Hillary Clinton: Bill’s affair with Monica Lewinsky wasn’t an abuse of power because ‘she was an adult’
Almost 20 years later, Hillary Clinton is still standing by her husband.
The former secretary of state said Sunday on CBS’ “Sunday Morning” that Bill Clinton was right when he refused to step down in 1999, after the House of Representatives impeached him for perjury and obstruction of an investigation into his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
“Absolutely not,” she said when CBS correspondent Tony Dokoupil asked if the former President should have resigned.
The #MeToo movement has renewed interest in the scandal between the then-49-year-old politician and 22-year-old intern. Lewinsky has been outspoken about the bullying and gaslighting she suffered at the time and still today.
The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee said there was no abuse of power in the relationship, either, despite the clear imbalance in authority.
“She was an adult,” Clinton said, before quickly turning the conversation to President Trump.
“But let me ask you this: Where’s the investigation into the current incumbent, against whom numerous allegations have been made and which he dismisses, denies and ridicules.”
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, one of the most outspoken politicians against both former Sen. Al Franken and Trump, has said several times that Bill Clinton should have resigned at the time.
“I think this moment of time we’re in is very different,” Gillibrand said on “The View” in January. “I don’t think we had the same conversation back then, the same lens, we didn’t hold people accountable in the same way that this moment is demanding today. And I think all of us — or many of us — didn’t have that same lens, myself included.”