which he dismisses, denies, and ridicules?"
The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate compared the reaction to her husband's conduct to that of President Trump.
Talking to Dokoupil, Clinton affirmed that she played "no role" in undermining the character of the women who came out against her husband.
The former secretary of state said of the subsequent investigation into her husband, "I believe, came out in the right place".