Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Does Bill owe Monica an apology in person?

Does Bill owe Monica an apology in person?

Former President Bill Clinton appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night to promote the new novel he's co-written with author James Patterson, but unsurprisingly, the lead topic was Clinton's previous appearance on the Today show.

Answering the question, the former U.S. president accused the journalist of ignoring "gaping facts" in Monica Lewinsky's case and tried to downplay his misconduct, saying that he doesn't "agree with everything" the #MeToo movement does and still "has some questions about some of the decisions that have been made".

"And I apologized to my family, to Monica Lewinsky and her family and the American people", Clinton said.

She was talking about Clinton's interview with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night's Late Show, in which Clinton acknowledged his Today sit-down was "not his finest hour".

Clinton added that the original comments didn't represent his "finest hour", but he's since reconsidered his remarks.

Instead, he said he did the right thing by "defending the Constitution", mentioned the $16 million of debt he accumulated defending himself, chided the reporter for supposedly leaving out important context, then claimed #MeToo proponents were "frustrated that they got all these serious allegations against the current occupant in the Oval Office and his voters don't seem to care". "And I would never dispute that". He said NBC "had to distill" his response for the interview broadcast "and it looked like I was saying, 'I didn't apologize and I had no intention to.' And I was mad at me".

Clinton noted that he made a public apology in 1998.

Muguruza thrashes Sharapova to reach French Open semi-finals
The victor of Thursday's semi-final will also decide the world number one spot which Muguruza held for four weeks past year . But the dogged Romanian scrapped hard to turn the contest on its head to win 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 6-2 to advance to the final four.

Flowers laughed at Clinton's assertion that he supports the #MeToo movement.

"Why are you surprised?" he asked the former president.

He said, again, that he apologized at the time to Lewinsky and her family.

Clinton says he has not spoken to her and does not owe her an apology.

With the emergence of the #MeToo movement, Ms Lewinsky wrote an essay in the March issue of Vanity Fair in which she said 'what inspired between Bill Clinton and myself was not sexual assault, although we now recognise that it constituted a gross abuse of power'.

When Whoopi then pointed out how Hillary Clinton has been "dragged through the dirt" over her husband's affair, McCain accused Hillary of being "complicit". "I meant it then, I meant it now", he added. "The Clintons are continuing to get a pass in the media and it's very obvious that the man who once was the great orator, that man is long gone". The Republican Party used an investigation into real estate deals - which essentially turned up nothing - to impeach Clinton because he lied under oath about his relationship with Lewinsky.

Like this: