Sen. Gillibrand Says Bill Clinton Should Have Resigned Over Monica Lewinsky Affair

Pauline Gross
November 19, 2017

The senator's comments received a strong response from Hillary Clinton's former spokesman, criticizing her for accepting support from the Clinton's for over 20 years.

Bill Clinton engaged in a sexual relationship with Lewinsky, who was 22 at the time, between 1995 and 1996.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (2nd R) (D-NY), Rep. Jackie Speier (2nd L) (D-CA), Rep. Bruce Poliquin (L) (D-ME), and Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (R) (D-NH) speak at a press conference on sexual harassment in Congress on November 15, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Gillibrand's disavowal of the Clintons follows other former allies such as Donna Brazile and left-wing Vox columnist Matthew Yglesias. Kirsten Gillibrand said former President Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky, then a White House intern, should have forced him to resign at the time.

A New York Times podcast host asked her if she believed the former president should have stepped down after the Lewinsky affair was outed.

"In my adult life, politically, no one has inspired me to get off the sidelines and truly make a difference more than Hillary Clinton has", Ms. Gillibrand said previous year in an essay on why she was supporting Mrs. Clinton.

Gillibrand's remarks are particularly noteworthy considering she was a big supporter of Hillary Clinton's recent presidential campaign. He was later acquitted of the charges in the Senate and remained in office.

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"Ken Starr spent $70 million on a consensual (oral sex act)", Reines tweeted on Thursday. But not enough for you @SenGillibrand?

Reines, long a part of the Clintons' inner circle, played Donald Trump during the Democratic nominee's mock debates.

She added, "I think in light of this conversation, we should have a very different conversation about President Trump and a very different conversation about allegations against him than what has been had to date". Over 20 yrs you took the Clintons' endorsements, money, and seat.

Gillibrand's remarks were reported on the same day that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other prominent lawmakers from both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill called for U.S. Sen.

The statement came at a time when the topic of sexual misconduct is reverberating around Capitol Hill-as it is around nearly every sector in the United States. Hypocrite", he wrote. "Interesting strategy for 2020 primaries.

Her comments came during a panel conversation about the countless women who are speaking out and sharing stories about alleged sexual harassments and sexual assaults they have encountered while working in various industries, including politics. For someone who has been so closely intertwined with the Clintons throughout her political career, it was an extraordinary statement.

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