(UnitedVoice.com) – In a new documentary on Hulu about Hillary Clinton, former President Bill Clinton talked in detail about why he had an affair with 22-year-old Monica Lewinsky, lied about it, and how he came clean with Hillary.
When the affair began in late 1995, Clinton was a 49-year-old sitting president and Lewinsky was a 22-year-old White House intern. The affair lasted for nearly two years. During this time of Clinton’s presidency, he was under scrutiny by the media for allegations of sexual improprieties with numerous women from his time as Governor of Arkansas.
In January 1998, The Drudge Report published allegations about “contamination” on a blue dress that Lewinsky kept. Days later, Clinton denied the affair. Pointing at the camera, he said, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” The following day, Hillary appeared on the Today Show and defended her husband claiming a “vast right-wing conspiracy.”
The former president initially testified in the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit that he did not have an affair with Lewinsky. However, after the blue dress was revealed, he backtracked in a sworn grand jury testimony and admitted inappropriate conduct took place.
In December 1988, Clinton was impeached by the House for lying to a grand jury and obstruction of justice. A few weeks later, the Senate acquitted him of both charges.
Bill Clinton Shares Why He Lied
In the documentary, the former president said that life in the White House was like a 15-round fight that extended to 30 rounds. The affair helped take his mind off of the pressures of the presidency and it helped him to manage his anxieties.
When he finally confessed to Hillary, he said she was devastated and hurt over the lying. She decided to stay beside Bill and together they went through intense counseling.
Today, Clinton says he’s a different man and offered a lackluster apology to Lewinsky. He said that he feels terrible that her life has been unfairly defined by what happened twenty years ago as she has tried to live a normal life.
In a 2018 Vanity Fair article, Lewinsky wrote that her relationship with Clinton was “a gross abuse of power” considering their 27-year gap in age and his position.
In light of the #MeToo movement, both of the Clintons have suffered more damage to their reputation. Bill was forced to stay away for much of the 2016 campaign over allegations of more affairs. To make matters worse for Hillary, Donald Trump accused her of being an enabler of Bill’s behavior and brought out her past accusers just before a presidential debate to make the point.
Hillary stated in the documentary that she still doesn’t believe that Bill should have been impeached for lying over an affair that deeply hurt her. Yet, she also claims that misogyny was one of the reasons she lost the 2016 election.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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