This morning, Bill Clinton was a guest on The Today Show to promote a new novel he’s co-written with James Patterson, but things took a tense turn when he was asked about the Monica Lewinsky scandal in light of the MeToo movement.
Though he said, “I’ve never talked to her,” he claimed that he apologized to “everybody in the world … I did say, publicly, on more than one occasion, that I was sorry … The apology was public.” He said he doesn’t owe her an apology.
In the same interview, he said he doesn’t “agree with everything” related to the MeToo movement, though overall he liked the movement. Clinton said he thinks he did the right thing by fighting impeachment.
When asked if he would approach “the accusations differently” if he were president today, Clinton said, “If the facts were the same today, I wouldn’t.”
Recently, Monica Lewinsky wrote an essay for Vanity Fair, explaining, “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: “He was my boss. He was the most powerful man on the planet. He was 27 years my senior, with enough life experience to know better. He was, at the time, at the pinnacle of his career, while I was in my first job out of college.”