Bill Clinton Reconsiders Lewinsky Comments

Stephen Colbert grills former president on interview he did with NBC News' Craig Melvin
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2018 8:16 AM CDT

Former President Clinton showed up on The Late Show on Tuesday night with author James Patterson to promote their new book, but per the Week, Stephen Colbert "jumped straight into" another hot topic—that of Clinton's riled-up interview earlier that day with NBC News reporter Craig Melvin, in which the former president got testy when asked about whether he'd ever apologized to Monica Lewinsky. Clinton said he'd said sorry publicly, though not privately, to the ex-White House intern, but it was his flustered and hostile reaction to the question that drew criticism. "Would you like a do-over on that answer?" Colbert asked him, adding Clinton's response "seemed tone-deaf to me because you seemed offended to be asked about this thing when, in all due respect, sir, your behavior was the most famous example of a powerful man sexually misbehaving in the workplace of my lifetime."

Clinton conceded he'd previously been asked the sort of question Melvin had asked, and that he was just thrown by the "assertion" he'd never apologized. But "when I saw the interview … it looked like I was saying I didn't apologize and I had no intention to, and I was mad at me. … It wasn't my finest hour." He reiterated he'd made his mea culpas with Lewinsky, her family, and all Americans, and that "I still believe this Me Too movement is long overdue, necessary, and should be supported." (Lewinsky says she had an invite pulled because Clinton was going to be at the event.)

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