Published: Mon, October 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

President Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky was not abuse of power: Hillary Clinton

President Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky was not abuse of power: Hillary Clinton

Bill Clinton lied about and then admitted to having an affair with a White House intern, almost three decades his junior, while he was USA president.

Hillary Clinton has defended her husband, former President Bill Clinton, over his affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky by directly contradicting her characterization what happened. One of the allegations against Clinton is that he raped a woman in 1970s. She was then asked whether the relationship was an "abuse of power", to which she said, "No".

Hillary Clinton said the incident could not be considered "abuse of power" as Lewinsky, 22 years old at the time, was an "adult".

Asked if Bill Clinton should have resigned in the wake of the scandal, she said, "absolutely not".

During an interview with CBS News, Clinton addressed her complicated position between standing by her husband and believing women in the wake of the #MeToo movement and the hearings between Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

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Shifting topics nearly immediately, she said, "But let me ask you this: Where's the investigation of the current incumbent [president], against whom numerous allegations have been made, and which he dismisses, denies, and ridicules?" "Hillary isn't responsible for what her husband did, but she should be able to recognize it as an abuse of power".

Hillary said that Bill and Lewinsky were both consenting adults at the time of their affair. "It bothers me that she tries to be this speaker and embody this person that's empowering women, when all these years you had women that came out and were telling their story about the way they were treated with Clinton".

Later in the interview, Hillary pointed at the sexual misconduct allegations made against President Donald Trump, asking where were the investigations into such accusations.

The House in 1999 voted to impeach Clinton of perjury and obstruction of its investigation into the affair.

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