NEW YORK – Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Sunday that the affair her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, had with White House intern Monica Lewinsky was not an abuse of power.
In an interview with the CBS network, the former presidential candidate for the Democratic Party said that, during the time that Lewinsky and the then president had a relationship (1995-1997), Lewinsky was 22 years old and was “already an adult” and she does not consider it an abuse of power
At a time of great feminist debate and the rise of the #MeToo movement, which she herself has defended, Hillary Clinton was questioned about whether her husband should have resigned as president of the United States when the matter came to light, to which she responded: “Absolutely not.”
When asked again if Bill Clinton had committed an abuse of power, with the interviewer suggesting that a president of the United States could not have a consensual relationship with an intern because of the disparity in power, Clinton dismissed the claim, saying that Lewinsky was already an adult.
The former president faced impeachment proceedings over his affair with Lewinsky in 1998 as well as for lying under oath and obstructing justice. In the end, Bill Clinton was acquitted and remained in office.
In the March issue of Vanity Fair magazine, Lewinsky herself said in an extensive column that there was some “inappropriate abuse of authority, position and privilege” by Bill Clinton at the time, although she acknowledged that the relationship between the two was consensual.