Bill Clinton on Monica Lewinsky scandal, #MeToo era


With Patterson awkwardly by his side, Clinton was grilled, particularly, by NBC News on Today, about his affair with Monica Lewinsky while he was in office. "Two-thirds of the American people sided with me".

Asked if the media has been unfair to Trump in its reporting on the Russian Federation probe, Clinton said, "I think they have tried by and large to cover this investigation based on the facts".

"As I find myself reflecting on what happened, I've come to understand how my trauma has been, in a way, a microcosm of a larger, national one", she wrote.

"What you saw there, I think, is the end of Bill Clinton's life as a public figure in this country", GOP strategist Steve Schmidt said on "Morning Joe".

Former President Bill Clinton sat for an interview with NBC's Craig Melvin on Sunday for a Today segment ostensibly about the novel he co-authored with legendary thriller writer James Patterson.

Despite being impeached on December 19, 1998 by the House of Representatives for perjury and obstruction of justice - he was later acquitted of the charges - Mr Clinton remained as president of the United States for another two years.

Clinton also noted that there had been negative consequences for him related to the episode, which led to his impeachment by the House but acquittal by the Senate.

McGowan was among the first to accuse disgraced media mogul Harvey Weinstein of raping her and has been an outspoken champion of the #MeToo movement.

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The whole point of Melvin's questioning Clinton about Lewinsky now was that sometimes social and personal perceptions can shift in 20 years.

As for Clinton's feelings about the larger #metoo movement, in the same interview, he said cryptically: "I still have questions about some of the decisions which have been made".

But critics were "omitting facts" and grouping him in with those accused of harassment, he said. "I left the White House $16 million in debt", he added later in the interview, then challenging the interviewer. "Someone should ask you these questions, because of the way you formulate the questions". "I like the "#MeToo" movement, I think it's way overdue.

"No, I felt bad then, and I came to grips with it". When pressed by Melvin, Clinton played whataboutism by pointing to sexual misconduct allegations against President Trump.

Trump Jr. has often taken to Twitter to levy criticism against Democrats, liberals and many of his father's public and political enemies. "You actually owe EVERYONE an apology, especially her. #MeToo" she posted.

"I don't think there is a fancy way to say that I have sinned".

In a later tweet, she added, "Today, I wanted to tweet about my experience at Hay Literary Festival".