Monica Lewinsky speaks out on affair

The former White House intern says Bill Clinton "took advantage" of her
Associated Press
May 6, 2014

Monica Lewinsky says there's no question her boss — Bill Clinton — "took advantage" of her when he was president.

But she says their affair was consensual and if there was any abuse involved, it came afterward, when Clinton's inner circle tried to discredit her and the president's opponents used her as a political pawn.

The former White House intern, now 40, writes about her life in the next issue of Vanity Fair magazine, out this month. In released excerpts, she says she's perhaps the first Internet era scapegoat and wants to speak out on behalf of other victims of online humiliation.

Her willingness to step forward may come at an inopportune time as former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton considers running for president. Republicans have signaled they don't consider her husband's scandal from the late 1990s out of bounds in the realm of 2016-style political dialogue.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a likely GOP presidential contender, answered criticisms of the Republican record on women's issues by saying in January that the last Democratic president engaged in "predatory behavior" with a woman, Lewinsky, who was 22 when her liaisons with Clinton began in 1995. Clinton's lies about the relationship contributed to his impeachment by the House in 1998; the Senate acquitted him.

Lewinsky writes that she deeply regrets the affair and made a point of staying silent through several presidential campaigns to avoid becoming a distraction. Now, she writes, it's time to stop "tiptoeing around my past — and other people's futures. I am determined to have a different ending to my story. I've decided, finally, to stick my head above the parapet."

Invoking her headwear from endlessly repeated TV clips and the stained garment considered as evidence against Clinton, she writes: "It's time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress."

But these aren't her first public words on the scandal. Lewinsky broke her silence in 1999 with a blockbuster interview with Barbara Walters, gave several subsequent interviews and cooperated with author Andrew Morton on his book the same year, entitled "Monica's Story."

"Sure, my boss took advantage of me," she writes now, "but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship. Any 'abuse' came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position."

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deertracker

"Sure, my boss took advantage of me," she writes now, "but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship. Any 'abuse' came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position."

DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

downthemiddle

''It just depends on what your definition of 'is' is''.

''I did not have.... sex... with that woman.''

''What difference does it make?''

deertracker

You lost me!

downthemiddle

Famous quotes by the Clintons....

'Where ya been?

deertracker

How does that relate to this?

Where ya been?

Darwin's choice

And hillary called her "a loony toon", and then went on to say she (hillary) "emotionally neglected her husband"!!!

DUH!!!!!!!!!! And is still a moonbat herself!!!!!

kURTje

Thomas Jefferson, CIC Marion Harding, CIC Dwight Eisenhour, Sturm Thurman,....yup not any different than Bill Clinton.

JMOP

They were into cigars like Clinton too? I never knew!

grumpy

They lied under oath when they got caught with an employee? I don't seem to remember reading that anywhere before. Can't seem to find it either when I do a search on the internet.

JACKEL

Kurt, How can you not mention the Greatest of all ,JFK ? He had more broads in The White House, brought in my Secret Service than tours. Then Clinton lies under oath and Hillary lies under oath but that is ok if you are a Dumacrat !

coasterfan

They are probably following the lead of the Bush White House, who fibbed their way into 2 unnecessary wars, and Reagan, who continually pled the 5th during the Congressional Hearings over the Iran Contra Scandal.

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Reagan pleaded the fifth? Huh...

Transcript
Oliver North Pleads the Fifth During Iran Contra Hearings
Representative DANTE FASCELL (Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Committee): Colonel, we appreciate you coming here, and one of the purposes also is to make this forum available to you to say whatever you want to say at this point.
BRENDAN SULLIVAN, Attorney: Mr. Chairman, we appreciate the opening remarks of the Chairman and the other congressman. It should come as no surprise that responsible counsel will advise the Colonel to assert his constitutional right not to testify. That is what we have done and that is what we will continue to do. In that regard, the Colonel has a brief statement to make to the committee, and we appreciate the opportunity to do so.
FASCELL: Thank you, Mr. Sullivan. Lieutenant Colonel North.
Lt. Colonel OLIVER NORTH: Thank you Mr. Chairman, members of the Committee, and thank you Mr. Sullivan. I am anxious, as I know that you are, to put this matter behind us and to facilitate the important business of protecting the national security interests of the United States. I share your desire to put this issue to rest quickly and fully, and to further that end, I want to be able to provide a full exposition of the facts as I know them on this matter. In that regard, you know that I am and have been since June of 1968 an officer of the United States Marine Corps. As such, I have taken an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. I have tried to do so honorably. In the course of investigating this matter, members of this body, others have suggested that statutes may have been violated and an independent counsel has been requested by the Attorney General. Despite my very strong desire to provide Congress with my recollection of the facts pertaining to this matter, counsel has advised me that I should avail myself of the protections provided by that same Constitution that I have fought to support and defend. I intend to follow that advise exactly.
FASCELL: Thank you very much Colonel.

http://archives.nbclearn.com/por...

grumpy

You have to understand coaster is stumbling around desperatly trying to come up with something that is as bad as ling under oath from a repube President. He simply mistook a Lt. Colonel and the Commander in Chief. They are so close in rank that it is easy to do... at least by a former teacher... who never checks his facts, and has a bad memory... and is only slightly biased.

The Big Dog's back

Actually, Raygun pleaded stupidity.

Donegan

You must have approved of their lies because you support those who take after them.
The fact is they are liars and you defend their lies. Does not say much for your political opinion now does it?

Justwow

She is hotttt

mikeylikesit

yeah, i would marry her..

From the Grave

Monica who?

Licorice Schtick

Lewinsky. You know - the piece of trash who betrayed the President. Tool of a Republic dirty- trick gotcha scheme. Probably a co-conspirator, but possibly just a dupe.

AJ Oliver

Yeah, that is way worse than lying the country into war (ie., Dubya).

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coasterfan

Good point, A.J. How many thousands died because of Bush's lies? I lost count a long time ago...

anthras

Cfan says how many thousands died because of Bush's lies?

I do think he did have congressional approval which included a Democratic senate. Also I have included some quotes from other politicians that did comment on the WMD's and I am asking if they were all lying also?

"One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line." --President Bill Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

"If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program." --President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

"Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face." --Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998

"He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983." --Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

"[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs." Letter to President Clinton, signed by: -- Democratic Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others, Oct. 9, 1998

"Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process." -Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998

"Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies." -- Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999

"There is no doubt that ... Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies." Letter to President Bush, Signed by: -- Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), and others, Dec 5, 2001

"We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and th! e means of delivering them." -- Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002

"We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country." -- Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

"Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power." -- Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction." -- Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002

"The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons..." -- Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002

"I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force -- if necessary -- to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security." -- Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002

"There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years ... We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction." -- Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002

"He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do" -- Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002

"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members ... It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons." -- Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

"We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction." -- Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002

"Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation ... And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction ... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real..." -- Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003

The Big Dog's back

Is there a point in there somewhere?

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It would appear that in response to an ignorant assertion that the entirety of the Iraq war was at the lone machinations of known evil genius, President George Bush, it may not have been such a blind nor unilateral action as the partisan commentator stated. Now, I've been around the alphabet a few times and it so happens I noticed a lot of (D)s after the quotes, heavily indicating that those statements were made by Democrats. For reference that is the party that is traditionally in opposition to Republicans (R) to which our former President belonged.

Thus it is safe to presume that the decision to invade was made in a bipartisan manner and not entirely at the behest nor guidance of the President.

The more you know!~*

anthras

Re:"Is there a point in there somewhere?"

Yes there is a point in there and my grandson was able to understand it and as he is in the 7th. grade and I just assumed that the posters here would also understand the point.

From the Grave

The point is, that thanks to the poor leadership of the last 20 years, people now have time to write 10,000 word comments since they can't work anymore anyway.

anthras

Re:"The point is, that thanks to the poor leadership of the last 20 years, people now have time to write 10,000 word comments since they can't work anymore anyway."

I do run a business and actually work about 55-60 hours a week and running my own business has perks like if I wake up in the morning and feel ill I do not have to call my employer and advise that I am too sick to work that day I just get up and do the work to get the job done. Also at the end of the day if I do not have everything done that I should do that day I do not have to punch out and leave I stay at it until I am done. If I am too busy to take a vacation then I do not have to take the time off I can just continue to work.

JOATMON

WOW! 40 already. They grow up so fast don't they? seems like not that long ago she was crawling around the white house on her hands and knees, putting things in her mouth...

GoBigLex2001

LOL!! Thats funny!

Shes not bad looking. I'd hit it

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