Time has not made Bill Clinton feel worse about that Monica Lewinsky sex scandal! "I dealt with it 20 years ago, and I've tried to do a good job since then, and with my life and with my work. Two-thirds of the American people sided with me and they were not insensitive to that". "That's all I have to say".
The former president said he has not apologized privately to Lewinsky - nor spoken to her at all - and that he does not believe such an apology is necessary because he has repeatedly done so publicly.
"As I find myself reflecting on what happened, I've come to understand how my trauma has been, in a way, a microcosm of a larger, national one", she wrote. In September of 1998, the then-president did publicly apologize to Lewinsky and others hurt by his behavior, but he has never said he was sorry to Lewinsky personally. "That's very different - the apology was public".
The interview was supposed to be promoting Mr Clinton's new fictional political thriller, The President Is Missing, which he co-wrote with author James Patterson. However he was later acquitted in the Senate and remained in power until 2001. Back in March, Lewinsky said that it wasn't "sexual assault" but was still an "abuse of power".
Melvin made a decision to bring up the #MeToo movement that has gained traction in the recent months following the explosive admissions and allegations aimed squarely at Harvey Weinstein. Clinton asked. "Do you believe President Johnson should've resigned? He was 27 years my senior, with enough life experience to know better".
Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey and Paula Jones, three of the women who have accused Clinton of sexual harassment, said in November that they felt newly vindicated. "If the facts were the same today, I wouldn't [resign]".
Clinton is right that the times have changed, but so far his answer hasn't changed with the times. He said that President Trump's sexual misconduct allegations have not "gotten anything like the coverage you would expect".
Democrats had wondered how Clinton, once a hot commodity on the campaign trail, would take on questions about the #MeToo movement and his history. He did talk about, he says that he didn't get off free, that he had left the White House $16 million in debt. He hadn't apologized to her directly.
FLAHERTY: You know, the interview was so interesting because Craig Melvin actually starts the entire interview with what I thought was such a softball question, which is - everyone is thinking, really, in light of Me Too, does Bill Clinton think he's guilty of anything?