20 Years After Monica Lewinsky Scandal, Bill Clinton Makes Controversial Statement

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June 04, 2018Jun 04, 2018

Former President Bill Clinton was asked on Monday’s Today show if he regretted how he handled the situation with Monica Lewinsky 20 years ago that led to his impeachment.

According to ET Online, to this day, he has yet to issue a private apology to Lewinsky.

“No, I do not,” was his reply, when asked by NBC News Craig Melvin if he thought he owed Lewinsky an apology.

“I’ve never talked to her,” he added. “I did say publicly, on more than one occasion, that I was sorry. That’s very different. The apology was public.”

Melvin also asked him if he would have done things differently in 2018 after the #MeToo movement swept through the country.

“I don’t think it would be an issue,” he said, explaining that “people would be using the facts instead of the imagined facts. If the facts were the same today, I wouldn’t.”

Four months ago, in Vanity Fair, Lewinsky, now 44, wrote an essay about her reflection of that trial. She said that she respects and admires the courage of the women “who have stood up and begun to confront entrenched beliefs and institutions.”

"But as for me,” she added, “my history, and how I fit in personally? I'm sorry to say I don't have a definitive answer yet on the meaning of all of the events that led to the 1998 investigation; I am unpacking and reprocessing what happened to me."

"I now see how problematic it was that the two of us even got to a place where there was a question of consent," she continued. "Instead, the road that led there was littered with inappropriate abuse of authority, station, and privilege."

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