Bill’s affair with Lewinsky not abuse of power: Hillary
Washington, October 15
Hillary Clinton has said her husband Bill’s affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky was not an abuse of power and he was right to not resign from the US presidency in the wake of the scandal.
The two-decade old episode has come under renewed scrutiny in the #MeToo era, with critics questioning whether the power imbalance between a sitting president and an intern made it impossible for the relationship to be considered consensual.
Some, like New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, have said that Bill Clinton should have stepped down after he was impeached by a Republican-controlled House.
But speaking on CBS News, Hillary Clinton said she disagreed. “Absolutely not,” she replied when asked whether her husband should have resigned.
Pressed on whether the relationship was an abuse of power, Hillary said: “No, no” and noted that Lewinsky, who was 22-years-old at the time, “was an adult.” “There was an investigation and it, as I believe, came out in the right place,” she added.
In 1999, the Senate held a month-long trial of president Clinton that ultimately fell well short of the two-thirds majority required to convict and remove him from office.
Lewinsky, for her part, long maintained the affair was consensual, but in an essay published in Vanity Fair earlier this year wrote she had begun to re-evaluate that view.