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I don't owe Monica Lewinsky an apology, says former US president Bill Clinton

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June 05, 2018 00:07


Former US President Bill Clinton defended himself from recent criticism of his affair with Monica Lewinsky in light of the #MeToo movement, telling NBC News he never reached out to the former White House intern following the scandal.

Clinton defended his decision to remain in office following the scandal.

"A lot of the facts have been conveniently omitted to make the story work, I think partly because they're frustrated that they got all these serious allegations against the current occupant of the Oval Office and his voters don't seem to care," Clinton said, pointing to a series of sexual misconduct allegations against current President Donald Trump, who has denied them. 

"I think I did the right thing. I defended the Constitution."

Asked if he owed Lewinsky an apology, US President Clinton said, "No, I do not -- I have never talked to her. But I did say publicly on more than one occasion that I was sorry. That's very different. The apology was public."

Clinton publicly acknowledged at the National Prayer Breakfast in 1998 that he had "sinned."

"I don't think there is a fancy way to say that I have sinned. It is important to me that everybody who has been hurt know that the sorrow I feel is genuine -- first and most important, my family, also my friends, my staff, my Cabinet, Monica Lewinsky and her family, and the American people."

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