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Clinton, on Colbert, says Lewinsky comments were 'not my finest hour'

Clinton, on Colbert, says Lewinsky comments were 'not my finest hour'

"The suggestion was that I never apologized for what caused all the trouble for me 20 years ago", Clinton said.

"The truth is, the hubbub was I got hot under the collar because of the way the questions were asked", Clinton explained during the opening of his book tour in NY. "And I think what was lost were the two points that I made that are important to me", Clinton told a NY audience at an event for his book tour on Monday evening.

When NBC anchor Craig Melvin asked Clinton if he owed Lewinsky (who was 22 years old then) an apology, the 71-year-old answered in the negative. "And I was mad at me", Clinton said, to surprised laughter from the audience, in reference to an earlier interview he did with NBC. "Its way overdue. It doesnt mean I agree with everything".

Asked if he would apologize privately to Ms. Lewinsky today if she were in the room, Mr. Clinton replied, "If she were here now and I would speak to her, it wouldn't be a private conversation". "So I did that". I have had to live with the consequences every day since.

"Here's what I want to say, it wasn't my finest hour", Clinton argued.

"Beyond that, I think it would be good if we could go on with the discussion", Clinton added.

"No, the Clintons did not leave the White House "$16 million in debt". "That's very different - the apology was public".




"I've had nothing but women leaders in my office since I left", he said.

Clinton's defensive response on Monday was confirmation to many national and state-based Democrats who were concerned about how the former president would fare campaigning for Democrats amid the #MeToo movement.

Melvin then asked Clinton if he had ever apologised to Lewinsky. I think I did the right thing.

"I did not talk to her", Clinton said.

Lewinsky has not directly responded to the recent hubbub over Clinton's answers, but she did tweet on Monday that she was "grateful to the myriad people who have helped me evolve + gain perspective in the past 20 years".

"He was my boss", she wrote. "I'm going to continue to put my faith in our candidates because they are incredible and they have important stories to tell as we work to restore checks and balances and earn back the trust of the American people".

"I like the MeToo movement", Clinton said.


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