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Video: Hillary Clinton denies that husband Bill’s affair with Monica Lewinsky was an abuse of power
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More than 20 years since her husband was first embroiled in a sex scandal, Hillary Clinton is still standing by her man.
In an interview with CBS Sunday, the failed presidential candidate said that her husband Bill should “absolutely not” have resigned from the presidency over his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. She added that the former president’s affair with Lewinsky was “not” an abuse of power because Lewinsky was a legal adult at the time.
Hillary: Lewinsky affair not abusive
The former first lady has become a vocal supporter of the #MeToo movement in recent months, a position that some say is complicated by her defense of her husband. Asked by CBS whether she has ever played any role in attacking the character of her husband’s accusers, Mrs. Clinton gave a firm denial.
“None,” she said. “I take responsibility for my life and my actions.”
But in almost the same breath, Clinton went on to defend her husband’s involvement with Lewinsky, saying that he should “absolutely not” have stepped down over the scandal that led to his impeachment by the House for lying about the affair.
“It wasn’t an abuse of power?” CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil asked.
“No. No,” Clinton answered. “[She] was an adult.”
Clinton went on to redirect the conversation into an attack on current President Donald Trump, saying: “Let me ask you this, where’s the investigation of the current incumbent, against whom numerous allegations have been made?”
Watch the former first lady defend her husband:
Pattern of enabling
The accusations against former President Bill Clinton have received renewed attention amid the #MeToo movement, placing his wife, and the former secretary of State, in an awkward position. Even as Hillary Clinton has said that women should be listened to and believed, many say that she has made an exception of her husband’s accusers.
Clinton’s comments on Lewinsky came after a separate CNN interview in which she said that the accusations against her husband were not comparable to allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh or President Trump. But her description of what took place between her husband and Lewinsky flatly contradicts what the former White House intern-turned-#MeToo activist has said about the affair.
Writing in Vanity Fair in March, Lewinsky described the relationship as a “gross abuse of power.”
“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.
Still, Hillary Clinton’s readiness to discredit her husband’s accusers appears to fit within a long-standing pattern. In the early 1990s, Mrs. Clinton responded to lounge singer Gennifer Flowers’ accusations of an affair with her husband by attacking her character and calling her a “failed cabaret singer” who was chasing 15 minutes of fame.
Bill Clinton rape accuser Juanita Broaddrick has also alleged being intimidated into silence by the former secretary of State.
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