Bill Clinton: I Do Not Owe Monica Lewinsky an Apology

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As the interview went on, Clinton grew increasingly frustrated by the course of discussion, ending the conversation with a straightforward presentation of facts: "This was litigated 20 years ago". I dealt with it 20 years ago, plus, and the American people, two-thirds of them, stayed with me.

Asked whether in light of #MeToo he should have resigned instead of fighting impeachment, Clinton said: "I think I did the right thing".

"I apologized to everybody in the world", Clinton said of his public apology.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton says the #MeToo movement is overdue.

On the question of whether he thinks I should apologize in person before Monica Lewinsky, bill replied in the negative.

"Well, I just disagree with her", Clinton told CBS on Sunday.

At the same time, the former Democratic president claimed credit for empowering women in his orbit and disputed that he might owe Lewinsky a private apology, insisting his public televised apology was adequate.

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Clinton, 71, was impeached by the House of Representatives in 1998 for perjury and obstruction of justice after admitting to a sex scandal with Lewinsky, but was acquitted by the Senate in 1999.

Former President Bill Clinton applauded former President Barack Obama's time in office but agreed that the "political press" favored him because he was the first president who was African-American.

In the wake of the #MeToo movement that is changing cultural views about sexual harassment, Lewinsky opened up about being able to look at the situation differently, while still accepting responsibility for her own decisions.

Has Lewinsky asked for a personal apology from Clinton?

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.

Clinton was referencing a 1998 mea culpa he made before a meeting of ministers at the National Prayer Breakfast in which he mentioned Lewinsky and her family along with "my family, my friends, my staff, my cabinet". I hadn't heard that precise figure, but I know that it was in the millions, that when he left the White House he faced steep legal fees, or at least the party did. "Because of that interview, I don't think he's campaigning anywhere ever again unless he can clean it up and fix it pretty quickly". He was the most powerful man on the planet.

"I now see how problematic it was that the two of us even got to a place where there was a question of consent". When asked if he feels responsible, the 71-year-old said, "No I felt bad then, and I came to grips with it". He was 27 year my senior, with enough life experience to know better. But it wasn't just this fact that made the former president uncomfortable during an interview with the Today show.

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