Hillary Clinton says Bill Clinton's affair not an abuse of power

Leroy Wright
October 16, 2018

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday said her husband Bill Clinton was right in not resigning from the US presidency in the aftermath of his affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky in 1998.

"I have to say that what she just did is exactly what the Republicans do, they change the subject", said a frustrated Joy Behar on Monday's episode. CBS host Tony Dokoupil asked Hillary Clinton during the "Sunday Morning" TV show.

Hillary Clinton also raised questions about President Donald Trump's conduct.

When asked if Bill should have resigned, the 2016 presidential candidate responded, "Absolutely not", while deflecting attention towards the current incumbent who has had numerous accusations of sexual misconduct lodged against him, without investigation. She was then asked whether the relationship was an "abuse of power", to which she said, "No".

"There are people who look at the incidents of the 90s and they say a president of the United States can not have a consensual relationship with an intern - the power imbalance was too great", Dokoupil started.

McCain pushed back though, pointing to the power dynamic involved between the president and an intern.

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"Power imbalance always impacts somebody's ability to consent", she added.

In an interview that aired on CBS over the weekend, Clinton defended ex-president Bill Clinton's affair with intern Lewinsky by saying she "was an adult" when it transpired.

At least two women have claimed they were sexually assaulted by Bill Clinton, including Juanita Broadderick, who has alleged he raped her in a hotel room in 1978 when he was Arkansas attorney general.

Hillary Clinton was criticized by many for standing by a cheating husband. "There has to be a recognition that we must stand against this kind of action, which is so sexist and misogynistic".

Talking to Dokoupil, Clinton affirmed that she played "no role" in undermining the character of the women who came out against her husband.

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