Hillary Clinton doesn't believe former President Bill Clinton's 1990s extramarital affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky constituted an abuse of power.
"No. No," Hillary Clinton said during an interview with "CBS Sunday Morning" when asked directly whether her husband took advantage of his position in 1995 to instigate sexual relations with Lewinsky when she was 22 years old.
Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state and the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, added that there was "absolutely" no need for Bill Clinton to resign as the country's chief executive after news of the scandal broke in 1998 amid independent counsel Ken Starr's investigation. Starr's report culminated in Bill Clinton's impeachment by the House of Representatives before the Senate acquitted him of perjury and obstruction of justice charges.
"There are people [who] look at the incidents of the '90s and they say, 'A president of the United States cannot have a consensual relationship with an intern. The power imbalance is too great,'" host Tony Dokoupil said during Sunday's episode of the CBS show, a segment of which focused on the rise of women in politics ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
"Who was an adult," Hillary Clinton interjected. "But let me ask you this: where's the investigation of the current incumbent, against whom numerous allegations have been made, and which he dismisses, denies, and ridicules? So, there was an investigation and it, as I believe, came out in the right place."
Lewinsky, now 45, described the dynamic she shared with Bill Clinton as "an inappropriate abuse of authority, station, and privilege" in an article for Vanity Fair in February in light of the #MeToo movement.
"There are many more women and men whose voices and stories need to be heard before mine," Lewinsky said. "There are even some people who feel my White House experiences don’t have a place in this movement, as what transpired between Bill Clinton and myself was not sexual assault, although we now recognize that it constituted a gross abuse of power."